Banana Slugs Finish Second in Men’s, Eighth in Women’s in Pacific Coast Swim Conference Championships

Banana Slugs Finish Second in Men’s, Eighth in Women’s in Pacific Coast Swim Conference Championships

MONTEREY PARK (2-15) – UC Santa Cruz took part in the 2016 Pacific Coast Swim Conference Championships. The event, which was held at East Los Angeles Community College, was spread out over four days and featured competition from every division of collegiate athletics.

On Friday, the Banana Slugs' men's team had Eli Cirino finished fifth in the three meter diving competition with a score of 182.80. In the 1,000 yard freestyle, Travis Rogers finished fifth with a 9:52.35 time, Spencer Reed finished eighth at 9:56.40, Tyler Andree finished ninth at 10:00.40 and Brian Berger finished tenth with a 10:13.11 time. The 200 yard medley relay team had the best finish of the day for the Banana Slugs as they finished tied for third, along with Concordia University of California, with a time of 1:34.51. The 800 yard freestyle relay team finished fourth with a time of 6:57.58. For the women's team, in the three meter diving competition, Amanda Gritsfeld finished tenth with a score of 184.50 and Taylor Tubbs finished fourteenth with a 148.35 score. In the 1,000 yard freestyle, Krystal Feri finished eighteenth with a time of 10:57.09, Allison Dominguez finished twenty fourth with a time of 11:21.63, Alyssa San Lucas finished twenty seventh with a time of 11:30, Mindi Perez finished twenty eighth with a time of 11:31.72, Madeline Schade finished twenty ninth with a time of 11:32.37 and Kady Rubio finished with an 11:42.08 time which was good enough for thirtieth place. In the 200 yard medley relay, the Banana Slugs finished sixth with a time of 1:50.17. In the 800 yard freestyle relay, the Banana Slugs finished ninth with a time of 8:00.17. In the men's points competition, the Banana Slugs were second with 214 points while UC San Diego was in first at 270. In the women's points competition, the Banana Slugs were in sixth with 126 points while UC San Diego was in the lead with 307 points.

On Saturday, in the men's competition, in the 500 yard freestyle, Kendall Pawlowski finished eighth with a time of 4:49.77, Christian Leon finished ninth with a 4:41.10 time, Rogers finished eleventh with a time of 4:50.12 and Reed finished twelfth with a time of 4:50.15. In the 200 yard IM, Casey Colella finished seventh with a time of 1:56.43, Dane Doran finished ninth with a 1:56.70 time, Kyle Rovira finished tenth at 1:58.62, Wesley Whittlesey finished eleventh with a time of 2:00.91, John Lupu finished twelfth with a 2:01.26 time and Bowen Brooks finished with a 2:01.85 time which was good enough for thirteenth place. In the 50 yard freestyle, Ivan Garin finished fifth with a 20.59 time, Cameron Braun finished tenth with a time of 21:26, Kenny Doo finished thirteenth with a time of 21.90, JJ Amis finished fourteenth with a time of 21.91 and Vernon Wetzell finished fifteenth with a time of 22.05. The 200 yard freestyle relay team had the best finish as they placed fourth with a time of 1:25.38. In the women's competition, in the 500 yard freestyle, Megan Roby finished twenty fourth with a time of 5:19.90. In the 200 yard IM, Ellen Curry finished twenty third with a time of 2:15.09 and Kelsey Warkentin finished twenty fourth with a time of 2:15.51. In the 50 yard freestyle, Ryan Springer-Carter finished tenth with a time of 24.17, Kiara Calayag finished twenty fourth with a time of 25.19, Justine Cheng finished thirty sixth with a time of 25.80, Kristin White finished thirty ninth with a time of 26.17 and Mary Hager finished fortieth with a time of 26.30. In the 200 yard freestyle relay, the Banana Slugs finished seventh with a time of 1:40.43. In the men's competition, the Banana Slugs were second with 525 points, which trailed UC San Diego by 127 points for first. In the women's competition, the Banana Slugs were seventh with 220 points. UC San Diego led the women's competition with 749.5 points. 

