Season-Best Times Dominate Aggies' Showing

Matt Casto is now No.2 all-time at UC Davis in the 200 individual medley. <br> (Mark Honbo, Media Relations)
 
Matt Casto is now No.2 all-time at UC Davis in the 200 individual medley.
(Mark Honbo, Media Relations)
 

Nov. 20, 2003

LONG BEACH, Calif. - Every UC Davis men's swim member who competed in an individual event on Thursday at the UC Irvine/Speedo Cup at Belmont Plaza Pool posted a season-best time while junior Matt Casto etched his name in the record book in the 200-yard individual medley.

UC Davis is in sixth place after the first of three days of competition with 118 points. Stanford leads with 583 points while Brigham Young is second with 264 and Cal State Bakersfield is third with 262.

Casto, who broke the school record in the 200 breaststroke earlier this year, moved into second-place on the Aggies' all-time leader list in the 200 IM after going 1 minute, 51.65 seconds during Friday's preliminary heats of the event. His time puts him behind John Keppeler, who went 1:49.73 at the 1993 NCAA Championships and in front of Pat Foster, who was timed in 1:52.00 at the 1997 national championships.

Elsewhere, UC Davis swimmers bested season-best marks in each of the four individual events contested on Thursday, with every Aggie posting a season-best mark in each swim. Among the highlights were Casto finishing sixth in the 200 IM, Eddie Fernandez earning 29th (1:57.67) in the same event, Kevin Williams taking 28th in 50 freestyle (21.34) and Daniel Jablonski finishing 32nd in the 500 free (4:49.60).

Additionally, the 400 medley relay team was sixth in a season-best time of 3:27.81. The 200 free relay placed seventh in 1:26.57. In all, UC Davis had 30 season-best marks during Thursday's race.

Competition continues through Saturday.

2003 UC IRVINE/SPEEDO CUP
Belmont Plaza Pool (Long Beach, Calif.)
Day 1 of 3
Winners plus UCD finishers

MEN
(times in parentheses are prelims and are included if faster than finals time)
TEAM SCORES - 1. Stanford, 583; 2. BYU, 264; 3. Cal St. Bakersfield, 262; 4. Pacific, 156; 4. UC Irvine, 141; 5. UC San Diego, 140; 6. UC Davis, 118; 7. Cal Baptist, 105; 8. Air Force, 91; 9. UC Santa Cruz, 80.

 

 

200 FREESTYLE RELAY - 1. Stanford, 1:20.39... 7. UC Davis A, 1:26.57; 21. UC Davis B, 1:29.16; 24. UC Davis C, 1:31.98; 26. UC Davis D, 1:34.00.

500 FREESTYLE - 1. Jayme Cramer, Stanford, 4:26.47... 32. Daniel Jablonski, 4:49.60; 34. Kevin Williams, 4:47.85; 36. Eddie Fernandez, 4:50.60; 39. Ryan Driscoll, 4:51.40; 42. Matt Roper, 4:51.66; 46. Jacob Damante, 4:52.45; 48. Eli Novichenok, 4:54.37; 54. Vincent Mecozzi, 4:58.82; 56. Max Biessman, 5:00.98; 57. Kaleb Wallen, 5:02.16; 59. Jeff McGee, 5:04.82.

200 INDIVIDUAL MEDLEY - 1. Markus Rogan, Stanford, 1:49.07... 6. Matt Casto, 1:51.72 (1:51.65); 29. Eddie Fernandez, 1:57.67; 41. Kyle Payne, 1:59.69; 45. Craig Gawlick, 2:00.15; 51. Kyle Wooldridge, 2:01.08; 59. Jacob Damante, 2:03.06; 66. Vincent Mecozzi, 2:06.75; 70. Matt Arndt, 2:07.11; 72. Chris Cunningham, 2:11.25.

50 FREESTYLE - 1. Peter Marshall, Stanford, 20.09... 28. Kevin Williams, 21.34; 57. Thomas Crawford, 22.31; 61. Brandon Bireley, 22.40; 71. Jeff McGee, 22.89; 75. Cameron Poya, 23.22; 79. Ryan Driscoll, 23.30; 81. Eli Novichenok, 23.54; 82. Kaleb Wallen, 23.56; 85. Matt Arndt, 23.74; 87. Chris Cunningham, 23.90.

400 MEDLEY RELAY - 1. Stanford, 3:15.92... 6. UC Davis A, 3:27.81; 16. UC Davis B, 3:36.39; 19. UC Davis C, 3:42.83.