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Monday, February 26, 2024

Aggies enjoy successful weekend showing

UC Davis dominated the pool on Sunday afternoon at UC San Diego, winning 14 of 26 events en route to a men’s victory of 149-92 and a women’s win of 135-107.

The Aggies have won five straight duals on the women’s side, while the men have captured four straight. They also faced off with Cal State Bakersfield, who didn’t score any points against UC Davis.

The women’s team had a successful weekend, especially sophomore Linda Hermann, who had two individual wins in the 200-yard freestyle (1:53.94) and the 500 free (5:05.92). Junior Heidi Kucera won the 400-individual medley (4:27.02) and 200-breaststroke (2:22.41).

The men’s team also had success in the 200 free, with sophomore Adam Borchard’s time of 1:43.53 resulted in another Aggie win. As for the 400 IM, freshmen Reid Hartz won it in 4:10.84.

The sweep comes on the heels of the Anteater Shootout, as UC Davis competed on three consecutive days.

“Having a dual at the end of three days is hard, but it was a good plan to work together as a team,women’s head coach Barbara Jahn said.We accomplished quiet a bit. Three days of hard work is really good preparation for conference.

The Anteater Shootout took place Friday and Saturday in Irvine, Calif.

The men’s swimming and diving team managed to win nine of 13 events of the day at Anteater Pool on the second day of competition. Overall, the men defeated UC Irvine (83-31), Cal State Northridge (102-9) and Cal Poly (83-28).

The women also went two for three in the championship side of the pool, defeating Pepperdine and Hawaii.

Juniors Scott Weltz and Russ Underwood each won two events. Weltz continued his winning streak by adding the 200-yard IM in (1:52.28) and the 200 breaststroke in (2:06.12). Underwood went on to win both sprint freestyles in 21.64 and 47.71.

Junior Danny Donnelley was winner of the 200 fly (1:52.60) and won the 200 fly again the following day against UC San Diego in (1:53.06).

Senior Michael Androus and sophomore Pail Navo led the diving team with second and third place finishes, respectively.

Overall, the women’s program had 17 season or lifetime personal records.

Sophomore Samantha Capozzo set a lifetime best on the second day in the 200-yard fly, and then two more on Sunday in the 200 free and 200 back.

Senior Amber Bonds also enjoyed a successful weekend for UC Davis. She went on the win the 100 free (52.93) and then anchored the 200-free relay, setting another lifetime best while capturing the win to end the weekend.

“Amber’s breakthrough this weekend was a huge success,Jahn said.

Both the men’s and women’s teams will be taking a short midseason break from competition, but will be right back in the action at the beginning of December.

The men will be heading to Austin, Tex. for the Texas Invite to face conference rivals as well as top ranked teams from around the country on Dec. 4. The women will be traveling to Seattle, Wash. on the same day for the Husky Invite.


ANDREA GUTIERREZ can be reached at sports@theaggie.org.


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