Grand Canyon tops No. 1 UCSD
Turner recorded four first-place finishes for the Lopes
Grand Canyon Athletics
Last Updated - January 9, 2012 12:13 GMT
San Diego -- No. 3 Grand Canyon defeated No. 1 UC San Diego 146-116.
“Overall, I couldn’t be more proud of our swimmers and coaches today,” said head coach Steve Schaffer. “We accomplished pretty much everything we set out to do in this meet. It was a great way to start the second half of our season.”
Buddy Turner paced the men today, recording four first-place swims. Turner helped both the 400 medley (3:21.72) and 200 free relay (1:23.18) squads to victory. He also won the 50 free (20.65) and 100 fly events (49.57).
Kyle Shores had a strong day in the pool, taking first in the 100 free (46.32) and 100 back (50.49). He was also on the winning 200 free relay team.
The top-two swimmers in the 100 breast went head-to-head, with GCU’s Eetu Karvonen, ranked No. 2, winning against top-ranked Nick Korth. Karvonen clocked in at 55.11. He was also the winner in the 200 breast with a time of 2:00.70. Karvonen swam on the winning 400 medley relay.
Ivan Nechunaev took first in the 200 fly and (1:50.50) and 200 IM (1:52.42), with teammate Everton Kida winning the 200 back (1:54.06).
“Our guys did a great job of racing today,” said Schaffer. “We have been working very hard through the winter break and even though they were pretty beat up, they stepped up and really put up some fast times today. It was a complete team victory. Every one of our guys scored points for us today.”
Today's win continues to set the table for the overall goal that men are shooting for this season.