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Tuesday, November 30, 2021

Men and women’s swimming and diving preview

Teams: UC Davis vs. UC Santa Barbara, UC San Diego

Where: Schaal Aquatic Center – Davis, Calif.

When: Friday at 1 p.m.; Saturday at noon

Who to Watch: Junior Adam Borchard may have a big role in UC Davis’ meet against UC Santa Barbara this weekend.

The Woodland, Calif. native has had some success against the Gauchos in his career as he won the 500 freestyle event during his freshman year and both the 1000 free and the 500 free last season.

Last week Borchard won the 500 free and helped the men’s squad win the 400 freestyle relay in a victory over Cal State Bakersfield.

Did You Know? The last time the women beat the Gauchos was during the 2005-2006 season. In that dual meet, UC Davis upset UCSB, 136.5-100.5. The men were out-touched on the final event of the day, losing 117-120.

Preview: UC Davis wants to show that they can hang with the best. This weekend, they have the opportunity to do just that.

On Friday at 1 p.m., the Aggies will take on the Gauchos at Schaal Aquatic Center.

“On paper, they’re the better team,” said coach Barbara Jahn. “They’re just really strong.”

Last week, both UCSB’s men’s and women’s squads wrapped up their last home meet of the year. They defeated No. 22 UNLV and posted some of their highest times of the season. The women took the top four spots in the 50 freestyle and senior captain Anne May took first in the 100 freestyle.

While UCSB poses a tough challenge for UC Davis, the Aggies will look to ride their momentum. Last weekend, they swept a skilled Cal State Bakersfield team with the men winning by a score of 170-130 and the women claiming victory by a 153-140 margin.

After the meet with the Gauchos, the Aggies will welcome the Tritons into Schaal Pool. The meet will begin at noon.

It’s also the last meet of the regular season for both the men and women before Big West Championships, beginning Feb. 17.

A victory over both the Gauchos and Tritons this weekend will give the men a perfect 8-0 record on the season.

– Matt Wang

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