New Year Begins Stretch Run for Big West Swim Teams
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With the turning of the calendar from 2009 to 2010, the Big West swimming and diving teams are turning up the intensity dial as they prepare of the league championship meet in just six weeks.
This week has a pair of dual meets on the horizon as UC Santa Barbara and Pacific hit the water for the first time in the new year.
The Gauchos will be in the friendly confines of Campus Pool as they take on Pac-10 foe USC Saturday. The UCSB men and women took on the Trojans last year at McDonald’s Swim Stadium, falling to homestanding USC by 120-85 and 112-88 scores, respectively.
Meanwhile, the Tigers will make a short trip to the Bay Area to take on another Pac-10 opponent in Stanford. The clubs met a year ago shortly after the new year as the Cardinal posted a 124-69 victory on the men’s side and a 109-82 decision in the women’s competition.
Previously in the Big West
Cal Poly and UC Santa Barbara wrapped up 2009 with solid results as the two clubs competed in the Finis Collegiate Invitational in Long Beach, Calif.
The Mustangs finished third in both the men's and women's standings, while the Gauchos were the dominant group of the meet, finishing first in both competitions.
Cal Poly's Peter Kline broke two school records at the meet, lowering the standards in the 200 IM (1:49.05) and 200 back (1:46.17). Angie Haven also set a program record during her time at the meet as she established a new standard in the 200 IM (2:02.32).
UCSB's domination was evident throughout the Finis Collegiate Invitational as the men's and women's team posted a combined 14 NCAA Championship consideration times, 20 first-place finishes and one school record. Anne Marie May also posted the best time by a collegiate swimmer this season in the 50 free (22.34).