Casto Continues Charge At Speedo Cup

Matt Casto now has three school records with the Aggies.
 
Matt Casto now has three school records with the Aggies.
 

Nov. 22, 2003

LONG BEACH, Calif. - Junior Matt Casto, already the school record holder in the 200-yard breaststroke in just his first year with the UC Davis men's swimming and diving team, added school marks in the 400 individual medley and 100 breaststroke during Friday's competition at the UC Irvine/Speedo Cup at Belmont Plaza Pool.

Casto went 3 minutes, 59.73 seconds as an exhibition swimmer during Friday's rounds of the 400 individual medley before taking third in the 100 breastroke with a time of 56.14 during the evening's finals.

UC Davis slipped to eighth in the team standings with 260 points heading into Saturday's final day. Stanford leads with 1,322 points and is followed by Brigham Young at 672 and Cal State Bakersfield with 621.5.

Casto's mark in the 400 individual medley broke the school record of 4:01.95 set by Pat Foster durin the 1994 Pacific Collegiate Swimming Conference Championships, making Casto the first Aggie swimmer to eclipse the four-minute mark in the event.

His time of 56.14 in the 100 breaststroke on Friday night bettered the program's previous best of 56.50 established by Eric Holden at the 1989 NCAA Division II Championships. Casto now holds three school records at UC Davis after breaking the 200 breaststroke mark earlier this season.

UC Davis had several top-25 finishes during Friday's sessions at the highly competitive meet. Kevin Williams finished 15th in the 200 freestyle in 1:44.58 after going 1:43.93 in the preliminaries, Kyle Wooldridge was 20th in the 100 backstroke, Eddie Fernandez took 21st in the 100 breaststroke, Jacob Damanted was 22nd in the 400 individual medley and Cameron Poya was 25th in the 100 breaststroke.

Additionally, UC Davis was seventh in the 200 medley relay and eighth in the 800 freestyle relay.

 

 

2003 UC IRVINE SPEEDO CUP
Belmont Plaza Pool (Long Beach, Calif.)
Day 2 of 3
Winners plus UCD finishers

MEN
(times in parentheses are prelims and are included if faster than finals time)
TEAM SCORES - 1. Stanford, 1,322; 2. BYU, 672; 3. Cal St. Bakersfield, 621.5; 4. UC San Diego, 379; 5. UC Irvine, 340; 6. Pacific, 329; 7. Air Force, 309.5; 8. UC Davis, 260; 9. Cal Baptist, 220; 10. UC Santa Cruz, 148.

200 MEDLEY RELAY - 1. Stanford, 1:28.63... 7. UC Davis A, 1:35.47; 21. UC Davis B, 1:39.07; 23. UC Davis C, 1:41.68; 24. UC Davis D, 1:42.29.

400 INDIVIDUAL MEDLEY - 1. Markus Rogan, Stanford, 3:48.07... 22. Jacob Damante, 4:17.98; 24. Kyle Payne, 4:18.71 (4:13.59); 25. Craig Gawlick, 4:14.54; 27. Matt Roper, 4:17.38; 28. Vincent Mecozzi, 4:23.83 (4:23.14), 32. Matt Casto, 3:59.73.

100 BUTTERFLY - 1. Jayme Cramer, Stanford, 47.86... 26. Kyle Wooldridge, 52.98; 34. Matt Casto, 51.49; 42. Eddie Fernandez, 53.49; 51. Matt Arndt, 54.21; 57. Kaleb Wallen, 54.72; 60. Eli Novichenok, 55.04; 65. Brandon Bireley, 56.41.

200 FREESTYLE - 1. Andy Grant, 1:37.27... 15. Kevin Williams, 1:44.58 (1:43.93); 43. Craig Gawlick, 1:46.48; 52. Jeff McGee, 1:48.58; 53. Daniel Jablonski, 1:48.59; 55. Ryan Driscoll, 1:48.90; 59. Kaleb Wallen, 1:49.40; 70. Brandon Bireley, 1:52.09; 75. Max Biessman, 1:53.34.

100 BREASTSTROKE - 1. Gary Marshall, 55.51... 3. Matt Casto, 56.14; 21. Eddie Fernandez, 59.17; 25. Cameron Poya, 59.92; 40. Chris Cunningham, 1:02.79; 45. Vincent Mecozzi, 1:04.22; 48. Matt Arndt, 1:05.78.

100 BACKSTROKE - 1. Peter Marshall, Stanford, 46.96... 20. Kyle Wooldridge, 52.45; 37, Kyle Payne, 55.24; 39. Matt Roper, 55.71. 41. Thomas Crawford, 55.97; 43. Jacob Damatne, 56.46; 45. Eli Novichenok, 56.84; 55. Jeff McGee, 59.15.

800 FREESTYLE RELAY - 1. Stanford, 6:31.35... 8. UC Davis, 7:03.89; 15. UC Davis B, 7:15.99; 17. UC Davis C, 7:19.30.