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!