Pacific Sweeps Swim Duals Over Aggies

Matt Casto was a double-winner in his first meet for the Aggies on Saturday. <br> (Mark Honbo, Media Relations)
 
Matt Casto was a double-winner in his first meet for the Aggies on Saturday.
(Mark Honbo, Media Relations)
 

Oct. 11, 2003

DAVIS, Calif. - Newcomer Matt Casto won two events to lead the UC Davis men, while Yuka Kobayashi and Vanessa Sallee each had a pair of runner-up finishes for the women, but Pacific was able to defeat both Aggie squads in a non-conference swimming dual at Hickey Pool on Saturday afternoon.

The Pacific men pulled away late to beat UC Davis 117-88 with the Tiger women winning over their Aggie counterparts as well, 114-83. Both Pacific teams are defending Big West Conference champions. UC Davis will begin competition in the Big West next season.

Casto captured the 200-yard individual medley in 1 minute, 55.24 seconds, before coming back an event later to win the 100 butterfly in 50.36 - a mark that vaults him to third on the Aggie career leaders list in just his first meet. Casto - a transfer from Sacramento City College - won the 200 individual medley by nearly three seconds before edging the Tigers' Will McLaughlin by .08 for first place in the 100 fly.

His victories were half of UC Davis' total in the 11-race meet. Kyle Wooldridge won the 100 backstroke in 52.98 for the Aggies' only other individual win while the 200 medley relay of Wooldridge, Eddie Fernandez, Casto and Kevin Williams, opened the meet by going 1:36.25.

Vanessa Sallee was second in two events for the Aggies.
(Mark Honbo, Media Relations)


UC Davis trailed Pacific by just four points, 58-54, after six events and were down only eight points at 79-71 after eight events. However, Edmund Herlihy and Brian Lamar went 1-2 in the 500 free to give the Tigers breathing room and they won going away.

Herlihy also won the 1,000 free in 9:54.30, finishing as one of two double-winners for Pacific. Jonathan Russell also won twice for the Tigers, finishing first in both the 200 free (1:44.22) and the 100 free (47.59). Russell also swam on the victorious 200 free relay team, which finished in 1:26.85.

"We did a really good job," said assistant men's coach Rick Henderson. "The medley relay was an inspirational win. Matt Casto had two really good wins as well. We were also really pleased with some of the newcomers and how they swam.

"Overall, we thought everyone swam well and competed well. We knew Pacific was a juggernaut but we kept it close. We feel like we'll be quite a formidable team later in the season."

Kobayashi, who broke nine school records and won a pair of NCAA Division II titles as a freshman last year, helped lead UC Davis with Sallee against a very tough Pacific women's team. She finished second in a pair of her specialty events - the 100 butterfly and 100 backstroke, going 58.04 in the fly and 58.33 in the back. Kobayashi owns the Aggie school records in both events.

Sallee also added a pair of runner-up showings on Saturday, finishing second in the 200 individual medley (2:12.67) and the 100 breaststroke (1:08.33). Sallee earned first-place points for the Aggies in the latter after the Tigers - who had clinched the team win earlier in the meet - swam the final three events as non-scorers. She's the school-record holder in the 100 breaststroke.

Rachelle Compton also swam well for the Aggies on Saturday, finishing second in the 1,000 freestyle in 10:31.71.

"I wanted to see how the new people would swim," said Aggie women's coach Barbara Jahn. "I think we're off to a good start. I like the way our returners swam also." Pacific was led by Robin Errecart and Jennifer Radecke, each of who won two events. Errecart went 10:31.71 to win the 1,000 free and then later came back to win the 50 free in 24.55. Radecke won the 200 individual medley in 2:09.46 and was a winner later in the 100 butterfly in 57.15.

UC Davis returns to action on the women's side with a dual against Nevada at Hickey Pool at 1:30 p.m. on Thursday, while both Aggie teams will be swim at the Pacific Invitational next weekend.


PACIFIC WOMEN 114, UC DAVIS 83
200 MEDLEY RELAY - 1. Pacific (Sarah Marshall, Kris Willey, Shannon Catalano, Lyndsay McNamee), 1:46.42; 2. Pacific B Leilani Avilla, Sedonia Yoshida, Jennifer Radecke, Jacqueline Moirao), 1:51.11; 3. UC Davis (Yuka Kobayashi, Zahra Shahalayi, Abbey Cornell, Vanessa Sallee), 1:51.41; 4. Pacific C (Elizabeth Inai, Keri Sullivan, Ali Rowe, Arlie Righos), 1:54.39; 5. Pacific D (Alison Shasky, Jessica McGovern, Elizabeth Klopp, Laura Besmer), 1:55.47; 6. UC Davis B (Liz Knight, Rebecca Tukua, Debbie Seiler, Katie Griffin), 1:55.85; 7. UC Davis C (Jessica Weeks, Marty McCrimmon, Alex Ricks, Kim Hills), 1:59.08.

