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SDSU Swimmers and Divers to Host Northern Colorado on Thursday; MWC Opponent Wyoming on Saturday

The Aztecs will host two meets this week at the Ray and Joan Kroc Community Center.
The Aztecs will host two meets this week at the Ray and Joan Kroc Community Center.

Jan. 17, 2006

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SDSU Swimmers and Divers to Host Northern Colorado on Thursday; MWC Opponent Wyoming on Saturday
The San Diego State swimming and diving team hosts a pair of meets this week at the Ray & Joan Kroc Community Center. On Thursday, Jan. 19, the Aztecs will face Northern Colorado. On Saturday, Jan. 21, SDSU will host Wyoming in the final Mountain West Conference meet of the season for the Aztecs.

Last Meeting/All-Time Series Vs. Northern Colorado, Wyoming
SDSU and Northern Colorado met for the first time last year in Greeley, Colo., with the Aztecs coming away with a 172-128 win. SDSU started off hot, winning the first six events. The 200-yard medley team of Samantha Peters, Lindsay Hnyda, Stella Karoly and Caitlin Friedhoff got SDSU on the board early by winning the relay in 1:52.27.

Emily Parker (1000 freestyle), Friedhoff (200 freestyle), Katie Smith (100 backstroke), Jennifer Arrow (100 breaststroke) and Emily Schmied (200 butterfly) followed with victories to put the Aztecs up by a large margin.

Parker later posted a victory in the 500 free, while Hnyda took first in the 200-yard breast and Karoly notched a victory in the 200-yard individual medley. Schmied (100 fly) and Sarah Davis (200 back) also won their respective events.

SDSU fell to Wyoming, 173-119, last season in Laramie and trail in the series, 1-2. Friedhoff led the way for the Aztecs with a pair of second-place finishes in the 100 and 200 free events.

Scouting the Bears/Cowgirls
Northern Colorado's meet with SDSU will be its fourth in a week. The Bears are coming to San Diego with a 4-6 record. During its recent three-meet span, Northern Colorado defeated South Dakota State, 214-80, on Jan. 13 and beat Air Force for the first time in its history (152-146) before falling to No. 6 Denver, 167-127. The Aztecs loss to Air Force in Colorado Springs earlier in the season by a score of 160-140.

Wyoming comes into the meet with a 4-6 overall record and 1-3 mark in the MWC. In their last meet, the Cowgirls fell to UNLV, 150.5-90.5. Aimee Stinson won both the 500 (5:04.24) and 1,000 (10:27.20) Wyoming, while Katie Bigger collected a first-place finish in the 200 fly (2:10.41) and Emily Keefer was first in the 3-meter diving (263.79) competition.

Welcomed Additions
With 52.3 percent of the 2005-06 squad (11-of-21) being either freshmen or transfers (including Diana MacManus who is no longer with the team), one might think it would take some time for the newcomers to contribute.

Not for these newcomers.

Overall, fastest times/marks have been recorded by newcomers in 12 of the 16 events. Transfer Kimberlee Frith leads the way with top times in the 50 (24.68), 100 (52.22), 200 free (1:51.48) and 500 free (5:02.17). Frith's time in the 200 free is a school record and her 100 free mark is fourth-fastest in school history.

Other top times/marks by first-year Aztecs include Rosalie Raymond in the 1,000 free (10:33.45), Diana MacManus in the 100 (58.20) and 200 back (2:06.74), Emily Pool in the 100 breast (1:06.84), Kendal Twilling in the 200 breast (2:25.92) and 200 individual medley (2:11.09), and Megan Flanagan in the 1-meter (247.41) and 3-meter (251.47) diving events.