Feb. 14, 2004
LONG BEACH, Calif. - Three individual titles on Saturday sparked an exciting finish for UC Davis as the Aggie men claimed\ their first Pacific Collegiate Swim Conference Championship title since 1993, edging Cal State Bakersfield by just 23 points at Belmont Plaza Pool.
The UC Davis women's swim team, which captured its first-ever conference championship last year, picked a pair of individual titles from Yuka Kobayashi in the 200-yard backstroke and 200 butterfly on Saturday as it finished second to UC San Diego. The Tritons won with 1,391 points while the Aggies finished with 1,163.
UC Davis finished second at both the 2002 and 2003 PCSC Championships before winning this year, while the women's second-place was their second-best finish ever. Both Aggie teams are participating in their last PCSC Championship before joining Big West Conference competition next year.
Matt Casto - who captured the 200 butterfly with in a school-record time of 1 minute, 49.01 seconds - was named the men's swimmer of the meet after collecting two individual titles, two more as part of the 200 medley and 200 free relays and breaking three school records. His newest school record broke the previous best of 1:50.08 set by Lenn Rosenberg at the 1989 Northern California Athletic Conference Championships.
Aggie coach Peter Motekaitis was named the PCSC Men's Coach of the Year while Brad Kern was named the men's diver of the meet after winning the 1-meter board on Thursday and placing second on the high board on Saturday.
Beside's Casto's win in the 200 butterfly, UC Davis also earned individual titles Saturday from Matt Jones, who won the 200 backstroke in 1:48.38 for his second championship of the meet, and from Eddie Fernandez who won the 200 breaststroke for the third consecutive year. Fernandez was timed in 2:05.46.
Kobayashi matched her three individual titles won at last year's championships by winning two more on Saturday night to join the 100 backstroke title she captured on Friday. Saturday, she repeated in the 200 back, winning in 2:03.35 before doing the same in the 200 butterfly later in the evening in 2:03.75.
Her six individual titles are tied with the former men's swimmer Tadashi Kaneko (1997-99) for second-most among any UC Davis swimmer. John Keppeler won eight from 1993-94.
UC Davis had 16 top-10 showings on Saturday as it rallied from a 49-point deficit in the men's standings at the start of the day. Additionally, all but two Aggie swims in the evening's finals were faster than in the morning's preliminaries.
Michael Fahy finished second to Jones in the 200 back in 1:50.66, while teammate Kyle Wooldridge was fifth in 1:52.09. Daniel Jablonski was fourth in the 1,650 freestyle in 16:32.71, Patrick Jacobson was fourth in the 100 free in 46.05 and Kyle Payne took third in the 200 breaststroke in 2:06.53.
Fernandez became the program's first-ever three-time winner of an event at the PCSC Championships with his victory in the 200 breaststroke while Jones' double in the 100 and 200 backstroke races marked the third time UC Davis had accomplished that. Kaneko did it twice while Keppeler accomplished it once.
Kern scored 381.80 points on the 3-meter board for his title, becoming the men's first-ever winner in that event at the meet.
UC San Diego led from wire-to-wire in claiming the women's title while UC Davis concluded its stay in the PCSC on a strong note. UC Davis finished 122 points in front of University of San Diego, which was third with 1,041 points.
The women had 11 top-10 showings during Saturday's final day of competition. Michelle Jennings was third in the 1,650 freestyle in 17:18.93 while Rachelle Compton took ninth in 17:48.25. Vanessa Sallee was fourth in the 200 backstroke in 2:07.12 with teammate Abbey Cornell close behind in 2:08.83.
Jessica Weeks finished in 54.03 in the 100 freestyle for 10th place while Debbie Seiler (2:09.32), Abbey Cornell (2:10.53) and Hannah Watanabe (2:04.93) were fifth, eighth and ninth, respectively, in the 200 butterfly. Watanabe won the consolation final.
UC Davis concluded the meet by finishing fifth in the 400 freestyle relay.
The Aggie teams will continue their seasons with the Aggie Scramble on Feb. 28 at the Schaal Aquatics Center before competing in the All-American Meet at Austin, Texas in early March.
PACIFIC COLLEGIATE SWIM CONFERENCE CHAMPIONSHIPS Belmont Plaza Pool (Long Beach, Calif.)
Day 4 of 4
Winners plus UC Davis
FINAL TEAM STANDINGS - 1. UC Davis 1,468; 2. Cal St. Bakersfield 1,445; 3. UC San Diego 1,192; 4. Seattle 788; 5. Cal Baptist 688; 6. UC Santa Cruz 626.5; 7. Central Washington 533; 8. San Francisco State 254; 9. Texas-Permian Basin; 10. Chapman 114.
1,650 FREESTYLE - 1. Greg Mroz, CSUB, 15:49.89... 4. Daniel Jablonski, 16:27.35; 6. Jacob Damante, 16:32.51; 7. Matt Roper, 16:33.75; 10. Vincent Mecozzi, 16:57.30; 11. Ryan Driscoll, 17:09.88; 12. Kaleb Wallen, 17:22.24.
100 FREESTYLE - 1. Piotr Gegotek, CSUB, 45.68... 4. Patrick Jacobson, 46.05; 7. Kevin Williams, 46.54; 19. Kevin Bacharach, 48.32 (48.31); 43. Matt Crawford, 48.73; 44. Daniel Jablonski, 49.09; 46. Brandon Bireley, 49.95; 49. Jeff McGee, 50.48.
200 BREASTSTROKE - 1. Eddie Fernandez, UCD, 2:05.46... 3. Kyle Payne, 2:06.53; 8. Cameron Poya, 2:08.56; 9. Craig Gawlick, 2:09.31; 12. Vincent Mecozzi, 2:11.93; 16. Ryan Driscoll, 2:17.66; 26. Chris Cunningham, 2:18.59.
FINAL TEAM STANDINGS - 1. UC San Diego 1,391; 2. UC Davis 1,163; 3. San Diego 1,041; 4. Pepperdine 816.5; 5. Cal St. Bakersfield 780.5; 6. UC Santa Cruz 684; 7. Seattle 591; 8. Loyola Marymount 507.5; 9. Cal Baptist 458.5; 10. San Francisco State 251; 11. Chapman 241; 12. Central Washinton 182; 13. Cal State Hayward 159; 14. Texas-Permian Basin 111.
100 FREESTYLE - 1. Merylie Giguere, CSUB, 51.00... 10. Jessica Weeks, 54.03; 28. Laura Leppke, 55.57; 41. Rachelle Compton, 54.67; 45. Lisa Petersen, 55.76; 46. Carlene Laurence, 55.95; 49. Debbie Seiler, 56.72; 56. Liz Knight, 58.01; 57. Kim Hills, 58.06.
200 BREASTSTROKE - 1. Rosanna Delurgio, UCSD, 2:16.74... 17. Zahra Shahalayi, 2:26.27; 18. Ashley Elgas, 2:27.07; 22. Rebecca Tukua, 2:29.50; 25. Michelle Jennings, 2:26.38; 27. Cecilia Macchiavelli, 2:29.91; 29. Marty McCrimmon, 2:32.36; 33. Jelene Hackbarth, 2:34.74.
200 BUTTERFLY - 1. Yuka Kobayashi, 2:03.75... 5. Debbie Seiler, 2:09.32; 8. Abbey Cornell, 2:10.53 (2:10.16); 9. Hannah Watanabe, 2:04.90; 13. Lisa Petersen, 2:13.70; 15. Alex Ricks, 2:14.58 (2:11.97).