1000 FREESTYLE - 1. Robin Errecart, UOP, 10:31.71; 2. Rachelle Compton, UCD, 10:37.20; 3. Katie Cartnell, 10:44.36; 4. Elizabeth Plume, UOP, 10:57.66; 5. Mary Gaston, UCD, 11:15.41; 6. Amanda McGaugh, UCD, 11:28.79.

2 00 FREESTYLE - 1. Lyndsay McNamee, UOP, 1;53.96; 2. Laura McDonald, UOP, 1;55.81; 3. Leilani Avilla, UOP, 1:57.18; 4. Laura Leppek, UCD, 1:59.79; 5. Michelle Jennings, UCD, 1:59.92; 6. Abbey Cornell, UCD, 2:01.60. Exh: Arlie Righos, UOP, 1;58.95; Sara Morrell, UCD, 2:04.62; Natalie Matveeva, 2:05.34; Kim Hills, 2:06.32.

50 FREESTYLE - 1. Robin Errecart, UOP, 24.55; 2. Sarah Marshall, UOP, 24.99; 3. Laura Besmer, UOP, 25.91; 4. Zahra Shahalayi, UCD, 26.02; 5. Katie Griffin, UCD, 26.13; 6. Lisa Peterson, UCD, 26.71. Exh: Marissa Taylor, UOP, Maria Kerr, UOP, 25.50; Debbie Seiler, UCD, 26.99; Liz Knight, UCD, 27.40.

200 INDIVIDUAL MEDLEY - 1. Jennifer Radecke, UOP, 2:09.46; 2. Vanessa Sallee, UCD, 2:12.67; 3. Christy Droubay, UCD, 2:14.04; 4. Sedonia Yoshida, UOP, 2:16.70; 5. Elizabeth Klopp, UOP, 2:17.41; 6. Rebecca Tukua, 2:17.58; 7. Ashley Elgas, UCD, 2:19.00. Exh: Melissa Banks, UOP, 2:13.14; Alison Shasky, UOP, 2:19.47; Jelene Hackbarth, 2:23.08; Kim Hills, 2:23.65; Natalie Matveeva, 2:24.82.

100 BUTTERFLY - 1. Jennifer Radecke, UOP, 57.15; 2. Yuka Kobayashi, UCD, 58.04; 3. Debbie Seiler, UCD, 59.74; 4. Laura Besmer, UOP, 1:00.34; 5. Abbey Cornell, UCD, 1:00.42; 6. Ali Rowe, UOP, 1:01.62. Exh: Maria Kerr, UOP, 1:02.59; Alex Ricks, UCD, 1:03.22; Elizabeth Plume, UOP, 1:03.66; Carlene Laurence, UOP, 1:04.16; Becky March, UCD, 1:07.19.

100 FREESTYLE - 1. Shannon Catalano, UOP, 52.98; 2. Leilani Avilla, 53.92; 3. Marissa Taylor, UOP, 54.56; 4. Laura Leppke, UCD, 56.01; 5. Mary Gaston, UCD, 57.84; 6. Rebecca Tukua, UCD, 58.38; 7. Lisa Peterson, UCD, 59.26. Exh: Jacqueline Moirao, UOP, 55.27.

100 BACKSTROKE - 1. Sarah Marshall, UOP, 57.98; 2. Yuka Kobayashi, UCD, 58.33; 3. Kris Willey, UOP, 59.63; 4. Alison Shasky, UOP, 1:03.03; 5. Liz Knight, UCD, 1:04.05; 6. Jessica Weeks, UCD, 1:05.69. Exh: Elizabeth Inai, UOP, 1:01.44; Katie Griffin, 1:04.54; Marty McCrimmon, 1:08.89.

500 FREESTYLE - 1. Michelle Jennings, UCD, 5:10.35; 2. Rachelle Compton, UCD, 5:14.63; 3. Christy Droubay, UCD, 5:19.38. Exh: Laura McDonald, UOP, 5:06.27; Katy Burrill, UOP, 5:09.48; Katie Cartmell, UOP, 5:17.39; Ali Rowe, 5:18.19; Sara Morrell, UCD, 5:27.18; Amanda McGaugh, UCD, 5:38.26.

100 BREASTSTROKE - 1. Vanessa Sallee, UCD, 1:08.33; 2. Zahra Shahalayi, UCD, 1:10.47; 3. Ashley Elgas, UCD, 1:13.30. Exh: Melissa Banks, UOP, 1:07.90; 3. Jessica McGovern, UOP, 1:09.08; Sedonia Yoshida, UOP; 1:09.50; Keri Sullivan, UOP, 1:10.22; Marty McCrimmon, UCD, 1:11.85; Jelene Hackbarth, 1:12.33.

200 FREESTYLE RELAY - 1. UC Davis (Rachelle Compton, Christy Droubay, Lisa Peterson, Michelle Jennings), 1:45.33; 2. UC Davis B (Jessica Weeks, Natalie Matveeva, Sara Morrell, Laura Leppke), 1:45.85; 3. UC Davis C (Mary Gaston, Carlene Laurence, Ashley Elgas, Amanda McGaugh), 1:50.76. Exh: Pacific (Robin Errecart, Kristy Willey, Shannon Catalano, Lyndsay McNamee), 1:36.25; Pacific B (Laura McDonald, Maria Kerr, Marissa Taylor, Jacqueline Moirao), 1:41.42; Pacific C (Elizabeth Plume, Arlie Righos, Katie Cartmell, unavailable), 1:43.69.

