Jan. 22, 2005
DAVIS, Calif. - The UC Davis women broke two school records while the Cal St. Bakersfield men scored a victory in the final event to take a four-point win in a men's and women's swimming and diving collegiate dual meet at Schaal Aquatics Center Saturday. The Aggie women won their portion of the meet by a 164.5-126.5 margin. The defending NCAA Division II-champion Roadrunner men's squad edged the host Aggies in a 152-148 matchup.
The UC Davis women's team improves its dual record to 14-4. The Aggie men drop to 4-8 for the season.
The women's 200-yard medley relay squad of Yuka Kobayashi, Ashley Cayford, Hannah Watanabe and Renee Dyer opened the meet with a time of one minute, 46.52 seconds, surpassing the previous mark by less than .04. Later in the meet, Cayford won the 100 breast with a 1:55.55 time, just edging her own school mark set a week ago. Cayford's performance led a 1-2-3 Aggie sweep in that event, one of three such sweeps for the women's team.
The men's team competition came down to the meet's final event, the 200 freestyle relay. Aggie freshman Jason Kim won the 200 individual medley with a season-best 1:55.94 in the penultimate race, setting up the final showdown. However, CSUB's foursome of Mark Soho, Seth Dawson, Mike Trujillo and Piotr Gegotek compiled a winning time of 1:24.24, more than two seconds faster than the UC Davis `A' squad.
Bakersfield's Loni Burton was a triple-event winner, claiming the 50, 100 and 200 free races. Her time of 1:52.73 in the 200 was more than two seconds faster than the runner-up, UC Davis' Jill Olson. Roadrunner diver Laura LaFranchise picked up wins on both boards, scoring 286.20 on 3-meters and 251.30 on 1-meter. Aggie junior Yuka Kobayashi also was a double-winner, capturing the 200 backstroke at 2:06.68 and the 200 IM at 2:09.47.
UC Davis freshman Russell Taylor was the lone triple-winner in the men's competition. He won the 100 breast with a season-best 58.15, added a 2:08.85 in the 200 breast, then potsed another season best with a 51.37 to win the 100 fly.
Dyer recorded a 2:22.90 to lead an Aggie 1-2-3 finish in the 200 breast. Moreover, that time ranks her second in program history, .75 seconds shy of Kristi Wheeler's 1988 school mark.
The meet also featured a celebration of the first anniversary of the Schaal Aquatics Center. Facility namesake Rand Schaal was honored by athletics director Greg Warzecka in a pre-meet ceremony. Rand and his father, Ted, launched the aquatics center project with a $1 million lead gift back in 1998.
Both the UC Davis men's and women's teams are next in action for a home dual against Big West Conference foe UC Irvine on January 28.