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.

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