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Swimmers Head North For Pair Of Dual Meets

Lindsey Minnich achieved personal career best scores in both the 1-meter and 3-meter diving events in the meet vs. Hawai'i.
Lindsey Minnich achieved personal career best scores in both the 1-meter and 3-meter diving events in the meet vs. Hawai'i.

Jan. 20, 2004

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This Week
San Diego State heads north for a pair of dual meets in the Los Angeles area this weekend. On Friday (Jan. 23), the team will travel to Loyola Marymount for a 1:00 p.m. contest against the Lions. The next day, the Aztecs will be in Malibu to take on Pepperdine at noon. The Aztecs defeated both teams at the same venues during the 2002-2003 season.

Coaching Staff
San Diego State head coach Deena Schmidt is in her 10th season as head coach of the Aztec swimming and diving program. The former Olympian, who won a gold as a member of the 400-medley relay team at the 1972 Olympics, is a 1988 graduate of San Diego State. Schmidt is assisted by Greg Hutt, also in his 10th season. Jim Wynne is in his second season as the Aztec diving coach. In addition, former Aztec all-conference swimmer Erin Kilpatrick will serve as a student assistant coach.

Last Time Out
San Diego State traveled to Honolulu and split a pair of dual meets there on Jan. 9. The Aztecs defeated Stony Brook, 120-20, and fell to host Hawai'i, 43-97. The University of Wisconsin also competed in the meet against the Rainbows, but did not swim against SDSU. The results left San Diego State with a dual meet record of 5-5 on the season, one shy of their win total of six during the 2003-04 campaign with three meets remaining.

Storey, Ryan Lead Aztecs in Hawai'i
San Diego State's top individual finishes in the four-team meet in Honolulu were second-place efforts by seniors Megan Story and Hannah Ryan. Storey took runner-up honors in the 1,000 freestyle in a time of 10:13.19, a personal season best. Ryan, meanwhile, finished second in the 500 freestyle in 5:00.83. She also took third in the 500 free with a mark of 1:52.94.

Schmied Comes On Strong
At Hawai'i, sophomore Emily Schmied had an excellent outing for the Aztecs, taking third in both the 100 butterfly (58.69) and 200 butterfly (2:06.69). Her time in the 200 fly ranks as the fifth fastest in that event in program history. She surpassed her own best time of 2:06.85 set last year, a mark that was the fifth-best for an Aztec until the meet in Honolulu. Schmied also set a personal best in the 200 individual medley at 2:09.14. She now owns the Aztecs' top times this season in four events: 100 and 200 butterfly as well a both the 200 and 400 individual medley.

Personal Bests
Several other Aztecs set season personal best times during the course of the meet at Hawai'i. Included in that group were Emily Parker in the 1,000 free (10:35.57), Caitlin Friedhoff in the 100 free (1:56.01), Megan Storey and Stella Karoly in the 200 fly (2:08.49 and 2:10.39 respectively), Allison Fernandez in the 50 free (25.66) and Stephanie Chambers in the 500 free (5:18.49).

Diving In
Aztec divers Lindsey Minnich and Shannon Colvin each set season-high point totals in both the one-meter and three-meter events. Minnich, in her second season at SDSU, turned in personal Aztec career bests of 216.15 in the one-meter and 248.75 in the three-meter. Freshman Colvin had personal best marks of 215.65 and 229.50 respectively.

Top Five Times
San Diego State swimmers have turned in a total of six times this season that rank among the all-time top-five best times in Aztec history. Three of those marks have been recorded by senior Hannah Ryan, who has a 1:52.25 in the 200 free (second-best ever), a 4:59.41 in the 500 free (fourth-best ever), and a 17:31.69 in the 1,650 free (fifth-best). Sophomore Emily Schmied has a time of 4:33.32 in the 400 individual medley (the second fastest in program history), and at Hawai'i went 2:06.69 in the 100 fly (fifth-fastest ever). In addition, freshman Sarah Davis went 2:08.63 in the 200 backstroke, the fifth-best ever for an Aztec individual.

Aztecs Among MWC Top 10s
Sophomore Emily Schmied has times ranked among the top eight in the conference in four events this season: 200 fly (third), 400 IM (fourth), 200 IM (sixth) and 100 fly (eighth). Senior Megan Storey ranks among the top seven individuals in the Mountain West Conference in three events (1000 and 1650 free plus the 200 fly) while teammate Hannah Ryan has the second-best time in the league in the 500 freestyle and third fastest in the 200 free. Others with top 10 times in the MWC this fall include Jennifer Graham (7th-100 breast), Jennifer Arrow (7th-200 breast), Stella Karoly (9th-100 fly) and Adriana Quirke (10th-100 back).

Conference Standings
San Diego State was picked to finish seventh in the Mountain West Conference this season by a poll of the league's coaches. The Aztecs were seventh in last year's final standings and finished eighth at the 2003-04 MWC Championship meet. Entering the week, the MWC standings are as follows:

Team              W   L   Pct.
Colorado State....4...1....800
San Diego State...3...4....429
Air Force.........1...2....333
New Mexico........0...5....000

Looking Ahead
The Aztecs will conclude the dual meet portion of their 2003-04 schedule when they travel to San Luis Obispo to face Cal Poly on Saturday, Jan. 31, at 1:00 p.m. The meet with University of San Diego, which was postponed from its original date of Nov. 1, has yet to be rescheduled. Following the Cal Poly meet, SDSU will have three weeks to prepare for the Mountain West Conference Championship meet to be held in Oklahoma City Feb. 18-21.