FALL 2009
Vol. 40, No. 2
An Education in the Present and the Past
By Kathleen Foley
The School of Education Celebrates 100 Years
By George Yatchisin
Archaeologist Disputes Beliefs About Maya Civilization Collapse
By Andrea Estrada
Around Storke Tower:
News & Notes From the Campus
Research Roundup:
DigitalOcean Immerses Youth in Marine Ecosystems
Sports Roundup:
Multiple Gaucho Teams Make It to NCAA
Alumni Authors: From Pilots to Politics
’50s to the Present
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Cover: Tina McEnroe M.A. '89 refurbished an old-fashioned, one-room, wooden schoolhouse and shares its history with today's elementary school students.
Credit: Trevor Povah
Women’s Volleyball
UCSB Selected to Play in NCAA Tournament for 27th Time

The UC Santa Barbara women’s volleyball team was selected to play in the 2009 NCAA Tournament after a 22-7 overall season, putting the Gauchos in the tournament for the 27th time in the program’s history and the first time since the 2006 season. UC Santa Barbara, which had made 26 consecutive tournaments, missed out the past two seasons. “With how many teams were left out, we feel honored to be part of this tournament,” said head coach Kathy Gregory, the co-Big West Coach of the Year. UC Santa Barbara was one of only two Big West teams selected for the tournament.

Men’s Soccer
Gauchos’ NCAA Tournament Run Ends in Westwood

The NCAA Third Round game between UC Santa Barbara (17-5-2) and UCLA (12-3-4) marked the first postseason rematch between the Gauchos and Bruins since UC Santa Barbara defeated UCLA in the 2006 NCAA College Cup. The final score of that game was 2-1 and UCLA used that same score to defeat the Gauchos at the Bruins’ Marshall Field at Drake Stadium. UC Santa Barbara ended the season with a 17-5-2 overall record, which marks the Gauchos’ best record since the 2006 National Championship season, when they went 17-7-1. UC Santa Barbara also tied the program record for the second most wins in a season. The Gauchos also ended the year with a school and Big West record 16 shutouts and a program-record 10 players were named to All-Big West teams.

Men’s Swimming
Former Gaucho Jason Lezak Featured in Showtime Documentary

Jason Lezak’s record-breaking relay finish is highlighted in the documentary, “Bud Greenspan Presents: Beijing 2008 — America’s Olympic Glory.” The two-hour fi lm features the stories of 6 American Olympians including swim team captain Jason Lezak whose thrilling world best final leg (46.06) in the 4 x 100 Freestyle relay earned the United States an upset victory over France. Lezak, who graduated from UC Santa Barbara in 1999 and was a two-time Big West Swimmer of the Year, is a three-time Olympian and has won three gold and two bronze medals.

Women’s Cross Country
Women Capture Big West Cross Country Championship

For the fifth time in seven years, the Gaucho women’s cross country squad captured the Big West team championship. The Gauchos scored 51 points to capture the crown, ahead of second-place UC Davis (61 points) and third-place Cal Poly (74 points). The top runner for UC Santa Barbara was Crystal Reed, who was competing in her first Big West Championship meet. Reed’s time over the 6k course was 20:43.5, which was good for fourth place and All- Conference honors.

Men’s Tennis
Gauchos Sweep Westmont at UCSB Classic

The UC Santa Barbara men’s tennis team dominated the UCSB Classic as they hosted the Westmont Warriors and Loyola Marymount Lions at the Recreation Center Courts to close out their fall season. UC Santa Barbara defeated Westmont in every match on the first day of the UCSB Classic. Although Loyola Marymount’s Otto Sauer and Borja Malet won the Flight A and Flight E Singles, the Gauchos took the other six titles.

Women’s Soccer
UCSB Beats Cal Poly in PK Shootout, Advances to Second Straight NCAA Tournament

For the second year in a row, the UC Santa Barbara women’s soccer team has won the Big West Tournament and will advance to the NCAA Tournament. The Gauchos defeated Cal Poly in a penalty kick shootout, 5-4, after the teams battled to a 1-1 tie through regulation and overtime. The penalty kick win sends UC Santa Barbara to the NCAA Tournament for the 10th time. This marks the second year in a row that the Gauchos have knocked out Cal Poly on penalty kicks.

Women’s Swimming
Gauchos Wrap Up U.S. Open with Silver Medal Finishes

UC Santa Barbara alum Katy Freeman continued her impressive work at the U.S. Open Swimming Championships with a personal-best time in the 100-meter breaststroke. Freeman, a former UCSB swimmer now competing for Santa Barbara Aquatics, placed second in the race with a finish of 1 minute, 5.35 seconds. She now ranks third in the world in the 100-meter breaststroke. Jessica Hardy won the race in a world-record time of 1:04.45, her second world record in two days. She set the world record in the 50 breaststroke with a split of 29.95 seconds when she time-trialed the 100 breaststroke.

Compiled from UCSBGauchos.com
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