Dual Meets Continue as Big West Swim Championships Loom
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Four of the five Big West swim teams will be in action this weekend, the final action on the docket prior to the Conference Championships.
Three teams will have a chance to honor their seniors as Cal State Northridge, UC Davis and Pacific all host dual meets Saturday. The Matadors take on Loyola Marymount, the Aggies square off against UC San Diego and the Tigers host Big West rival UC Santa Barbara.
CSUN, UCD and UCSB all have busy weekends as they also take on other opponents prior to Saturday. The Matadors have a home meet against Cal State Bakersfield on Thursday, while the Aggies and Gauchos square off against one another Friday at Schaal Aquatics Center in Davis.
Previously in the Big West
Three of the four teams in action last week had the benefit of competing in their home venues as the drive toward the conference championship meet continues.
Cal Poly picked up a win on both sides this past weekend as the Mustangs downed UC Santa Cruz at Anderson Aquatic Center. The final scores against the Banana Slugs were 174-114 on the women's side and 178-110 on the men's end. Kylie France led the women's team with three individual wins (100 breast, 200 fly, 200 breast), while four men's athletes won a pair of events.
UC Santa Barbara flipped the script against UNLV, sweeping both competitions by identical 155-107 scores at Campus Pool after losing both a year ago in Las Vegas, Nev. The men's victory gave them a triumph over the #22 ranked team in the CSCAA poll. Anne Marie May took home two individual titles to lead the women and was a part of two winning relay contingents.
Pacfic's women's team was also in action at home, but the Tigers fell at Chris Kjeldsen Pool to San Jose State by a 148-113 final. Jayme Swalin led the way for the squad with two first place indiviual finishes, earning top honors in the 500 free (5:05.95) and 1000 free (10:26.00).
UC Davis was also in action last week, making the trek to Bakersfield to take on Cal State Bakersfield in a dual meet. The Aggie roadtrip was a successful one as they swept the competition against the Roadrunners, winning 170-130 on the men's side and 153-140 on the women's side. Daniel Donnelly swept the 100 (49.93) and 200 butterfly (1:49.67) for the UCD men, while women had an all-around effort which included victories in seven individual events and the 200 medley relay.