The final session of the 2015 A3 Performance Invitational, hosted by UC San Diego at East Los Angeles College, began with a bang when UCLA’s Madison White broke the pool record in the 200 back with 1:54.70. Ugne Mazutaityte of Fresno State was second with 1:57.00; Mazutaityte slipped past San Jose State’s Colleen Humel (1:57.53) over the last 50 yards.
UCLA freshman Emma Schanz also broke a pool record in the 200 breast; she took nearly 5 seconds off her prelims time and clocked a 2:12.55 to win the event by 3 seconds.
The Bruins went on to win every event on Saturday, with the exception of the 200 fly where former Bruin Noelle Tarazona eclipsed Katie Grover, 1:56.64 to 1:57.25, while teammates Arlyn Upshaw (1:58.67) and White (1:59.65) completed the Bruin 2-through-4 sweep. Freshman Sandra Soe led the field by 25 yards when she came to the wall in 16:25.06 to claim the 1650 title over San Jose State’s Riley Spitser. Freshman Caroline McTaggart and junior Linnea Mack finished 1-2 in the 100 free, at 49.37 and 50.06, respectively. Julia Mikota of Santa Barbara was third in 51.11.
Finally, UCLA’s White (50.66), Grover (50.58), Mack (49.54), and McTaggart (49.34) closed out the meet with a 3:20.12 victory in the women’s 400 free relay.
Final scores – women’s meet
- UCLA 1295
- UC Santa Barbara 914.5
- University of the Pacific 724.5
- San Jose State 688.5
- UC San Diego 675.5
Stanford won every event on the men’s side of the meet. Sophomore Patrick Conaton, led teammates Ryan Arata and Curtis Ogren in a 1-2-3 sweep of the 200 back. Conaton knocked two seconds off his qualifying time to win with 1:43.26; Arata (1:45.74) and Ogren (1:46.44) followed closely behind. Sophomore Sam Perry then cranked out a 43.21 to earn the 100 free crown; teammate Spencer DeShon was runner-up with 44.07. Hawaii’s Yuri Samouilich kept the rest of the Stanford contingent at bay, finishing third with 44.56.
Freshman Liam Egan beat out senior Danny Thomson for the title in the 1650 free, 15:05.31 to 15:12.86. Santa Barbara freshman Bobby Guerra came from behind to rob Stanford of a sweep in the mile; he finished third in 15:28.97. Stanford freshman Matt Anderson was once again the only sub-2:00 200 breaststroker, winning with 1:58.42 ahead of Zach Yong of UC San Diego (2:00.01) and Simon Wong of UC Santa Barbara (2:01.51).
In the 200 fly, Stanford’s Umbach edged Black, 1:44.32 to 1:44.92, for the win; teammate Jimmy Yoder rounded out the podium with 1:45.64. Zach Cootes of Cal Poly came with 1/100 of preventing a 1-through-4 Cardinal sweep; he lost to Stanford freshman Andrew Liang 1:48.00 to 1:48.01 and had to settle for fifth.
Final scores – men’s meet
- Stanford University 2016
- UC Santa Barbara 1093
- Cal Poly 857
- UC San Diego 813
- University of Hawaii 587