SAN DIEGO – San Diego opened its 2017-18 season with its annual pentathlon event against San Diego State, dropping a 33-24 decision to the Aztecs on Friday afternoon.
It was the first event of the season for both teams and gave each squad their first chance to compete in a variety of strokes in a competitive environment. The first five events of the day - 100 free, 100 fly, 100 back, 100 breast, 100 IM were combined to make up the pentathlon, with points being allotted accordingly. The meet concluded with a set of sprints followed by the 400 IM and 500 free.
Times for each individual from the first five events were combined and swimmers were ranked accordingly.
“It was a chance to get on the blocks and race a lot of races,” said head coach Mike Keeler. “They kept competing and that’s what we wanted to see.”
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Hubel was impressive in the 100 fly, finishing second among all swimmers with a 58.27. Evans earned a top-five finish in the 100 IM with a 1:02.73.
“We’re just looking to continue to get faster,” said Keeler. “Every week we want to take steps forward in terms of our times and technique. We want to see progress.”
USD had multiple impressive finishes in the spring portion of the competition. Dani Taylor made quick work of the competition in the 50 free, finishing with a meet-best time of 24.62. Taylor also finished first in the 50 fly (26.69), while Hubel placed third in the event (27.16). Evans notched a third-place result with a 32.24 result in the 50 breast.
Makenna Briggs provided the highlight in the 500 free, finishing first with a time of 5:15.37 and over eight seconds ahead of the second-place finisher.
“It was a great start. The meet ran really well and everyone had a great time,” said Keeler.
The Toreros return to their typical racing format next Friday when it plays host to USC at 2 p.m. (PT).
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