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UC SANTA BARBARA Andrea Ward broke her own school record in the 100 Fly in last Thursday’s Texas Invitational, touching up in 53.38 (0.45 off the old mark), also good enough for an NCAA ‘B’ cut and 10th place finish. Ward would continue to re-write the Gaucho record books in the 200 Free (1:48.55) on day two and 200 Fly (1:59.40) on day three. Sophia Yamauchi turned in a ‘B’ cut in 200 IM (2:01.19) and 100 Breast prelims (1:02.26). The 400 Free Relay, which included Ward and Yamauchi, also posted a ‘B’ cut (3:23.79). UCSB placed seventh in the meet with 258.5 points.
UC DAVIS Liliana Alvarez was the Missouri Invite 100 Breast Champion (1:00.95), while hitting an NCAA ‘B” cut in the process. She also hit a ‘B’ cut in 200 Breast (2:12.72), as did Kayleigh Foley in 100 Free (49.62). Karley Troup swam a 56.14 in the 100 Back and 2:02.76 in 200 Fly, Hilary Hunt a 2:02.88 in 200 Back, and Katie Edwards a 2:12.38 in 200 Breast, each third fastest in Aggie history. Cara Silvas’ 1650 Free (16:59.40) ranks second all-time. UCD finished sixth with 477 points.
LOYOLA MARYMOUNT Noelani Vargas swam a career-best 50 Free (24.18) and 100 back (58.76) at the Texas Invitational, ranking 10th and fourth respectively in Lion history. Jill Dahle turned in a 58.03 in the 100 Fly, 10th fastest at LMU.
SEATTLE U freshman Bethany Gehrke reached the finals of 400 IM at the Husky Invitational in Federal Way, WA, finishing 20th (4:36.32), fourth fastest in school history and cutting two seconds off her prelim time. Joe Wertz and Jordan Anderson each turned in season-bests on the men’s side at the same event, with the former winning 200 Back prelims (1:49.21) and the latter taking fifth in 100 Free prelims (45.26).
CAL POLY competed at the US Nationals in Atlanta, GA. Amy Morales recorded a time of 27.03 in the 50 Free, 1.72 seconds off the leader in that first day event.
SAN DIEGO freshman Keenan Lineback (400 IM), senior Sarah Geerdes (Free, 200 IM), and sophomore Eleanor Phillips (200 Fly) represented the Toreros at the US Nationals in Atlanta, GA, swimming in the prelims over the three days.
NO. 25 UNLV Balint Batka and Andrew Morrell recorded the team’s top individual finishes at the Texas Invitational, taking fourth in 200 Fly (1:46.44) and 100 Breast (53.71), respectively. Coleman Allen posted the top result on the first day, sixth in 100 Fly (47.87). Charlie Tapp’s 50 Free (19.79, 9th) and Giacomo Gremizzi’s 200 IM (1:48.27, 10th) and 400 IM (3:49.89, 5th), Matt Roe’s 1650 Free (15:39.12, 9th), and Joseph Riggert’s 1650 Free (15:42.61) were also amongst the top-10. UNLV took fifth with 213.5 points.
NORTH DAKOTA diver Richard Eberle took third on the one-meter (301.50) and second on three-meter (226.90) at last week’s Missouri Invitational, as the squad finished third at the meet with 608 points. UND placed two in the 100 Fly top-five, with Adam Gannon taking fourth (49.62) and David Flickinger fifth (50.18).
HAWAII diver Douglas Cohen took second with a personal-best platform outcome (370.50) in Texas. Cohen also hit a 323.60 on the one-meter and 379.75 on the three-meter to finish second and third, respectively.
AIR FORCE men competed at the US Nationals in Atlanta, GA, this past weekend. Matt Milliken had the top Falcon result, taking sixth in the 100 Back trials on day one (1:00.07).
ANDREA WARD, RICHARD EBERLE MPSF ATHLETES OF THE WEEK
UC Santa Barbara sophomore Andrea Ward (San Leandro, CA/Campolindo HS) broke the school record in three events last week at the Texas Invitational. She opened the meet by shaving .45 seconds off her own 100 Fly record, with an NCAA ‘B’ cut and 10th overall placement (53.38). On day two, Ward captured the 200 Free record (1:48.55), winning her heat and placing 17th overall. On the final day, she swam a UCSB record in the 200 Fly prelims (1:59.40), along with 15th place in the finals (1:59.46). Ward also swam in four Gaucho relay, as UCSB took 10th in the 800 Free (7:30.84), 11th in 400 Medley (3:43.84) and 12th in the 400 Free (3:23.79/’B’ cut) and 200 Medley (1:42.95/’B’ Cut).
Also Nominated: Liliana Alvarez (UCD); Bethany Gehrke (SU); Noelani Vargas (LMU)