Pacific Invitiational Headlines Swim Docket
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Pacific has the honor of hosting the first multi-team event of the new swim season as the Tigers welcome participants to Chris Kjeldsen Pool for the Pacific Invitational Friday and Saturday.
A year ago, Pacific grabbed third place on the men's side and fourth place in the women's standings after battling several talented west coast clubs over the two-day event. Except another strong field at Chris Kjeldsen Pool this weekend as the Tigers look to rebound from their opening dual meet loss to California last weekend.
Meanwhile, Northern California and league rival UC Davis hits the pool for its first home event of the new year as the Aggies host Nevada in a dual meet at Schaal Aquatic Center. The Wolf Pack have only a women’s swim team so the meet will just involve the Aggie women.
Previously in the Big West
Several teams opened up the 2009-10 season last week, while one other christened its newly renovated pool with a dual meet against the defending national women's champion a month ago.
Cal Poly's women kicked off the season September 18-19 with a dual meet against defending NCAA women's champion California, the first official event held in the newly renovated Anderson Aquatic Center. The two-day meet did not have an official score, but in the end several Mustangs put forth excellent efforts including freshman Angie Haven who earned "Queen of the Pool" honors for the home team.
Cal State Northridge opened its season last weekend with its participation in the Trojan Invitational. The club competed against host USC and Cal State Bakersfield in fine fashion, posting impressive results all over the board. Olesya Senicheva was particularly outstanding as her performances in the freestyle, butterfly and medley relay events helped lead CSUN to positive results against the Trojans and Roadrunners.
UC Davis' women's swimming and diving team had a good start to its season as the Aggies competed in the WAC Shootout against Nevada, San Jose State and Boise State. While UCD fell in the head-to-head matchups against the three WAC schools, the Aggies recorded an impressive eight individual top 10 finishes in the event.
Pacific’s men's and women's teams opened up the new season last weekend on the road as the Tigers traveled to the Bay Area for dual meets against the Golden Bears of California. On the men's side, Pacific fell to the host team by a 143-107 margin, while the Tiger women fell to the defending NCAA women's champion by a 158-87 score. Despite the setbacks, there were several outstanding performances on both sides. The women's team took first and second place in in the 400 free relay, while Devonie Migues and Melissa McGhee headlined the individual performances with second place showings in the 50 free and 200 back, respectively. The men's contingent was highlighted by the 400 free relay team taking first place, while Taylor Martinez and Jonathan Kim took the top two spots in the 100 butterfly.