March 5, 2004
AUSTIN, Texas - UC Davis had a pair of ninth-place showings by its women's 200-yard medley and 400 freestyle relay teams, while Matt Casto was seventh in the 100 breaststroke, as both teams fared well against strong competition during the first day of racing on Thursday at the 2004 American Short Course Championships at the Lee and Joe Jamail Texas Swimming Center.
No team scores are being kept at the three-day swim meet which brings together some of the top collegiate and club swimmers in the country.
The 200 medley relay of Vanessa Sallee, Zahra Shahalayi, Hannah Watanabe and Jessica Weeks was time in 1 minute, 51.36 seconds while the same quartert teamed up in the day's final event with a time of 3:34.19 in the 400 free relay. Both relays took ninth in the tough field.
Casto, named the Pacific Collegiate Swimming Conference Championships Men's Swimmer of the Meet last month, scored a top-10 finish with a seventh-place showing in the 100 breaststroke, touching in 56.04. He also swam on the Aggies' seventh-place 200 medley relay, which was timed in 1:33.44. Kyle Wooldridge, Cameron Poya and Patrick Jacobson also swam on the relay.
Also for the men, Matt Roper was 14th in the 400 individual medley in 4:09.43 while Kyle Payne (4:13.46) and Vincent Mecozzi (4:12.19) were 16th and 19th, respectively. Watanabe was 12th in the 100 butterfly in 56.98 while Sallee was 14th in the 100 breaststroke in 1:08.17 to help lead the women.
Competition continues through Saturday.
2004 AMERICAN SHORT COURSE CHAMPIONSHIPS
UC Davis results only
200 MEDLEY RELAY - 1. King, Pa., 1:44.34... 9. UC Davis (Vanessa Sallee, Zahra Shahalayi, Hannah Watanabe, Jessica Weeks), 1:51.36; 11. UC Davis B (Abbey Cornell, Ashley Elgas, Debbie Seiler, Michelle Jennings), 1:53.18.
400 FREESTYLE RELAY - 1. King, 3:23.69... 9. UC Davis (Jessica Weeks, Zahra Shahalayi, Vanessa Sallee, Hannah Watanabe), 3:34.19; 13. UC Davis B (Rachelle Compton, Debbie Seiler, Abbey Cornell, Michelle Jennings, 3:38.69).
200 MEDLEY RELAY - 1. SMU, 1:29.65... 7. UC Davis (Kyle Wooldridge, Cameron Poya, Matt Casto, Patrick Jaobson), 1:33.44; exh: UC Davis B (Matt Jones, Eddie Fernandez, Michael Fahy, Kevin Williams), 1:34.69.
100 BREASTSTROKE - 1. Paul Ridgeway, unat., 54.86... 7. Matt Casto, 56.04; 13. Eddie Fernandez, 57.53 (57.46); 11. Patrick Jacobson, 58.49; 21. Cameron Poya, 59.23; 22. Kyle Payne, 59.42 (59.30); 27. Vincent Mecozzi, 59.64.