UC San Diego's men and women win fifth consecutive PCSC Championship
LA MIRADA, Calif. -- The UC San Diego men's and women's swimming and diving teams put the finishing touches on their fifth consecutive league crowns on the fourth and final day of the 2013 Pacific Collegiate Swimming & Diving Conference (PCSC) Championships Saturday at the Splash! La Mirada Regional Aquatic Center.
The fourth-ranked Triton men totaled 1543.5 points through 20 events, topping a field of nine programs with Cal Baptist (1357.5) and Fresno Pacific (1108) finishing closest. The No. 3 UCSD women finished with 1364.5 points, safely ahead of Cal State East Bay (954), conference newcomer Simon Fraser (886) and 10 other schools.
Erika Rodman, a junior transfer from Penn State competing in her first PCSC meet, began Saturday's evening portion by winning the mile in 17:10.69. Jeremy Smith swam 15:39.26 to make it a Triton double in the longest event of the championships, as well as a personal double for him, who had already won the 500 on Thursday.
Anji Shakya, the Tritons' junior co-captain who had already won the 200 and 500 freestyle finals in the meet, took the 200 back in 2:01.35.
Freshman Naomi Thomas won her first individual conference title in taking the 200 fly by more than two seconds in a time of 2:01.53, with redshirt freshman Dari Watkins third (2:04.23). Thomas had easily registered the fastest prelim time as well.
Nicholas Korth defended his back-to-back titles in the 200 breast, swimming 1:57.49 to win by more than three seconds. He was the only athlete to go under two minutes on the day and fell just .02 seconds of besting his own meet record of 1:57.47 from the 2012 PCSCs.
Stassi followed Korth by winning the 200 fly in a meet-record 1:47.22, just ahead of teammate Adam Rice in 1:50.63, with Yen completing a 1-2-3 Triton sweep in 1:51.36. Stassi's mark lowered the 1:47.53 set by former UCSD standout Kurt Boehm back in 2005.
Rosa Bebi (2:20.04), Casey Adams (2:20.48) and Eva Chen (2:20.92) went 3-4-5 in the 200 breast, while senior Katherine Tse placed fifth in the 100 free.
Paul Li was third behind Smith in the men's 1,650. Fellow freshman Michael Leung was UCSD's top finisher in the 200 back in fourth (1:50.85), with Reid McCallum winning in the 100 free (46.37). Jacob Lammott (2:02.25) and AJ Zavala (2:07.61) went 4-5 in the 200 breast.
The Triton foursome of Sierra Robbins, Tse, Amber Tan and Colleen Daley combined for a second-place effort in the 400 free relay in 3:27.79, just behind Simon Fraser's top group in 3:27.53.
In the men's relay, Rice, McCallum, Jack Galvan and anchor Stassi went 3:02.75 to touch second behind Fresno Pacific (3:00.58).