Swimming and Diving Preview

Teams: UC Davis vs. UC Santa Cruz

Where: Schaal Aquatics Center

When: Saturday, Oct. 24 at 12 p.m.

Who to watch: Senior Scott Weltz had a historic season last year.

He set records in the men’s 200 IM, 400 IM and 200 breast stroke and earned two All-American honors in his first appearance at the NCAA Championships.

He also received Big West Conference swimmer of the year honors.

Did you know? Last year’s men’s swimming team was the best in UC Davis history.

Placing second in the Big West and sending multiple swimmers to the finals, the team is going to be building on that experience in 2009.

With hopes of being an NCAA top 20 team, the Aggies will have their work cut out for them.

This shouldn’t be a problem according to coach Pete Motekaitis.

“We’re the hardest working team in the Big West,” Motekaitis said.

Preview: This weekend will be the Big West opener for UC Davis Swimming and Diving.

The Aggie women had a rough start to this year, coming out behind their competitors in both preseason meets.

With Big West competition starting up, they’ll be taking advantage of every opportunity to kick off the rest of the season on a positive note.

Last Friday, the diving team and women’s squad competed against Nevada.

The meet was the first showing of the season for the women, and while the score didn’t go in their favor, the Aggies are by no means down and out.

Both teams will be using all the knowledge gained in the preseason to make a splash this weekend at the Schaal Pool.

For the men, it will be the first meet they’ll compete in this season.

After last year’s success, the men’s team is hoping to continue gaining ground and improving with the help of senior leadership. “They have to lead in and out of the pool,” Motekaitis said.

-Samantha Foster

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