Swimmers And Divers Convene For Home Opener Saturday

Haley Porter made her Aggie debut at Pacific, finishing third with a time of 52.74 in the 100-yard freestyle.
(Mark Honbo, Athletics Communications)

Oct. 24, 2012

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Saturday, Oct. 27 - SAN JOSE STATE, 11 a.m.

Saturday, Oct. 20 - at Pacific Invitational, no team scores

TO RECAP: UC Davis kicked off its season at the Pacific Invitational on Saturday, competing in the second day only... Many Aggies swam in off events for the meet but a few turned in strong season-opening performances... Karley Troup (200 fly, 2:08.60) and Haley Porter (100 free, 52.74) each finished third in their respective events... Samantha Shellem and Marissa Brown clocked strong times in the 500, placing fourth (5:00.90) and fifth (5:01.72), respectively... Shellem's time is the fastest by any Aggie this early in the season... Head coach Barbara Jahn seeks to develop a crew of sprint freestylers; the squad of Porter, Katie Edwards, Morgan Lee and Hilary Hunt posted a 1:37.73 in the 200 free relay to start the day.

OUTSOURCING: The presence of Porter and Shellem continue the Aggies' scouring other schools for talent... Porter transferred from nearby Sierra College after originally making UNLV's team, Shellem previously competed at Cal... Edwards won three All-MPSF first-team nods and helped the 400 free relay to the conference title last year, two years removed from competing at Hawai'i (she attended American River College in between)... UC Davis also had enjoyed significant contributions from Renee Dyer (Utah) and Michelle Jennings (NC State) early in its Division I era... Of course, one of the most notable transfers was Jamie McClellan, the former Golden Bear who captured an NCAA Division II title in the 1,650 in 1983.

UP NEXT: UC Davis hosts San Jose State for a Saturday morning meet at 11 a.m., serving as a prelude for that afternoon's Parent & Family Weekend football game... The Aggies last beat the Spartans in a dual meet to start the 2006 season, taking a 169-131 victory... However, SJSU has won each of the last four, including last year's 178-122 matchup in the Bay Area.

The Aggie-Spartan dual also features the first look at the UC Davis divers... Leading that crew is senior Jennifer Meyer, the former Big West Conference champion and the Aggies' top 1- and 3-meter scorer at each of the first two MPSF championships.

SAN JOSE STATE (0-1) has already competed in two meets, falling to Stanford in a dual on September 28 before finishing second (of three) at Fresno State's Early Bird Invitational... However, the Spartan's 200 medley relay has already made its mark, surpassing three pool and three meet records in Fresno...The 800 free relay squad went 7:32.71, good for sixth in school history... Senior Amy Friedhoff, who led off that relay, also posted a 4:58.52 in the 500 free.

"San Jose State is a very worthy opponent. Our goal is to outswim them. We haven't been able to do that in the last three or four contests so it would be extremely nice to win at home. It's the divers' first competition so we'll get to see our freshmen. But San Jose State also has strong divers, which will make it a close meet."

"The team looks forward to head-to-head competition. There's a big difference between being in an invitational, where you focus on times; versus beating somebody. So this is the beginning of our dual-meet season and I'm sure the team is eager to get started."

"To compete in a dual, they have to be hungry and aggressive. They have to be smart but know that when it comes down to the last 12 and a half yards, that it's all on the line. It will be interesting to see who has that winning mentality at the end of race, and who will go after it."