Swim Schedule Loaded with Dual Meet Action
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The first busy swimming and diving weekend of the New Year is on the docket as four Big West clubs compete in dual meets over the upcoming holiday weekend.
The action kicks off Friday as two conference teams are set to tangle. Cal Poly will hit the road to take on Cal State Northridge for a rematch of a competition that took place during a tri-meet in San Luis Obispo on November 7. In that matchup, the Mustangs swept the Matador men and women by 86-19 and 89-22 scores, respectively.
Saturday is when the action kicks into high gear as four teams hit the pool.
Headlining the schedule is the Big West dual between Northern California rivals Pacific and UC Davis at Schaal Aquatics Center in Davis. The matchup between the two a year ago in Stockton was a split affair as the Aggie men won 145-108, while the Tiger women took home first place by a tight margin of 132-130.
Meanwhile, CSUN's women’s contingent will be competing in its second meet of the weekend as they take a short trip to Malibu for a dual meet against Pepperdine. The Matadors and Waves have seen plenty of each other this season as they have met at the Malibu Shootout in October and the Cal Poly Shootout and Toshiba Classic in November.
Finally, Saturday also marks the first day of the USA Swimming Grand Prix, an event that Cal Poly has entered. The event from Saturday-Monday and attracts some of the top teams and individuals to a familiar place for Big West swim fans, Belmont Plaza Pool in Long Beach.
The last dual meet of the weekend takes place in San Jose as UCD packs its bags following the Pacific dual for a matchup against San Jose State. The meet will be a women’s only affair as SJSU does not have a men’s swim team.
Previously in the Big West
Last week, a pair of dual meets kicked off the stretch run toward the Big West Championships in mid-February.
UC Santa Barbara was at home against Pac-10 foe USC and dropped a couple of tight decisions to the Trojans. The Gaucho men fell by a score of 139-123, while the women were downed, 143-111.
Anne Marie May had a pair of first place finishes for the UCSB women, taking top honors in the 50 free (23.59) and 100 free (51.31). Meanwhile on the men’s side, the close meet came down to USC wins in the 500 free, 100 butterfly and 400 IM. The 400 IM gave the Trojans a 25-point cushion heading into the final relay events.
Pacific was in the Bay Area to take on national power Stanford, but the Cardinal were harsh hosts as they topped the Tiger men, 157-92 and defeated the women, 154-97.
Pacific's women were led by Jayme Swalin who posted a first place finish in the 500 free (5:05.88) and touched the wall in third in the 1000 free (10:28.55). The men picked up a 200 free relay win as Danny Platow, Chris Weber, David Hernandez and Steven Woods completed the event in 1:30.97.