Oakland, Calif. – The UCSC Men's and Women's swim teams had a great day in the pool on Saturday at the Bay Area Invitational at Mills College. On the women's side the Slugs scored 600 points to finish second to Cal State East Bay, a division two university with multiple athletic scholarships. On the Men's side, the Slugs scored 713 points to lead all teams and had multiple first place finishes.
"It was a great early season meet for us," UCSC head coach Kim Musch said. "We have been steadily increasing our training workload over the past few weeks and our team has continued to attack races and have good swims despite increased fatigue."
The Slug relays had a strong meet. On the 400 medley relay the women's team of Katy Rubio, Krystle Talens, Kelsey Wartenkin, and Haley Bartosh placed 2nd in a time of 4:16.31 The Slug Women also had third place finishes in the 800 free (Dana Macables, Mia Marinos, Leah Smyth, Josanne Van Der Wilk, 8:26.44) and 200 free (Gina Troquato, Kim Boone, Taylor Tubbs, Emily Chortek, 1:48.85) relays. The men's 400 medley relay provided an exciting start to the meet; Tim Pace, Brandon Beaton, Daniel Hurst, and Tom Fisher manufactured an exciting come from behind victory, as freshman Fisher out touched Nick Peck of SOKA by .47 seconds for a 1st place time of 3:50.20. The men also won the 800 free relay (Thomas Maires, Austin McNicolas, Cole Varner, Hurst, 7:30.67) and the 200 free relay (Beaton, Pascal Sodemann, Pace, Varner, 1:34.05)
The fast start continued into the 1650 free where junior transfer Josanne Van Der Wilk (18:43.87) and senior Jenna Cree (19:03.20) finished 3rd and 4th respectively on the women's side while junior transfer Thomas Maires (17:18.66) and Jonathan Kotow (17:54.31) finished 1st and 2nd
Next, in the 100 Backstroke, Freshman Katy Rubio (1:03.76) placed 4th and Senior Daniel Hurst won the 1st of three individual events on the men's side in 56.96 with Junior Tim Pace (59.49) finishing second. The men also had great results in the 100 breaststroke with Freshmen Pascal Sodemann (1:03.69) and JJ Amis (1:04.28) finishing 1st and 2nd, The first of Sodemann's three first place finishes.
Rubio had a very successful meet overall, finishing 2nd in the 100 freestyle (56.90) and the 100 fly (1:01.44). Other great performers were junior transfer Josanne Van Der Wilk, finishing 3rd in the 1650 free and 2nd in the 500 free (5:30.19). Seniors Dana Macables and Captain Emi Yamaguchi also swam well; Macables finished 2nd in the 200 breaststroke (2:31.95) and 3rd in the 400 individual medley (4:53.74) while Yamaguchi scored the Slug Women's only 1st place on the day with a nail biting finish (.34 seconds ahead) in the 200 butterfly (2:16.63), one of the most grueling events in the sport.
Hurst went on to place first in the men's 50 freestyle (22.97), the men's 100 freestyle (50.1), the 400 medley relay, and the 800 free relay. Sodemann won the 100 breast, the 200 breaststroke (2:20.56) and the 400 individual Medley (4:24.36). Other notable performances include Austin McNicolas' 1st place finish in the 500 freestyle (4:53.51), Senior Team Captain Tyler Grove's 2nd place finish in the 500 free (5:11.09), Tom Fisher's 2nd place 100 freestyle (50.91), and JJ Amis' 3rd place 50 freestyle (23.38). Overall the men had a dominant 11 first place finishes in just 14 events.
This week, the Slug women hope to continue their success at our first dual meet of the year, against Division 1 San Jose State this Saturday at San Jose State, while the men have the weekend off to prepare for our Nov. 17th tri meet with Division 1 University of Pacific and Fresno Pacific.
- Matt Nauman Asst. Swim Coach