Swimming and Diving Tops D1 Opponents
The UCSD Men’s and Women’s Swim Teams — ranked No. 1 in Division II — bested two Division I teams this Saturday, Jan. 14 at the Loyola Marymount University Burns Aquatic Center.Written by Margaret Yau
16 January 2012
The women beat Loyola Marymount with a score of 167-94 and the men won against No. 8 ranked Division I Cal State Bakersfield with a strong showing of 165-97.
The women’s team had a dominant performance, sweeping two events. In the 1000 IM freestyle, sophomore Bethany Dong took first (10:41.41), freshman Jessica Norgaard took second (10:45.82) and freshman Megan Lee placed third (10:52.74).
The Tritons collected another clean sweep in the 200 IM, with senior Alex Henley in first (2:09.57), freshman Summer Bennett in second (2:12.20) and freshman Eva Chen in third (2:13.14).
Senior All-American Henley was the big winner on the women’s side, taking first in both the 100 yard backstroke (57.48) and the 200 yard backstroke (2:04.82).
Henley was also named Division II Female Swimmer of the Week by CollegeSwimming.com for her recent performances against Division I competition, San Diego State and Grand Canyon.
Other multiple medal winners included UCSD junior Emily Adamczyk in the 100 IM and 200 IM breaststroke with times of 1:05.51 and 2:19.45, respectively, and sophomore Anji Shakya, who won the 200 IM and 500 IM freestyle with respective times of 1:54.10 and 5:08.06.
The men’s team had one of the best meets of their season against Cal State Bakersfield, going 1-2-3 in five different races.
Triton junior Alex Rice topped the field in two events, placing first in the 100 IM butterfly (51.35) followed by junior Adam Yen (51.69) in second and freshman Dane Stassi (52.21) in third.
The Tritons swept in the 200 IM as well, with Rice placing first (1:55.80), sophomore See Han Lee in second (1:59.32) and sophomore Nick Korth in third (1:59.57).
UCSD had success in both breaststroke events — in the 100 IM, Korth won with a time of 56.84, Lee took second (58.12) and senior Griffin Bracke placed third (58.86).
In the 200 IM butterfly, Stassi took first (1:53.89), Rice took second (1:54.98) and sophomore Ahiram Rodriguez took third (1:55.73).
UCSD’s next meet will be its last one before the PCSC Championships — they will be swimming at Cal Baptist University on Saturday, Jan. 21.
The PCSC championships will be held Feb. 8-11.