Sure, UC Davis is now an NCAA Division I school, but it doesn’t produce athletes of the same caliber as the top athletic programs right?
Not so fast. A couple of UC Davis alumni went to London to participate in the 2012 Olympic Games.
Swimmer Scott Weltz, a UC Davis graduate in the class of 2010, has made his mark as one of the best in the world in the 200m breaststroke.
Weltz posted a time of 2:09.02 in the London Olympic finals, which was fifth overall. The San Jose, Calif. native earned his spot on the USA Olympic Swimming team when he pulled out a victory in the trials.
Out of the water, current volunteer assistant coach and 2009 UC Davis graduate Kim Conley gave the Aggies another source of pride when she qualified for the women’s 5000m run at the USA Track and Field Olympic Trials.
Weltz is finished competing in London, but Conley’s work has not yet begun.
Conley will compete in the first round of competition on Tuesday Aug. 7 and then on Friday Aug. 10, should she advance.
Her first round will be at 2:55 a.m. Pacific time. The final will be held at 12:05 p.m. local time on Aug. 10. There will be a Watch Party at the Davis Graduate for the finals of the 5000m run, an opportunity for locals and Aggie fans to cheer on the UC Davis alumna as she competes at the largest stage in the world.
— Matthew Yuen