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.