UCSD Club Swim Comes Sweeps at UCLA Fall Invitational

POSTED BY LIZ HENRY
UCSD Club Swim Team had its first meet of the year at UCLA’s December 2nd Fall Invitational. UCSD Club Swim overall finished in third place with men’s division in first and women’s division in fifth. In total, seven schools attended UCLA’s Fall Invitational with Grand Canyon University taking first place, USC in second place, UCLA in fourth, UC Davis in fifth, UCI in sixth, and Utah State University in last place. Several swimmers from the club swim team attended the meet and many left the team and crowd in astonishment due to their performance. On the men’s side, Ryan Lee placed first and second place for many of his individual events such as the 50 breast with a time of 27:43 (1st place), 100 fly with 54:47 (2nd), and the 100 free with 49:37 (2nd). Eric Livingston as well scored high points as he swam to first place in the 200 free with a time of 1:50:52 and 500 free with 5:19:46. Austin Gomez had an unbelievable endurance as he swam the 100 fly in 55:57, the 200 IM in 2:20:37, the 50 fly in 25:14; and the 200 fly in 2:12:58. Austin placed in third for the 100 fly and 200 IM and he got second for the 50 fly and 200 fly. The men also finished in second place for the 200 medley relay and first for the 200 and 400 free relay. On the women’s side, we had several notable swimmers that scored numerous points for UCSD. Kirsten Tang scored several points as she placed second for the 200 back and first for the 100 and 50 back. Her times consisted of 2:21:20 for the 200, 1:06:16 for the 100, and 30:63 for the 50. Claire Negus placed first in the 100 free with a time of 1:00:85 and was brave enough to be only woman from our team to swim the 100 fly with 1:11:72. There were many strong finishes from Jady Hong and Hanna Landry as they scored third for the 50 back (33:49) and 50 breast (34:74), respectively. The women also finished in second for the 400 free relay with a time of 4:17:43. It was a great meet overall. UCSD Club Swim finished in third and we saw many swimmers perform their best while helping score points. We’re off to a strong start and aim to place higher at our next meet.
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Small Team, Big Wins

POSTED BY LIZ HENRY
This past Easter weekend, UC San Diego’s Club Swim Team attended the USC Spring Invitational along with UCI, UCLA, and of course USC. Despite bringing along a much smaller team this time around with 9 total swimmers, UC San Diego still had a great performance! The women’s team started the meet off well with a solid 2nd place finish in the 200 medley relay with Esmeralda Naranjo, Vylana Trang and Danielle Dun. Continuing the trend, the women’s team had another solid relay race in the 200 Free with a 2nd place finish. On the men’s team, they managed to pull off an exciting 1st place finish in the 200 Free as well with Ryan Lee, Ryan Sitar, Kotachi Liu, and Christopher Lo and also managed to win the 400 Free Relay as well! There were a lot of notable individual swims as well. Danielle Dunn placed 3rd in the 200 Free with a 2.28.71. Esmeralda Naranjo had a fantastic swim in the 50 Free with a 27.63 as well as a 1st place finish in the 50 Fly with a 30.02!  In the 200 IM, Kotachi Liu placed 3rd with a 2:17.68 and also raced his way to a 2nd place finish in the 100 IM with a 1.03.59! Stand out swims were from Vylana Trang with her two 1st place finishes in the 50 Breast and the 100 Breast, respectively, and from Ryan Lee as he reigned over the meet with his 1st place finish in the 50 Breast, 50 Fly, and 50 Back while also helping to lead the men’s team to both their 1st place finishes in the relays! Overall, it was a fantastic meet and a huge team bonding experience!
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Club Swim Takes on the UCLA Winter Invitational

POSTED BY LIZ HENRY
On Saturday March 4th, the UC San Diego Club Swim Team competed at the UCLA Winter Invitational against UCLA, UCI, USC, and Oregon State. With great weather and a great pool to swim in, it was destined for some incredible swims! First off, there were some fantastic individual swims, with a special shoutout to the outstanding Angela Lee with a trifecta of 1st place finishes: the 100 Fly with 1.01.04, the 100 Free with 56.36, and the 200 Fly with 2.22.73. Kirsten Tang also had some notable wins in the 200 Backstroke with 2.21.24 and in the 100 Backstroke with 1.04.20. On the men’s side, Christopher Lo was fighting off a sickness but still managed to place 1st in the 50 Breastroke with a 28.26 and Torin Halsted smashed the 200 Fly with a 1st place finish of 2.08.09. On the relay side, UC San Diego also did very well! The men’s team placed 2nd in the 400 Free relay headed by Tobias Oliver, Ryan Sitar, David Song, and Torin Halsted. However the women’s team performance was one for the books! Out of the three relays of the meet, UC San Diego Women’s raced their hardest to 1st place finishes in all of them! The 200 Medley relay was headed by Kirsten Tang, Vylana Trang, Angela Lee and Hanna Landry. The 200 Free relay consisted of Claire Negus, Kirsten Tang, Hanna Landry and Angela Lee.Finally, the 400 Free relay was swum by Vylana Trang, Danielle Dun, Kirsten Tang, and Angela Lee. As a result, with such fantastic performances and races, the UC San Diego’s men’s team placed first over the other 4 teams and women’s placed 2nd leading us to 2nd overall! It was an amazing meet and performance by the Club Swim Team, and we cannot wait to come back and be even better the next time around!
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Tritons Dive into 5-School Tournament

POSTED BY LIZ HENRY
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.

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Feb 27 Swim

POSTED BY MICHAEL ZHONG
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!  
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Nov 7 Swim

POSTED BY MICHAEL ZHONG
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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