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Saturday, September 25, 2021

Aggies overtake Roadrunners

A long bus ride did not seem to bother the Aggies. Instead, it may have focused their efforts.

On Saturday, the UC Davis men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams swept Cal State Bakersfield at the Roadrunners’ Hilman Aquatics Center. The men won 170-130 while the women posted a 153-140 victory.

With the sweep, the men remain undefeated at 6-0, handing the Roadrunners their first home loss of the season. The women, meanwhile, improve to 4-5. UC Davis has now swept Cal State Bakersfield in each of the past four seasons.

The men won five individual events. Daniel Donnelly led the way by placing first in the 200 and 100 butterfly with times of 1:49.67 and 49.93, respectively.

Matt Herman started the day with a win in the 1000 freestyle. After the Roadrunners took the next two events, Derek Baldwin swam a season-best 47.55 in the 100 freestyle. Scott Weltz won the 200 breaststroke with a time of 2:04.73. Adam Borchard then took the 500 backstroke and a time of 4:36.27.

The men also won the 400 medley relay as Ed Morison, Adam Yen, Adam Borchard and Baldwin finished with a time of 3:07.93.

Coach Pete Motekaitis said he was looking forward to the diving portion of the meet. Paul Navo did not disappoint. Like he did in the last meeting against the Roadrunners, Navo won both the 1m and 3m dives with scores of 232.73 and 230.63, respectively.

The women won seven individual events as well as the 200 medley relay.

“They stepped up and did well,” said coach Barbara Jahn. “I told them that they had to finish strong.”

Bridget Bugbee, Jodi Hanson and Jen Cadmus placed first, second and third in the 1000 freestyle, respectively. Bugbee placed a time of 10:58.34.

Jenah Dawson swam a personal-best 1:57.19 to win the 200 freestyle. Teammates Buffy Ajimmura and Grace Benefield finished second and third, respectively, with times of 2:00.05 and 2:00.11.

Linda Hermann finished first in the 200 butterfly with a time of 2:12.42. Ashley Chandler took first in the 100 freestyle in 52.93. Katelyn Griffith placed first in the 500 freestyle as she posted a season-best time of 5:13.58, nearly 10 seconds faster than any other Roadrunner swimmer.

The Aggies will swim at home for the last two meets of the season. They will host UC Santa Barbara on Friday at 1 p.m.

MATT WANG can be reached at sports@theaggie.org. 

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