Day Three at the Zippy Invite has arrived, and the Gauchos are still riding the wave of success with impressive victories and record-breaking performances. Throughout the day’s ten individual events, the men’s and women’s teams secured eight top-three victories and one relay win. At the end of today’s events, both the men’s and women’s teams remain in second place, with the men’s team earning a score of 1289.5, and the women’s team earning a total of 1214 points.
The junior squad dominated the day, with Kyle Brill, Austin Sparrow, and Matthew Driscoll each clinching first-place victories for the Gauchos. Brill took gold in the 400-yard individual medley with a time of 3:47.89. Sparrow showcased his classic speed in the 200-yard freestyle where he outpaced the competition with a swift finish of 1:35.26. Matthew Driscoll found his first-place success in the 100-yard backstroke (46.31), not only securing a victory but also breaking Akron’s meet and pool record for the event.
Three Gauchos are also leaving today’s events with a silver victory. Zachary Tamusaitis was the first of this wave, taking second in the 100-yard butterfly with a time of 47.26. Taber daCosta also claimed silver, earning second place in the 400-yard individual medley with an impressive time of 3:34.27. Adding to the excitement, Ashley Ray joined the ranks, securing second place in the women’s 100-yard backstroke with a time of 46.31.
Senior Paige Gambetta and Sophomore Henry Adamson also earned a top-three finish for Santa Barbara today. Gambetta claimed the third spot in the women’s 200-yard freestyle with a time of 1:49.47, while Adamson earned bronze in the men’s 100-yard breaststroke, clocking in at 52.76.
As for today’s relays, only one race occurred, the 200-yard freestyle, where the men’s team consisting of Austin Sparrow, Henry Adamson, Zachary Tamusaitis, and Matthew Driscoll took second place with a time of 1:18.84.
The Zippy Invite will continue into Sunday, where the Gauchos will hopefully wrap up the weekend with more exciting competition and victories. Be sure to check back tomorrow for the full recap.
Day Three at the Zippy Invite: Taking Titles and Breaking Records was originally published at https://ucsbgauchos.com/news/2023/12/2/mens-swimming-day-three-at-the-zippy-invitational-taking-titles-and-breaking-records.aspx.
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