Swimming Earns Three Major Conference Awards

Scott Weltz was named Male Athlete of the Year for the second straight season.
Scott Weltz was named Male Athlete of the Year for the second straight season.

Feb. 24, 2010

IRVINE, Calif. - After sweeping the 2010 Big West Championship titles, UC Davis came away with three major awards it was announced Wednesday by the Big West Conference office.

Women's swim head coach Barbara Jahn was named the 2010 Women's Coach of the Year after leading the Aggie women to their first championship at the Division I level and UC Davis' third ever as an institution. UC Davis won six titles at the Big West Championship en route to a program-best 864 points. The 800 free relay of Kayleigh Foley, Linda Hermann, Katelyn Griffin and Bridget Bugbee combined to set a meet, conference and school record on the first day of competition while Ashley Chandler set an individual meet record in the 100 backstroke Friday. In total, the UC Davis women broke ten UC Davis records, one Big West Conference record and two meet records and achieved nine NCAA "B" Consideration times during the championships meet.

Men's swim head coach Pete Motekaitis earned Men's Co-Coach of the Year honors for the second straight year, becoming the first to win the award two consecutive years since Pacific's Ray Looze won it four straight times from 1999-2002. Motekaitis led the Aggies to a perfect 8-0 dual meet season, including the team's first dual meet win against UC Santa Barbara, before taking home the Big West Championship Saturday. UC Davis totaled 958.5 points, the most ever in a five-team field. to win the fourth championship ever for UC Davis as an institution. The men's team set two school records and hit 12 NCAA "B" Consideration times at the 2010 Big West Championships. He shared the award with UC Santa Barbara's Gregg Wilson.



Scott Weltz, a senior from San Jose, Calif., was named Men's Athlete of the Year for the second straight season, becoming the eighth athlete in Big West history to win it in back-to-back years. Weltz led all swimmers with three individual wins as he placed first in the 200 individual medley, the 100 butterfly and the 200 breaststroke. Weltz also swam a time of 53.78 in the time trials of the 100 breaststroke, which stands as the fastest mark in the history of the conference. In his career, Weltz has won nine events at the Big West Championships and owns four conference records.

UC Davis will next compete at the USA Swimming Grand Prix Mar. 4-6 in Austin, Texas.