Big Season Openers For Several MPSF Teams

Sophia Yamauchi, UCSB

Oct. 17, 2012

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UC SANTA BARBARA opened the 2012-13 season by claiming two victories out of three match-ups at UCLA last Friday. The Gauchos defeated Oregon State, 195-98 and Utah, 183-115. Sophia Yamauchi won the first individual race of the day in the 100 Breaststroke (1.04.47), before also taking the 200 Breaststroke (2.18.91). Freshman Marissa Neel had a strong showing in her first collegiate meet, capturing a first-place finish in the 200 Backstroke (2.03.37) and finishing in a close second in the 100 Butterfly (55.52). In the final event, Katie Tomkinson, Emma Hunt, Andrea Ward, and Yamauchi took first in the 400 Free Relay (3.30.33).

LOYOLA MARYMOUNT Camille Hopp led the La Mirada Pentathlon with a pair of first-place swims, along with 83 total points, as the Lions easily won the Saturday's event with a team total of 730. Grand Canyon, who tied the Lions on day one, was the next closest competitor with 534 points on day two. Saturday, Katie Rick accumulated 79 points, capped off with one first-place and two second-place outcomes. Freshman Kristen Clarno claimed three event titles, en route to 73 overall points.

WYOMING men claimed six events at the Denver Relays to defeat the host Pioneers (172-170) and Air Force (172-94). Cowboy victories came in the 1500 Free (13.59.90), 300 Fly (2.30.80), 100 Free (37.30), 500 Free (4.00.10), 100 Medley (41.40), and 400 Free (3.02.70). Adam Kalms swam in each of these winning relay teams, as well as a pair of runner-up relay teams.

DENVER junior Kyle Milberg set an all-time El Pomar Natatorium facility record in the 100 Back (49.40), as the Pioneers finished behind Wyoming and ahead of Air force in last weekend's Denver Relays. Denver's first-place finishes came in the 200 Medley (1.32.21), 300 Back (2.48.90), 300 Breast (2.52.80), and 400 Medley (3.31.90).

AIR FORCE placed third to Wyoming and Denver last weekend at the Denver Relays. The group of Angus MacDonald, Michael Barnosky, Kaleb Jenkins and Tim Martinelli placed second in the 200 Medley Relay (1.33.30). The group of Martinelli, George Frank, Anthony Chiaro and MacDonald also took second in the 100 Free Relay (38.80).

NORTH DAKOTA Aaron Chanas-LaRue totaled three runner-up finishes in his first collegiate meet last Friday, as UND faced St. Cloud State on night one. He started with second-place in the 1000 Free and he later grabbed two other impressive finishes (200 IM, 500 free). Senior George Philbin won the 200 Free (1.44.37) and Wesley Schultz returned to the pool following a one-year absence and took second in the 50 freestyle (21.72). Adam Gannon led a UND one-two-three finish in the 200 IM, winning the race with ease (1.55.67). In Saturday's second dual, Gannon claimed both the 100 Free and 400 IM.

PACIFIC men traveled to two-time defending NCAA Champion California on Wednesday (Oct. 10) for a dual. Oliver Simkovic placed second in the 200 Back (1.50.92) and third in the 400 IM (4.06.30), while Cameron Franke and Dai Wilson both snagged fourth-place finishes in the 100 Breast (58.17) and 200 Fly (1.58.08), respectively.


UC Santa Barbara junior Sophia Yamauchi (Santa Rosa, CA/Montgomery HS) was the overall winner in two events (100 Breast-1:04.47 and 200 Breast-2:18.91) last Saturday at UCLA. On relays, she swam on the second-place 200 Medley (splitting 29.36 in the 50 Breast) and first-place 400 Free Relay (anchoring in 51.56). UCSB defeated two of the three Pac-12 teams: Utah and Oregon State....Also Nominated: Kristen Clarno (LMU)...


Pacific junior Oliver Simkovic (Vienna, Austria) highlighted the Tigers' opening meet at two-time defending NCAA Champion California last Wednesday, Oct. 10. He placed second in the 200 Back (1:50.92), beating two Cal swimmers in the process. He also finished fifth in the 100 Back (52.53) for Pacific's top time, and swam a 4:06.30 in the 400 IM, which was the third fastest time in that event...Also Nominated: Adam Kalms (WYO); Kyle Milberg (DEN)...