Nevada (2-0) & Cal State East Bay (4-1) at UC Davis (5-2)
Friday, Nov. 4, 2016
Schaal Aquatics Center
DAVIS, Calif. -- Coming off a win against a Mountain Pacific Sports Federation rival in its home opener a week ago, the UC Davis women's swimming and diving teams hosts a pair of schools in its final duals of the fall, welcoming Nevada and Cal State East Bay to Schaal Aquatics Center on Friday afternoon (Nov. 4) at 4 p.m.
The Aggies are coming off a dominating win over MPSF rival BYU, 172-128, winning 12 of the 16 events, including a pair of individual wins from both Solie Laughlin (100 and 200 back) and Elise Roberts (100 and 200 breaststroke), en route to the victory. The win improved UC Davis to 3-0 against MPSF opponents this season, extending their winning streak against conference foes to 17 consecutive meets dating back to 2012.
Roberts' win in the 200 continued a stellar start to her season, as the senior from Napa, Calif., is unbeaten (3-0) in that race to start the year, posting her fastest time of the season (2:18.42) at UCLA on Oct. 22. Senior Kirsten Brand has also sprinted out to a quick start in the 50 free, winning two of the three races this season and finishing second in the other, while teammate Courtney Schultz has posted a pair of wins in the 100 free against both Loyola Marymount and BYU. Meanwhile, Laughlin, who posted her first win in the 100 back this season against the Cougars has also won twice in the 200 back, and finished fourth among a tough field in that event at UCLA.
The Aggies have also been beasts in the relays, posting at least one win in each of the first three meets this season, and four wins overall. Schultz, Mia Facey, and Jamie Pincin, have been common denominators in helping UC Davis to wins in the 200 and 400 free relays against the field at UCLA and BYU, respectively, while Laughlin, Roberts, Facey, Kirsten Brand, Cora McClelland, Scultz, and Pincin, have combined in one way or another to help the Aggies to wins in the 200 medley relay against LMU and BYU, and a fourth-place finish at UCLA in the 400 medley relay.
Six different UC Davis swimmers and divers set career-best marks against the Cougars last week: Iris Brand in the 100 back (1:00.65), Eva Chung in the 200 back (2:07.03), and Jordan Owyoung in the 200 fly (2:12.04), were joined by divers Allie Autrey (175.65) and Inessa Toropov (229.28) on the 1-meter, and Shaifali Goyal (242.28) gave the Aggies their first win on the 3-meter board this season.
Nevada enters this week's double-dual with a perfect 2-0 mark after posting a 177-123 win over Mountain West Conference rival Fresno State on Oct. 29, extending the Wolf Pack's winning streak to 12-straight duals dating back to last season.
Teresa Baerens was named the conference's swimmer of the week after winning the 100 (51.78) and 200 free (1:51.09), as well as swimming the anchor leg of Nevada's winning 400 medley relay squad against the Bulldogs. Sophomore diver Toma Shmitova also earned weekly honors from the Mountain West after sweeping the 1- and 3-meter events against Fresno State, setting a personal best of 326.49 on the high board.
The series has been a tight one over the last nine seasons between the Aggies and Wolf Pack, with Nevada holding a 5-4 advantage heading into Friday's clash. The Wolf Pack have won the last two meetings, including a 203-97 decision to open last season, with UC Davis' last win in the series coming during the 2013-14 campaign by a slim, 151-149, margin.
Meanwhile, Cal State East Bay is riding a three-meet winning streak in duals and placed first at the Bay Area Invitational hosted by Mills College in its last outing on Oct. 23. The Pioneers finished first in 13 of the 14 races at the Invitational, including sweeping the 400 medley, 800 free, and 200 free relays.
Junior Madison Hauanio was named the Pacific Collegiate Swim Conference swimmer of the week on Oct. 25, winning three individual races at the Bay Area Invitational: 100 back (58.73), 200 back (2:06.54), and 400 IM (4:35.89), while swimming the lead-off leg in two relays.
The Aggies and the Pioneers haven't met since the 2004 Pacific Collegiate Swim Conference Championships, when UC Davis finished second and Cal State East Bay (then Cal State Hayward) ended up 13th.