PACIFIC MEN 117, UC DAVIS 88
200 MEDLEY RELAY - 1. UC Davis (Kyle Wooldridge, Eddie Fernandez, Matt Casto, Kevin Williams), 1:36.25; 2. Pacific (Ivan Serrano, Thomas Dunn, Lee Muse, Zach Erwin), 1:36.63; 3. UC Davis B (Jacob Damonte, Cameron Poya, Kaleb Wallen, Thomas Crawford), 1:41.00; 4. Pacific B (Kenny Yamamoto, Stephen Chiaro, Will McLaughlin, Vince Martinez), 1:41.61; 5. UC Davis C (Kyle Payne, Chris Cunningham, Eli Novichenok, Brandon Bireley), 1:42.95.

1000 FREESTYLE - 1. Edmund Herlihy, UOP, 9:54.30; 2. Brian Lamar, UOP, 10:01.53; 3. Matt Roper, UCD, 10:14.88; 4. Max Biessman, UCD, 10:29.68; 5. Vincent Mecozzi, UCD, 10:35.34.

200 FREESTYLE - 1. Jonathan Russell, UOP, 1:44.22; 2. Casey Lowdermilk, UOP, 1:45.36; 3. Daniel Jablonski, 1:45.47; 4. Kevin Williams, UCD, 1:47.81; 5. Craig Gawlick, UCD, 1:48.72; 6. Lee Muse, UOP, 1:53.22.

50 FREESTYLE - 1. Vince Martinez, UOP, 21.04; 2. Ivan Serrano, UOP, 21.82; 3. Danny Ender, UOP, 22.49; 4. Brandon Birely, UCD, 22.93; 5. Thomas Crawford, UCD, 23.04; 6. Cameron Poya, UCD, 23.75. Exh. Chris Cunningham, UCD, 24.28.

200 INDIVIDUAL MEDLEY - 1. Matt Casto, UCD, 1:55.54.; 2. Kenny Yamamoto,UOP, 1:58.31; 3. Eddie Fernandez, UCD, 2:02.50; 4. Kyle Payne, UCD, 2:02.59; 5. Thomas Dunn, UOP, 2:07.21; 6. Stephen Chiaro, UOP, 2:09.01.

100 BUTTERFLY - 1. Matt Casto, UCD, 50.36; 2. Will McLaughlin, UOP, 50.44; 3. Danny Ender, UOP, 55.65; 4. Matt Arndt, UCD, 56.12; 5. Kaleb Wallen, UCD, 56.97; 6. Eli Novichenok, UCD, 57.23; 7. Lee Muse, UOP, 57.86.

100 FREESTYLE - 1. Jonathan Russell, UOP, 47.59; 2. Kevin Williams, UCD, 47.84; 3. Andrew Skora, UOP. 49.45; 4. Craig Gawlick, UCD, 49.75; 5. Ryan Driscoll, UCD, 52.38; 6. Zach Erwin, UOP, 52.69. Exh: Brandon Bireley, UCD, 51.22; Jeff McGee, UCD, 52.01.

100 BACKSTROKE - 1. Kyle Wooldridge, UCD, 52.98; 2. Kenny Yamamoto, UOP, 53.19; 3. Ivan Serrano, UOP, 53.64; 4. Casey Lowdermilk, UOP, 55.87; 5. Kyle Payne, 56.97; 6. Jacob Damante, UCD, 57.85.

500 FREESTYLE - 1. Edmund Herlihy, UOP, 4:47.62; 2. Brian Lamar, UOP, 4:49.73; 3. Daniel Jablonski, UCD, 4:51.03; 4. Matt Roper, UCD, 4:59.49; 5. Max Biessman, 5:08.50.

100 BREASTSTROKE - 1. Thomas Dunn, UOP, 1:01.42; 2. Eddie Fernandez, UCD, 1:01.86; 3. Cameron Poya, UCD, 1:02.76; 4. Stephen Chiaro, UOP, 1:03.24; 5. Andrew Skora, UOP, 1:04.19; 6. Chris Cunningham, UCD, 1:04.63. Exh: Matt Arndt, UCD, 1:06.85; Vincent Mecozzi, 1:07.78.

200 FREESTYLE RELAY - 1. Pacific (Jonathan Russell, Casey Lowdermilk, Will McLaughlin, Vince Martinez), 1:26.85; 2. UC Davis (Thomas Crawford, Matt Roper, Kyle Wooldridge, Craig Gawlick), 1:29.91; 3. Pacific B (Danny Ender, Brian Lamar, Zach Erwin, Andrew Skora), 1:30.46; 4. UC Davis B (Ryan Driscoll, Brandon Bireley, Jeff McGee, Daniel Joblonski), 1:34.85; 5. UC Davis C (Matt Arndt, Vincent Mecozzi, Max Biessman, Chris Cunningham), 1:38.73.