Saturday was a very eventful day for both the UC Irvine men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams at the Ayres/UCI Sprint Invitational.
The UCI men and the Washington State University women won the UCI/Ayres Hotel & Suites Sprint Invitational at Anteater Aquatic Complex.
Success is nothing new to the Anteater men. They defended their title from last season and have now won four of the past five Sprint Invitationals. UCI comfortably won with 578 points while University of Nevada, Las Vegas took a distant second with 419 points. Cal State Northridge was in third with 403 points.
Senior Eddie Erazo won the 200 fly with a meet record time of 1:50.14. Senior Duke Krautim won the 200 IM with a time of 2:00.00. Max Parrague won the 50 free with a time of 21.81. Johan Claar of UNLV won the 200 free as he broke his own meet record with a time of 1:41.48. Devin Phillips of UNLV won the 200 back with a meet record-tying time of 1:51.38.
The Cougar women claimed their first ever title at the UCI Invitational. WSU finished with 659 points. The Anteaters took second with 409 points and UNLV was third with 343 points.
Sophomore Lyndsay DePaul racked up the most accolades for the Anteaters. She won the 200 fly with a meet record time of 2:00.75. DePaul also had the best time in the 200 IM, as well, with a time of 2:06.75 and the 200 back with a time of 2:02.73.
Senior Chelsea Nagata was exceptional as well, winning the 100 fly by breaking her own meet record with a time of 55.10. Nagata also won the 50 free with a time of 23.98, the 50 fly (24.74
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