Aggies welcome Aztecs for home opener

Oct. 19, 2017

San Diego State (2-0) at UC Davis (0-0)
Saturday, Oct. 21, 2017
12 p.m.
Schaal Aquatics Center
Davis, Calif.
DAVIS, Calif.—The UC Davis swimming and diving team will host the San Diego State Aztecs at the Schaal Aquatics Center on Oct. 21 in the Aggies’ first dual meet of the 2017-18 season.
The Aggies already saw competition against the Aztecs in the first official competition of the season when UC Davis made its way to Reno, Nevada for the Nevada Relays held on Sept. 15. The host Wolfpack took the victory at the relay only meet with 186 points on the day, followed by San Diego State with 152 points and UC Davis with 102 points.
Since that meeting, San Diego State has participated in three more competitions including a swimming only meet against San Diego (W, 33-24), a dual meet against Pepperdine (W, 133-74), and the Fresno Invitational where the Aztecs placed second out of five teams with 677 points.
Saturday marks the first competition at the Schaal Aquatics Center since the Aggies held their annual Blue-Gold Intrasquad scrimmage just one week ago on Oct. 14, when nine different swimmers posted victories on the day.
UC Davis newcomers Hayley O’Brien and Nina Gonzalez posted first place finishes in the 800 free and 500 free, respectively.
Four Aggies posted wins in two events: Courtney Schultz (200 free, 100 free), Solie Laughlin (100 back, 200 back), Eva Chung (200 fly, 200 IM), and Kristin Schumann (100 breast, 200 breast).
The Gold team posted wins in the first three events of the day to take an early 33-22 lead; freshman Hayley O’Brien won the 800 free and Courtney Schultz won the 200 free for the Gold team.
Then Solie Laughlin’s first place finish in the 100 back allowed the Blue team to begin closing the gap on the Gold team, still trailing 40-34.
The Gold team would maintain the lead over the next seven events, until Cora McClelland won the 100 fly to give the Blue team their only lead of the day, 116-110.
But in the next event, Eva Chung would touch the wall first in the 200 IM, allowing the Gold team to regain the lead, 122-121.
The Gold squad would go on to win the last swimming event of the day thanks to the 200 free relay quartet of Mia Cunnan, Olivia Smith, Sophie Murff, and Courtney Schultz, extending their lead over the Blue team to 135-125.
Ali Sena won the 50 free and Nina Gonzalez won the 500 free to round out the winners for the Blue team, while the squad of Mia Cunnan, Kristin Schumann, Eva Chung, and Iris Brand put together a first-place finish in the 200 medley relay for the Gold team.
On the boards, freshman Katie Truong took home top honors for the Gold team in a mixed 1- and 3-meter program. Truong was closely followed by fellow Gold team diver Angelina Proshak who garnered a second-place finish on the day.
The Gold team recorded wins in 10 of the 15 events held during Saturday’s competition, lifting them to a 150-131 win over the Blue team.
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