Teams: UC Davis vs. Cal State Bakersfield
Where: Schaal Aquatics Center
When: Saturday at 1 p.m.
Who to watch: Hailing from nearby Lodi, Calif., freshman Alex Daneke enters his first home meet as an Aggie as one of the top freestyle and backstroke swimmers on the team.
Having consistently placed in the 100- and 200-back, as well as the 100- and 200-free, Daneke has also contributed to season bests in the 400-freestyle relay, the 800-yard freestyle relay and the 200-yard medley relay.
Two of those relay times – the 400 and 800 – set new school records at times of 2:58.36 and 6:35.05, respectively. Daneke also leads his teammates in the 100-back with a time of 51.49.
Did you know? Daneke is no stranger to swimming on the national scene, having qualified for the U.S. Open and junior nationals in 2007 and 2008.
Preview: The Aggie men make their Schaal Aquatics Center season debut this weekend as they play host to the Roadrunners of Cal State Bakersfield.
The women, meanwhile, will be competing in their first home meet since Jan. 10 when they faced off with San Jose State and Fresno State.
UC Davis‘ men’s team holds a dual record of 1-1, while the women sit at 0-2. The Cal State Bakersfield men and women enter at 1-1 and 1-7, respectively.
Last season marked the second straight year that the Aggies swept the ‘Runners, winning 16 of the 28 events; the previous year, UC Davis won 17 of 29 events. The Aggie women have not lost a dual to Cal State Bakersfield in five seasons.
– Andrea Gutierrez