Oct. 28, 2004
DAVIS, Calif. - The foursome of Corigan Bemis, Jonny Bartsch, Rui Ewald and Gordon Smith posted a 1:27.13 in the 200 freestyle relay to help the Seattle University men protect a tight 105-100 victory over UC Davis in a collegiate swimming dual at Schaal Aquatics Center Thursday.
On the women's side, junior Yuka Kobayashi won three events while freshman Julie Tracy and junior Renee Dyer each captured two more to lead the Aggies to a 112-93 victory over the Redhawk women. Additionally, Dyer posted a winning time of 1:06.11 in the 100 breast, breaking Vanessa Sallee's two-year-old school record.
The Aggie men drop to 0-2 in dual competition, while the women even their record at 2-2. The meet was the home opener for both teams.
Russell Taylor and Kyle Payne finished 1-2 in the 100 breaststroke to help the UC Davis men tie the meet entering the final relay. The freshman Taylor touched in 1:00.50, almost one full second ahead of Payne, who finished in 1:01.51. The Redhawk 200 free relay squad then won the finale by just 44 hundredths, ahead of the UC Davis team of Andrius Urbaitis, Brandon Bireley, Philippe Chordas and Matt Crawford. The Aggies' all-freshman relay of Ryan Tucker, Travis Williams, Jason Kim and Nik Kemp placed third at 1:28.94.
Taylor also won the 200 individual medley at 1:56.57, beating Seattle's Jonny Bartsch at 1:56.86. He was the UC Davis men's lone double-winner. Kim won the 200 free and Kemp captured the 100 free to post the Aggies' other event victories.
The UC Davis women opened the meet with a victory in the 200 medley relay. Jennifer Ginsberg, Jessica Lee, Hannah Watanabe and Ashley Cayford turned in a winning time of 1:48.80 to held establish a led the Aggies would not relinquish.
Kobayashi was the meet's highest scorer, winning the 200 IM, 100 butterfly and 100 backstroke. She broke the one-minute standard in the 100 back for the first time this season, posting a 59.34 to edge second-place Ginsberg. Kobayashi had times of 56.94 in the fly and 2:10.25 in the medley, totally 27 dual points.
In addition to her Aggie mark in the 100 breast, Dyer bettered her previous 100 free time by nearly a full second, winning the event at 51.94. She is only the second swimmer in program history to eclipse the 52-second barrier. Dyer almost won the 50 free but Seattle's Lindsey Gall beat her in a 24.56 to 24.58 decision.
Tracy won the 200 and 500 freestyle double. She beat teammate Michelle Jennings with a 5:09.98 mark in the 500, and just edged teammate Jill Olson in the 200. Tracy touched in 1:56.13 while Olson followed at 1:56.14 in the team's third event.
Bemis and Coley each had arguably the strongest day for Seattle. Besides their contributions in the two relays, Bemis won the 100 back at 53.14 and Coley enjoyed more than a two-second victory in the 100 fly, posting a 50.36 time.
Both the Seattle and UC Davis squads head to Stockton for the Pacific Invitational. The Aggies will compete only the Saturday portion of the meet, which kicks off at 9 a.m.