Nate Pistacchio was named the Big West Conference Golfer of the Month on Friday – the UC Davis men’s golf team’s second consecutive winner of the award – after a pair of top-10 finishes in October which included a tie for first at The Prestige at PGA WEST.
Pistacchio, a senior from Fresno, earned the accolade after highlighting his month with a tie for medalist honors at The Prestige at PGA WEST, an event that featured 10 teams ranked among the top 50 by Golfweek. Pistacchio went under par for each round and was at the top of the leaderboard throughout the tournament, posting a winning total of 6-under 210. It was his best finish as an Aggie.
Pistacchio added another top-10 finish earlier in the month when he tied for eighth at the Fighting Irish Gridiron Classic at Notre Dame. He joins teammate Austin Graham as the Aggies‘ second consecutive winner of the Big West award. Graham, the first of three UC Davis medalists this fall after winning the Kansas Invitational, was honored for September.
Women’s swimming and diving
Junior Heidi Kucera won the 200-yard breaststroke and 200 individual medley for UC Davis, but Washington State and Nevada earned victories over the Aggies in a double dual meet at Lombardi Pool Saturday afternoon.
The host Wolf Pack took a 157-105 decision over the Aggies while the Cougars won by a score of 184-78. UC Davis now sits at 1-2 in dual competition this season.
Kucera took first place in the 200 breast (2:18.84) and 200 IM (2:06.51), and finished second in the 200 freestyle (1:54.37). She also swam the second leg on the fourth-place 400 medley relay team with seniors Emily Medved and Mary Struempf and freshman Kayleigh Foley.
Medved and Foley also teamed with senior Amber Bonds and sophomore Linda Hermann in the 400 free relay to finish third in 3:34.83. Hermann put in a second-place finish in the 500 free (5:09.08) and was third in the 200 free (1:54.38).
Struempf placed fourth in the 100 (58.66) and 200 butterfly (2:10.15) while Foley was third in the 50 free in 24.90. Other top-five Aggie finishes included Bonds finishing fifth in the 100 free (54.70), junior Kathryn Jovino placing third in the 1,000 free (10:52.47) and Katelyn Griffin coming in fifth in the 100 backstroke (1:01.52).
The UC Davis men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams all return to action next weekend at the Big West Shootout in Irvine. The meet begins Friday.
Aggie Digest is compiled by the California Aggie sports staff with briefs from the UC Davis athletics website, ucdavisaggies.com.