UCSD Club Swim Hosts Winter 2022 Winter Invitational
UCSD Club Swim had its first meet of the quarter and first home meet of the year on February 19th, 2022. UC San Diego men came in second place with 662.5 points, behind Grand Canyon University. Combined, UC San Diego scored 952.5 points coming in second place, with GCU in first, ASU in third and USC in fourth.
Several swimmers took first place in their events. Anirudh Chandrasekaran took home first in the 200 backstroke with a time of 2:05.17. Christopher Rochez and Johnathan Hsu took home first and second in the 50 free with times of 21.40 and 22.03. In the 200 IM Matthew Swida, Mei Fukusima and Dylan Oquendo took home 2nd, 3rd and fourth with times of 2:05.02, 2:05.55, and 2:06.17. Jason Howard and Nick Papaioannides came in second and third in the 200 breaststroke with respective times of 2:15.55 and 2: 28.50. Matthew Howard took the title in the 500 free with a time of 5:08.25. Kai Zeger not only took first in the 50 fly with a time of 23.85, but also set a meet record that had not been broken since 2015! UCSD Men took top 3 in the 100 back with amazing swims by Mei Fukushima (54.73), who also set a pool record that hasn't been broken since 2015, Anirudh Chandrasekaran (55.97) and Matthew Swida (56.62). In the 100 breaststroke Mei Fukushima and Jason Howard came in second and third with times of 1:01.63 and 1:02.88. In the last individual event Kai Zeger took home first place, with a time of 55.27, and Coach Miles Corley’s meet record, which was set back in 2019. The men also took first place in the 200 Medley relay with a time of 1:37.17, which set a meet record by Matthew Swida, Kai Zeger, Christopher Rochez and Johnathan Hsu, second in the 200 Free Relay with a time of 1:29.52 by Matthew Howard, Jack Kai Lim, Matthew Swida and Johnathan Hsu, and first in the 400 Free Relay with a time of 3:17.65 by Mei Fukushima, Matthew Swida, Jason Howard and Matthew Howard. The 400 Free Relay team also set a new meet record which was previously set by UCSD in 2015.
The women also had some phenomenal swims. Captain Allie Vela came in second place in the 100 fly with a time of 1:03.30 and fourth in the 50 fly with a time of 28.17. Freshman Yu Ishii came in first place in the 50 back with a time of 30.03 and also set a meet record. UCSD women came in second place in the 200 Medley relay with a time of 1:58.43 by Yu Ishii, Marli Bannai, Allie Vela and Monica Rabin, and third in the 200 Free relay with a time of 1:48.97 by Allie Vela, Monica Rabin, Marli Bannai and Yu Ishii.
Although we were held back for a bit due to the pandemic, the team has already had so much growth this year and has so much more to come.