Teams: UC Davis vs. UCLA; vs. Loyola Marymount
Where: Spleker Aquatic Center – Los Angeles, CA
When: Friday at 1p.m.
Who to watch: Sophomore Bridget Bugbee is looking to build upon
an already stellar UC Davis career.
in the 1650 m with a time of 16:56.19 at the Big West Conference Championships
Did you know? During last season’s historic run the swim and dive teams set 10 new school records and one Big West Conference record.
Preview: It’s been seven long months on dry land for the Aggies and its time to dive in.
Coming off of an outstanding 2009-2010 campaign, coach Barbara Jahn looks to lead the UC Davis Swim and Dive teams on another championship season.
Last year the Aggies walked away as Big West Conference Champions. On the way, UC Davis broke a staggering 10 school records and one Big West record in the pool. Jahn was named the 2010 Big West Coach of the Year after leading the Aggies to the university’s first ever conference championship at the Division I level.
The standards are high after such an extraordinary season, but many changes await the team as they embark on the 2010-2011 campaign.
First up is the smaller roster. Due to university budget cuts last year, the men’s half of the swim and dive program was let go.
The Aggies will also be experiencing some new competition. While UC Davis thrived in the Big West, it has moved to the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation. The swim and dive team joins UC Davis women’s lacrosse and women’s gymnastics in the MPSF.
The season begins with UCLA and Loyola Marymount, who compete in the Pacific 10 and the Pacific Collegiate Swimming Conference, respectively.
Loyola Marymount is coming off of a near championship season in their own right, as the Lions finished second by only 6.5 points in last year’s PCSC championship.
UCLA swims in the always-competitive Pac 10. Both schools look to be tough opponents for the Aggies.
– Johnny Parsons