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Swimming Team Opens 2009-10 Campaign With Relay Meet Against Cal

Freshman Katelyn Weddle's opening leg of the 300 breaststroke relay was the sixth-fastest time by an Aztec in the 100 breast.
Freshman Katelyn Weddle's opening leg of the 300 breaststroke relay was the sixth-fastest time by an Aztec in the 100 breast.

Oct. 17, 2009

SAN DIEGO - The San Diego State swimming team got its first taste of competition this fall as it hosted Cal in a non-scoring relay meet Saturday afternoon at the Aztec Aquatic Complex. SDSU concluded a successful day as it won three of the 10 events and narrowly missed capturing a fourth against the defending national champions. The meet consisted of 10 relays including seven non-traditional distances including three 300-yard and three 150-yard races.

The Aztecs captured the 300 (3x100) backstroke, 150 (3x50) breaststroke and the 200 yard freestyle events. In the 300 yard breast relay, the Golden Bear trio edged SDSU's threesome at the finish line by just nine-hundredths of a second.

In the 200 free relay, the San Diego State quartet of Shelley Perkins, Tarin Corwin, Allison Stuhr and Allison Hall established a new Aztec Aquatic Center pool record with a time of 1:34.78. That mark was just .29 seconds off the SDSU school record time as well.

In that same event, the foursome of Stephanie Koch, Leona Jennings, Kim Bierwith and Emilee Jennings turned in a 1:37.62, a time that goes down as the 10th-best ever at SDSU. Seven of the eight members of those two relay teams are newcomers to the Aztec roster this season with Hall the only returning veteran.

Two individuals who led off their relays also turned in times that rank among the SDSU all-time top 10s as well. In the 300 breast relay, Katelyn Weddle's opening leg of 1:05.72 ranks as the 6th-best mark for the 100 breast. Additionally, Koch's first 100 in the 400 free relay was clocked at 52.78, the eighth-fastest time by an SDSU swimmer.

San Diego State will now prepare for its Mountain West Conference opening meet next weekend as it travels to Colorado Springs for a triple-dual meet against Air Force, Colorado State and New Mexico on Saturday, Oct. 24, at 1:00 p.m. (PT).