Teams: UC Davis vs. Cal State Bakersfield
Records: Aggies, 8-2; Roadrunners, 1-9
Where: Schaal Aquatic Center
When: Saturday at 1 p.m.
Who to watch: Junior Kayleigh Foley was named Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Swimmer of the week for her performance last weekend.
The Pleasanton, Calif. native won five individual events over the weekend in the Aggies’ back-to-back victories over the Pacific Tigers and Nevada Wolf Pack. This was the first time Foley has won the award this year.
Did you know? The Aggies are 4-1 when swimming at home. The only loss was a nail-biter against San Jose State.
Preview: Preparation builds champions.
Every opportunity to practice for big events must be taken advantage of, and for UC Davis, Saturday’s meet against CSU Bakersfield is no exception.
“This is considered another meet to prepare for the conference Championships,” said head coach Barbara Jahn. “We have quality depth that we will try to capitalize on. Our sprinters will definitely challenge Bakersfield’s sprinters.”
Saturday’s meet holds some extra meaning for the Aggies as well – it’s the last home match of the season and the focus will be on the Aggie seniors.
UC Davis will be celebrating the careers of eight seniors. Jahn is pleased not only about the way they competed in the pool but how they carried themselves out of it as well.
“We are extremely proud of what they have accomplished as student-athletes,” Jahn said.
With three more meets before the MPSF Championships, the skills the Aggies sharpen against Bakersfield will aid them against remaining opponents, Cal Poly and UC Santa Barbara.
With a possible 11-2 record, UC Davis will be in a commanding position to take home some hardware.
“The focus is and always will be on winning,” Jahn said.
– Ron Hooper