The Aztecs will host a pair of double dual meets against Northern Colorado and Tulane this weekend.
Jan. 5, 2011
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San Diego State swimmers and divers will be back in action this week as they host Northern Colorado and Tulane in double dual meets on Friday (Jan. 7) at 2:00 p.m. and Saturday (Jan. 8) at noon at the Aztec Aquaplex. Friday's meet will consist of nine swimming events plus diving while Saturday's contest will include seven swimming events with diving.
The Aztec divers will also be in action on Sunday, Jan. 9, when they travel to Los Angles to participate in the final day of the Bruin Diving Invitational which gets underway at 10:00 a.m. at UCLA's Spieker Aquatics Center. The lone event of the day will be the platform diving competition.
HEAD COACH MIKE SHRADER
SDSU head coach Mike Shrader is in his fourth season with the Aztecs and has compiled a dual meet record of 39-13 (.750) during his tenure. Shrader was named the conference Coach of the Year at the conclusion of MWC championship meet each of the past two seasons (co-coach in 2009). His career record including eight seasons at Nevada stands at 128-25-1 (.834).
LAST TIME OUT
The San Diego State swimming and diving team remained perfect on the season as it defeated UNLV, 159-134, on Dec. 4 in Las Vegas. Leona Jennings led the way for San Diego State with three individual first-place finishes (100 & 200 back, 200 IM) plus a relay victory (200 medley relay). The Aztecs also had a pair of triple winners in Stephanie Koch and Katelyn Weddle. Koch was first in the 100 and 200 freestyle events and swam the opening leg of the winning 400 free relay. Weddle won both the 100 and 200 breaststroke and was a member of the victorious 200 medley relay team.
MWC SWIMMER OF THE WEEK HONORS
San Diego State has competed in meets during six weekends this season and has come away with the Mountain West Conference Swimmer of the Week Award five times. Aztec winners have included:
Leona Jennings....Sept. 28
Kelly Marquenie.....Oct. 4
Brooke Vessey......Oct. 26
Katelyn Weddle......Nov. 9
Stephanie Koch......Nov. 23
AZTECS NATIONALLY RANKED
San Diego State retained its No. 23 national ranking in the latest poll released by the College Swim Coaches of America Association on December 16. The next poll is scheduled to be released on January 17.
THERE'S NO PLACE LIKE HOME
San Diego State completed its second consecutive undefeated home season (10-0) during its 2009-10 campaign. With victories in its two dual meets at home this season, SDSU's record at the Aztec Aquaplex stands at 21-3 since the facility opened in the spring of 2008.
NON-CONFERENCE WIN STREAK
SDSU has a streak of 28 straight dual meet wins against non-conference opponents. The last loss to a non-MWC team was a defeat at North Texas on Nov. 17, 2006. In current head coach Mike Shrader's three seasons, the Aztecs have not lost to a non-conference foe.
Thus far in the 2010-11 campaign, San Diego State swimmers have recorded the league's top times in four individual swimming events and have 40 other times that rank among the top 15. In addition, the Aztecs also have the top times in the 200 free relay as well as both the 200 and 400 medley relays.
Several Aztec swimmers are listed among the top 65 times in the nation in various events. That group includes Kim Bierwith in the 50 free (59th); Stephanie Koch in the 50 free (61st), 100 free (60th) and 200 free (56th); Kelly Marquenie 500 free (53rd), 1000 free (15th) and 1650 free (28th); Melanie Garibaldi 1000 free (48th) and 1650 free (66th); Leona Jennings in the 100 back (31st) and 200 IM (53rd); and Katelyn Weddle in the 100 breast (11th) and 200 breast (28th).
SDSU times also rank 16th in the 200 free relay; 38th in the 400 free relay; 35th in the 800 free relay; 18th in the 200 medley relay; and 13th in the 400 medley relay.