Big West Swim Championships Return to Long Beach this Week
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The 2010 edition of the Big West Swimming and Diving Championships is set to commence this week as the league's five swim clubs make the soujourn to Belmont Plaza Pool in Long Beach for the four-day league meet.
The Championship will kick off Wednesday night with several relay and distance races, then the action heats up Thursday morning with the first prelim races. The competition lasts until Saturday night with the winning teams receiving the championship trophy that night. The full schedule and results are available on the Big West Swimming & Diving Championship website at /sports/swimming/info/champs/
Cal Poly will serve as the host for the 41st edition of the men's championship and the 27th competition of the women's end. UC Santa Barbara is the defending champion on both sides as the Gauchos seek their 13th title on the women’s side and 28th crown for the men.
On the men's side, UCSB looks to take home its third consecutive championship and fifth in the last seven seasons. The Gauchos have been solid in the run up to the Championships with two meet wins in their last three outings. The club has individuals in the top three times of six events as well as posting the top time in three of the five relays.
UC Davis stands as a stiff challenge to the UCSB title run as the Aggies lost by 17 points to the Gauchos a year ago and defeated them in a dual meet on January 29. A UCD swimmer appears at the top of eight different events on the Big West times list, six of which are owned by last season’s Big West Athlete of the Year Scott Weltz. In all, UC Davis has 13 events in which at least one athlete has registered a top three mark.
Keep an eye on Cal Poly which boasts arguably the league’s best set of long distance swimmers and Pacific which has finished fourth in the standings for four consecutive seasons after winning the crown in 2005.
In the women's competition, UC Santa Barbara is going for its record fifth consecutive Big West title, tying the Gauchos with former league member Nevada for the most consecutive league championships. The club has been dominant this season, posting top three times in 12 events and having an overall event leader in four of those competitions. UCSB also enters the meet having won three consecutive dual meets and won last season’s title by 135 points.
UC Davis and Cal Poly are looking to close the gap on the Gaucho dominance as both clubs look to move up into the top spot.
The Aggies finished second at last season’s league meet and enter the fray this year buoyed by a strong diving contingent and four events in which they have athletes in the top three marks. Meanwhile, Cal Poly might be the darkhorse of the event as the Mustangs have nine events in which they have top three times, including seven races in which a Cal Poly athlete is at the top of the list. Angie Haven and Lacey Buck each have three of those top overall times.
Also keep an eye on Pacific as the Tigers boast five swimmers who rank in the top three of their respective events.