Concluding four days in Akron, the Gauchos are departing the Zippy Invitational with improved times, shattered meet records, and enthusiasm for the rest of the season. In the finale of the competition, the Gauchos delivered outstanding performances, clinching several top positions and leaving a mark on the Zippy Invitational.
Taking first place today were Juniors Taber DaCosta and Matthew Driscoll. DaCosta crushed the mile freestyle swim (1650 yards), finishing with a final time of 15:08.16, a full 25 seconds before the second place winner. In Matthew Driscoll’s first place swim, he finished the men’s 200 yard backstroke with a time of 1:42.70 breaking a meet and pool record, for his second record breaking swim of the weekend.
As for the second place winners, notable performances came from Austin Sparrow and Kyle Brill, both securing silver finishes in their respective individual events. Sparrow showcased his speed in the men’s 100-yard freestyle, completing the race in an impressive 43.69, while Brill claimed second place in the men’s 200-yard breaststroke with a time of 1:56.41.
Bronze medals were plentiful this afternoon, with five individual Gauchos and one relay team earning a third place spot. Sophomore Annie Andres demonstrated her endurance in the mile swim (1650-yard freestyle) for the women, finishing with a commendable time of 17:06.36, securing the 3rd place spot among 22 competitors. Freshman Jack Hendrick also achieved third in the 1650 freestyle, completing the race in 15:37.29. Junior Hazel Derr was the third to touch the wall in her specialty, the 200 backstroke, crossing the finish line in 1:56.55. In the 200-yard butterfly, both Samantha Banos and Jude DiStefano secured third place victories. Banos clocked in at 1:58.82 for the women’s event, while DiStefano secured third place in the men’s race with a time of 1:46.07.
The men’s team added to the success in the invitational’s final event, the 400-yard freestyle relay, where a team comprised of Austin Sparrow, Zachary Tamusaitis, Bryden Thielenhaus, and Matthew Driscoll earned a commendable third place with a time of 2:54.76.
Following this exhilarating weekend, the Gauchos will return home to recuperate and prepare for the first home meet of the season on Dec. 19 against Cal State Bakersfield. Stay tuned for more information as the meet approaches.
Day Four at the Zippy Invite: Ending on a High Note was originally published at https://ucsbgauchos.com/news/2023/12/3/womens-swimming-day-four-at-the-zippy-invite-ending-on-a-high-note.aspx.
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