On Saturday November 12th, UC San Diego Club Swim attended its first meet for the school year at UCLA’s CISCA Invitational. With a team of 29 swimmers, this was our biggest turnout yet. A total of five schools competed at the swim meet: USC, UCLA, UC San Diego, UC Irvine and SCU. Both our men’s and women’s teams finished in 2nd place with a total of 589 points and 537 points, respectively! First place for men’s was won by UCLA with a total of 732 points, while first place for women’s was won by USC with a total of 566 points. Overall, UC San Diego Club Swim came in 3rd after UCLA and USC.
Our relays did extremely well, with women’s A team (Vylana Trang, Kirsten Tang, Hanna Landry, Jocelyn Wei) coming in 1st in the 400 freestyle relay, and 2nd for both the 200 medley and the 200 freestyle relay. In a surprising turn of events, UC San Diego’s men’s B team (Kotachi Liu, Anton Anderson, Martin Litre, Ryan Sitar) came in 2nd for both the 200 and 400 freestyle relays, beating our men’s A team (Nathaniel Carter, Ryan Lee, Chris Robinson, Jackson Ziegler) narrowly in both events.
In the individual events, Hanna Landry performed exceptionally, taking home first place for both the 50 breast and the 100 free, with times of 34.06 and 57.92, respectively. She was followed closely in the 50 breast by Vylana Trang, who scored second place with a time of 34.16. Martin Kushnerov, a second year, won first place in both the 50 and 100 breaststroke, with times 28.12 and 1:04.32, respectively. Esmeralda Naranjo, a freshman swimmer claimed first place in the 50 fly, scoring a personal best with a time of 29.90. Special recognition goes to Yusi, Zecheng and Leslie, first year athletes who had never competed at a swim meet before coming to UC San Diego.
Overall, the meet was a great success. Despite coming in 3rd overall, our individual men’s and women’s teams both came in 2nd, indicating a lot of promise for our upcoming quarters. We will use this meet as motivation and a learning experience to prepare ourselves for next year.
On February 27th 2016, UC San Diego’s Club Swim Team attended its first meet for the winter quarter at UCLA’s CISCA Invitational Meet. Our men’s team came in 2nd place with 510 points, while our women’s team came in 3rd with 337 points. Overall, UC San Diego placed 2nd with 847 behind UCLA’s 1294.5. 3rd place was awarded to the University of Oregon, followed by UC Irvine, USC and finally San Jose State.
Our swimmers did exceptionally well, since our size was less than two thirds that of UCLA’s. UC San Diego started off the meet strong, taking 1st and 3rd place in the men’s and women’s 200 yard medley relays, respectively. Our teams held our respective places for the 200 yard freestyle relays, with the men’s coming in 1st with a time of 1:32.65 and the women’s coming in 3rd with a time of 1:51.77. We performed even better for the 400 yard freestyle relay, with the men’s team securing the 1st again with a combined time of 3:35.55 and the women’s in 2nd place with a time of 4:09.36. A notable mention goes to captain Chase Campion, who achieved a split of 21 seconds.
Individually, many of our swimmers took first places in their events and many more set personal records. Of these were several exceptional sophomores: Andres Perkins took the 1st for 100 yard backstroke with a time of 1:03.73 while Kirsten Tang landed 1st for the 200 yard backstroke with a time of 2:24:62, smashing her former time of 2:40:00. Vylana Trang scored 1st for both the 100 and 50 yard breaststroke with times of 1:17.50 and 34.86, respectively. Lia Siegalman-Charbit, a graduate UC San Diego student from France came in a close second.
The captains also performed well at this event, with notable mention of Thomas Arnold, a senior engineering student. Arnold landed 1st place for the 200 yard butterfly with a time of 2:10.10 and 2nd place for the 100 yard butterfly. Fellow captain Kotachi Liu followed in 3rd place.
Amongst our new freshman swimmers this year, Martin Kushnerov’s performance was outstanding. He took home the 1st for the 200 yard breaststroke with a time of 2:16.12, as well as the 2nd place for the 50 yard breaststroke. Kushnerov placed 2nd in the 100 yard breaststroke and 3rd place in the 500 yard freestyle. Great job, Martin!
After a quarter of tough practices, it is clear that the team’s efforts have paid off. Our team has grown in both strength and size, and our results from this meet show great promise for a victory next quarter!
UCLA’s CISCA Invitational
UC San Diego Club Swim Team had its first meet of the year at UCLA’s November 7th CISCA Invitational. UC San Diego Club Swimming placed an overall fifth at the meet, with fifth place finishes in the men’s divisions and fourth place in the women’s. A total of 5 schools attended, with USC taking first place, UCLA in second, Santa Clara in third and UC Davis in fifth. Although the Tritons didn’t place first at the meet, many swimmer swam lightning fast times.
The Tritons had several swimmers take first place in their events as well as swim some of their personal bests. Freshman Martin Litre finished first in the 100 fly with a time of 52.58, a personal record. First year, Martin Kushnerov also did sensationally in the 100 breaststroke with a first place time of 1:00.95. Kushnerov also swam for a second place finish in the 50 breaststroke with a time of 29.29. Junior Joe Cain had the team’s fastest 50 and 100 free with times of 22.88 and 52.46, respectively. There was also a strong finish from freshman Ryan Sitar, who went a 23.05 in the 50 free. The men also finished second in the 200 medley relay, three seconds behind the USC team with a 1:45.01.
There were many strong finishes from the Lady Tritons as well. Vylana Trang, sophomore, won the women’s 50 yard breast with a 34.46, and got third in the 100 free with a time of 1:01.01. Sophomore Kirsten Tang also won the 100 backstroke and 500 freestyle with times of 1:06.86 and 6:29.81 respectively. The women also had a third place finish in the 200 yard medley relay with a time of 2:02.90.
We look forward to seeing much growth in our swim club over the coming months both as a community, and a swim team. With all of the new talented swimmers that have infiltrated our year old swim club this year, we are well on our way to winning our next meet!
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