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Monday, February 26, 2024

Men and Women’s Swimming and Diving Preview

Headline: Men and Women’s Swimming and Diving Preview

Teams: UC Davis at Cal State Bakersfield

Where: Hillman Aquatics Center – Bakersfield, Calif.

When: Saturday at 1 p.m.

Who to watch: Despite only swimming for a small portion of last season, junior Matt Herman’s 1650 freestyle time of 15:49.99 was ranked fourth in school history.

On Saturday, the San Anselmo, Calif. native broke a Schaal pool record in the 1650 freestyle, shaving ten full seconds off, finishing with a time of 15:39.17.

His time of 9:19.08 in the 1000 freestyle is currently the third best in school history.

Did you know? The Roadrunners have recently compiled a recruiting class that ranks No. 19 nationally according to CollegeSwimming.com.

Preview: The wheels on the bus will go round and round, stop for a few hours, and then go round and round again.

On Saturday, the UC Davis men and women’s swimming and diving teams will face ten hours of travel broken up only by four hours of swimming. The actual meet will begin at 1 p.m.

Hopefully, the travel and the bad weather won’t bother the Aggies when they face off against the Roadrunners.

“The stress of being on a bus in bad weather can be a little tough,” said coach Pete Motekaitis.

The Aggies are carrying some momentum with them into Bakersfield after defeating Pacific this weekend. UC Davis will have to perform well again in order claim victory against the Roadrunners.

Their nationally-ranked recruiting class is expected to make an immediate impact. In their last competition, the Roadrunners fired on all cylinders, taking first in ten individual events over four-time defending NAIA champion Cal Baptist.

The Aggies will also be challenged in diving. Last week against Fresno state, Cal State Bakersfield won both women’s springboard dives. Victoria Kreutz and Hannah Yoder finished first and second in the women’s one-meter dive.

Paul Navo will look to match the Roadrunners on the board. He received a score of 299.85 out of a possible 300 during the Aggies’ last meet.

– Matt Wang


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