Swivers Handle USD but Struggle With D-I Aggies

    SWIMMING & DIVING — This past weekend was another busy
    one for waterbound Tritons. The women led off the weekend on Jan. 18 with a
    home meet against the University of San
    and came away with a dominant victory,
    winning all but two swimming events with a final score of 176-124. To end the
    weekend, the Triton men and women traveled to UC Davis on Jan. 20 to test their
    skills against the Division I Aggies. The men’s team was competitive, but
    couldn’t come away with a win in the end, losing to the Aggies by a slim
    margin. The men won five events total, including both diving contests, while
    the women also took three ev

    The Tritons beat USD 176-124 on Jan. 18, the seventh straight year the Torero swimmers have lost to UCSD. (Mike Chi/Guardian)

    ents of their own.

    The women’s swimmers showed that the USD Toreros could not
    keep up with them as they won 12 of the 14 events in the matchup. The Tritons
    even took first and second place in several events, including the 200-yard
    freestyle relay. Freshman Anju Shimura and junior Shannon Simonds were the top
    two finishers in the 200-yard freestyle, while junior Erinn Deters and Simonds
    placed first and second, respectively, in the 100-yard freestyle. Deters also
    won the 50-yard freestyle with a time of 24.60, while Simonds won the 500-yard
    freestyle in 5:12.98. Shimura also won her second event, the 200-yard
    backstroke, in 2:08.65. Junior Jennifer Sims won both of her events with a
    58.48 in the 100-yard butterfly and a 2:07.78 in the 200-yard butterfly while
    sophomore Karla Holman took the 200-yard individual medley with a time of

    The Triton women made amazing individual showings, but they
    also dominated as a team. They won the 400-yard medley relay with a powerful
    combination of Shimura, Bohn, Sims and Deters that finished in 3:59.97.

    The women divers did just as well as their swimming
    counterparts, as the Tritons took second, third and fourth in the three-meter
    diving with sophomore Jennifer Lappe, senior Amanda Mason and sophomore
    Danielle Niculescu. The Tritons ended the meet against USD with a solid victory
    of over fifty points.

    “Coming from [Loyola
    Marymount University
    we did awesome against USD,” Shimura said. “We did a total 180 and came into
    this meet with a completely different mentality.”

    The team traveled to the Schaal
    Aquatics Center

    in Davis next to take on the
    Aggies. Although the men lost a close match and the women lost badly in points,
    the team won several events, and the divers had a great meet.

    Davis is a
    Division I team with scholarships and a full team,” Sims said. “We just wanted
    to have a good meet as a team and show Davis
    that we are a threat.”

    The Tritons swept both the men’s one-meter and men’s
    three-meter diving, placing first through fourth in both events with senior
    Andrew Skewes winning both events and sophomore Kevin Sullivan, senior Jeff
    Bryant and senior Aaron Cantu following close behind. The Tritons also won six
    other events as a team, three for the women and three for the men. Freshman
    Brandon Maryatt won the 100-yard breaststroke for the men with a time of 59.71.
    The men’s team also swept the 400-yard individual medley, filling all four top
    spots. Junior Steven Hardy won the event with a time of 4:19.42, followed by
    junior Kneif Lohse, junior Dan Gluvers and freshman Kyle Begovich. The men also
    took first and second in the 400-yard freestyle relay with a team of sophomore
    Todd Langland, Maryatt and sophomores Greg Goodell and Dan Perdew, with a
    winning time of 3:11.82.

    The men’s swimming and diving teams performed admirably against the Division I Aggies, winning five meets total, including both diving events on Jan. 20. (Erik Jepsen/Guardian File)

    On the women’s side, Sims won two events, the 100-yard
    butterfly and the 200-yard butterfly, in 58.68 and 2:07.25, respectively.
    Shimura also won an event for the women with a leading time of 2:07.04 in the
    200-yard backstroke.

    Finishing the weekend with one win and one loss, the Tritons
    only have one more meet to prepare for the Pacific Collegiate Swim Conference
    Championships and NCAA Division II Championships.

    “This weekend we asserted that we are the best team in San
    ,” junior Aubrey Panis said. “It was exciting and
    we have a lot of motivation going into conference championships.”

    The Tritons’ last home meet will be Jan. 26 against UC
    Irvine and Cal Baptist
    . After that, the team
    will head to Long Beach for the
    PCSC Championships in February in what will be the Tritons’ last chance to
    qualify swimmers and divers for nationals.

    Readers can contact Casey Armstrong at [email protected].

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