Event: Mountain Sports Pacific Federation Championships
Record: Aggies, 9-4
When: Wednesday through Saturday, all day
Where: Belmont Plaza – Long Beach, Calif.
Who to watch: Junior Kayleigh Foley has had a remarkable year.
The Pleasanton, Calif. native leads UC Davis in all the short sprints – the 50-, 100- and 200-freestyle.
Did you know? This will be the Aggies’ first ever year competing in the MSPF Conference Championships. UC Davis moved to the conference last season after its prior league, the Big West Conference, folded due to a lack of teams.
Preview: It is time for the MPSF Championships to begin.
The 9-4 UC Davis swimming and diving team will go to Long Beach, Calif. this weekend with the goal of bringing home some serious hardware.
For the Aggies, one of the keys to success is teamwork and focus.
“Our players have done an excellent job of pushing and supporting each other, which I think will be a factor,” said senior swimmer Linda Hermann.
“Our depth on the roster has been a big deal this year. It should allow us to do well in many areas of competition,” said coach Barbara Jahn.
The Aggies, new to the MPSF, will be going up against some talented teams, including previous Big West rivals Cal Poly and UC Santa Barbara. UC Davis struggled against both teams in the final dual meet of the season.
“It was a high-level competition a couple of weeks prior to the championship meet, which helped the swimmers and divers fine tune their skills and ready them for their taper meet for this week,” Jahn said.
The Aggies are the Big West champions of last year, and are looking forward to the challenges that this year’s championship meet will provide.
“We are extremely proud of what they have accomplished as student-athletes,” Jahn said, “The focus is always on winning, but knowing that championships are far from guaranteed, our main goal is to make sure that when it is over, there is nothing left in the tank so that trophy or not, there will be no regrets.”
– Ron Hooper