On Sunday, in the men's competition, in the 100 yard butterfly, Lupu finished seventh with a time of 52.78. In the 200 yard freestyle, Braun finished fifth with a time of 1:40.57, Leon finished tenth with a time of 1:43.94, Pawlowski finished eleventh with a time of 1:46.39 and Doo finished twelfth with a time of 1:46.76. In the 100 yard breaststroke, Colella finished fourth with a time of 57.47, Amis finished sixth with a time of 57.77, Brooks finished seventh with a time of 1:00.91 and Wetzell finished eleventh with a time of 1:02.10. In the 100 yard backstroke, Whittlesey had the best finish of the day for the Banana Slugs as he finished third with a 53.28 time. In the 400 yard medley relay, the Banana Slugs also finished third with a time of 3:24.20. In the women's competition, in the 100 yard butterfly, Hager finished fourteenth with a time of 59.96, Roby finished twentieth with a time of 1:00.38, Schade finished twenty second with a time of 1:01.85 and White finished twenty eighth with a time of 1:03.01. In the 200 yard freestyle, Springer-Carter finished twenty second with a time of 2:00.04. In the 100 yard breaststroke, Jenna Riley finished fourteenth with a time of 1:08.08, Katherine Arnold finished seventeenth with a 1:11.03 time and Yvette Arca finished twenty second with a time of 1:15.14. In the 100 yard backstroke, Calayag finished twelfth at 59.71, Rubio finished twenty third with a time of 1:03.80 and Dominguez finished twenty fifth with a time of 1:04.69. In the 400 yard medley relay, the Banana Slugs finished eighth with a time of 4:03.85. In the women's team competition, UC Santa Cruz was eighth at 342 points while UC San Diego was in the lead with 1,126.5 points. In the men's team competition, UC Santa Cruz was second at 937 points and trailed UC San Diego by 166 points headed into the final day. 

On Monday, in the men's competition, in the 1,650 yard freestyle, Tyler Andree had the best finish of the day for the Banana Slugs as he finished fourth with a time of 16:22.74 and Rogers finished seventh with time of 16:59.76. In the 200 yard backstroke, Rovira finished eighth with a time of 1:58.49, Doran finished ninth with a time of 1:56.29, Berger finished eleventh with a time of 1:59.11 and Whittlesey finished thirteenth with a time of 1:59.20. In the 100 yard freestyle, Braun finished fifth with a time of 45.49, Garin finished sixth with a time of 45.64, Leon finished fifteenth with a time of 47.61, Doo finished seventeenth with a time of 47.46 and Wetzell finished nineteenth with a time of 48.63. In the 200 yard breaststroke, Colella also had a fourth place finish with a time of 2:05.31, Brooks finished seventh with a 2:16.40 time and Amis finished eleventh with a time of 2:16.70. In the 400 yard butterfly, Lupu finished fifth with a time of 1:57.06, Pawlowski finished sixth with a time of 1:59.61 and Reed finished ninth with a time of 2:01.62. In the women's competition, in the 1,650 yard freestyle, San Lucas finished nineteenth with a time of 19:22.89 and Perez finished twentieth with a time of 19:42.45. In the 200 yard backstroke, Calayag finished tied for thirteenth with a time of 2:11.96, Perez finished sixteenth with a time of 2:23.18, Rubio finished eighteenth with a time of 2:18.14 and Dominguez finished twentieth with a time of 2:18.63. In the 100 yard freestyle, Springer-Carter finished seventeenth with a time of 53.71 and Cheng finished thirty seventh with a time of 56.39. In the 200 yard breaststroke, Riley finished thirteenth with a time of 2:27.60 and Arnold finished eighteenth with a time of 2:34.65. In the 200 yard butterfly, Roby finished fifteenth with a time of 2:13.06, Curry finished twenty first with a time of 2:14.94, Schade finished twenty second with a time of 2:18.16 and Warkentin finished twenty third with a time of 2:18.36. In the 400 yard freestyle relay, the Banana Slugs finished ninth with a time of 3:37.83.                                                      

In the points competition, UC Santa Cruz finished second in the men's competition with 1,268 points. UC San Diego won the men's competition with 1,592 points. In the women's competition, UC Santa Cruz finished eighth with a total of 476.5 points. UC San Diego won the women's competition with 1,573.5 points.

The Banana Slugs will wait to see if they will participate in the NCAA Division III Swimming and Diving Championships. The participants will be announced on February 29th at 5 pm.