Casto Headlines Aggies' Day At Pacific Invitational

Matt Casto posted a win in the 200 IM for UC Davis on Friday. <br> (Mark Honbo, Media Relations)
 
Matt Casto posted a win in the 200 IM for UC Davis on Friday.
(Mark Honbo, Media Relations)
 

Oct. 17, 2003

STOCKTON, Calif. - Junior Matt Casto won the 200-yard individual medley in the non-Division I competition at the University of the Pacific Invitational on Friday, highlighting UC Davis' racing on the first day of the swim meet.

No teams scores were kept at the invitational.

Casto, who last Saturday moved into the third place on the career leaders' chart for the 100 butterfly in just his first meet as an Aggie, vaulted into sixth place for the 200 IM after winning the race at the Pacific Invitational on Friday. His mark puts him just behind Scott Buttcane (1:53.86, 1986) and ahead of Eric Holden (1:54.12, 1989).

Casto's performance was one of four top-five showings for Aggies swimmers during Friday's non-Division I competition. Senior sprinter Kevin Williams was fourth in the 50 freestyle in 21.94, Daniel Jablonski took fourth in the 500 freestyle in 4:55.26, and Craig Gawlick was fifth in the 200 IM in 2:00.76.

Besides the top individual finishes, UC Davis' 200 freestyle relay team of Matt Roper, Brandon Bireley, Thomas Crawford and Jeff McGee took second in 1:31.18, while the 400 medley relay squad of Kyle Wooldridge, Eddie Fernandez, Casto and Williams, was second in 3:35.90.

UC Davis continues competition at the meet on Saturday and will be joined by the Aggie women's squad which did not compete on Friday.

PACIFIC INVITATIONAL
Hosted by University of the Pacific Stockton, Calif.
UC Davis Men's Results Only

 

 

200 FREESTYLE RELAY (Non-Div. I) - 1. Cal St. Bakersfield, 1:24.62... 2. UC Davis (Matt Roper, Brandon Bireley, Thomas Crawford, Jeff McGee), 1:31.18... Exh. UC Davis B (Matt Casto, Daniel Jablonski, Max Biessman, Kyle Bradshaw), 1:34.12; UC Davis C (Matt Arndt, Eli Novichenok, Kyle Payne, Cameron Poya), 1:34.99.

500 FREESTYLE (Non-Div. I) - 1. Greg Mroz, CSUB, 4:31.52... 4. Daniel Jablonski, 4;55.26; 6. Ryan Driscoll, 4:56.61; 8. Craig Gawlick, 4:57.80; 9. Matt Roper, 4:57.91; 10. Kyle Bradshaw, 4:59.43; 11. Jacob Damante, 5:01.66; 13. Eli Novichenok, 5:04.77; 15. Kevin Williams, 5:05.63; 17. Max Biessman, 5:07.24; 20. Kaleb Wallen, 5;12.71.. Exh. Vincent Mecozzi, 5:06.62; Ryan Cunningham, 5:28.40.

200 INDIVIDUAL MEDLEY ( Non-Div. I) - 1. Matt Casto, UCD, 1:53.76... 5. Craig Gawlick, 2:00.76; 8. Eddie Fernandez, 2:02.84; 10. Kyle Payne, 2:04.37; 10. Matt Roper, 2:04.37; 12. Kyle Wooldridge, 2:05.26; 13. Jacob Damante, 2:05.81; 14. Vincent Mecozzi, 2:09.20; 15. Cameron Poya, 2:11.03; 24. Ryan Cunningham, 2:17.73... Exh: Daniel Jablonski, 2:07.38; Thomas Crawford, 2:10.07; Ryan Driscoll, 2:10.55; Matt Arndt, 2;11.37; Max Biessman, 2;11.69; Jeff McGee, 2:13.46; Brandon Birely, 2:13.49.

50 FREESTYLE (Non-Div. I) - 1. Mike Trujillo, CSUB, 21.27... 4. Kevin Williams, 21.94; 8. Thomas Crawford, 22.89; 11. Brandon Bireley, 23.25; 16. Jeff McGee, 23.95; 22. Kyle Bradshaw, 24.66; Kyle Wooldridge, 23.88; Jacob Damante, 24.07; Eli Novichenok, 24.22; Cameron Poya, 24.46; Ryan Cunningham, 24.81; Matt Arndt, 24.83; Kaleb Wallen, 24.87; Eddie Fernandez, 25.29.

400 MEDLEY RELAY (Non-Div. I)- 1. Cal St. Bakersfield, 3:29.93... 2. UC Davis (Kyle Wooldridge, Eddie Fernandez, Matt Casto, Kevin Williams), 3:35.90; UC Davis B (Kyle Payne, Cameron Poya, Matt Arndt, Brandon Bireley), 3;50.25; UC Davis C (Jacob Damante, Ryan Cunningham, Kaleb Wallen, Thomas Crawford), 3:54.52.