Freshmen phenomenon continues in the pool
The women ran their victories to five in a row with a win over San Diego State Friday night, 144-94. The win was the second straight over the Aztecs in just over a week for the swimmers. The Cougars began the meet with a one, two finish in the 200 medley relay and never looked back.
"We really started strong and then just cruised from there," women's head swimming coach Stan Crump said. "It was a good meet and San Diego swam much better than they did last week."
The women had another strong showing from their freshmen class with U-nice Chan picking up wins in the 200 free (1:53.70) and 100 fly (58.59), Angela Goodson winning in the 200 IM (2:09.53) with team mate Tara Bradshaw coming in second with a time of 2:10.07. The freshmen phenomenon also carried over onto the diving board where Angela Nelson pick up a first place finish on the 3-meter and a second place finish on the 1-meter.
The Cougars also had a fine showing from returning swimmers Natasha Schlup, Hannah Palmer and reigning conference swimmer of the week Brittany Davis. Schlup finished first in the 100 back (59.69) only a second ahead of second place finisher and team mate Carolyn Wigginton who touched the wall at 1:00.75.
Palmer swam to victory in the fastest event in the pool, the 50 free, with a time of 24.57. And Davis won her third straight victory in the 500 free with a time of 5:08.23.
Junior diver Aubrey Low also had a strong showing for the divers with a first place finish on the 1-meter.
The women will now travel to Las Vegas to face the Rebels of UNLV. The meet will be a combined meet with the men. The meet, which was originally scheduled for 1 p.m., has been moved up one hour to begin at noon.
"I think the meet with UNLV will be a bit closer than last year," Crump said. "We want to win, but we know it is always a tough trip, but I think we'll be okay."
Cougars to face Aztecs and Rebels
The Cougar swimming teams will face the Rebels of UNLV at the pools in Vegas on Saturday, November 13. The women will swim against the Aztecs of San Diego State in a rematch from the week before on Friday, November 12.
The men are coming off a bye week after having beaten the Fighting Irish of Notre Dame the week before. The Cougars stand at No. 22 in the polls right now and will look to improve on the ranking in the first conference match-up of the season. During that week, senior diver Scott Randall garnered Mountain West Conference diver of the week after winning both the 1-meter and 3-meter springboard events against the Irish.
The women are looking to beat the Aztecs twice in one week after beating SDSU in Albuquerque 169-55 on Thursday, November 4. The Cougars also posted 1,122 to the Aztecs' 525 at the Lobo Invitational last weekend. The women saw strong performances from freshmen U-nice Chan and Jamie Bloom who both posted wins in their first collegiate meets. Brittany Davis also had a great showing winning four individual events over the three days the women competed.
The UNLV women have been struggling this year and are still searching for their first win of the season. The Rebels began the year with losses at Arizona State and the University of Utah. The UNLV men, on the other hand, posted wins in both meets.
San Diego State have posted wins against the Air Force Academy and Loyola Marymount. The Aztecs have lost to New Mexico and Utah, and will look to out swim the Cougars after last weekends' meets in Albuquerque.