Jan. 28, 2003
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San Diego State swimming will conclude its 2002-03 regular-season schedule with a pair of dual meets on the road this weekend. On Friday, Jan. 31, the Aztecs will be in San Luis Obispo to take on Cal Poly at 1:00 p.m. The following day they will travel north to take on Fresno State at noon.
San Diego State head coach Deena Schmidt is in her ninth 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 ninth season, and first-year diving coach Jim Wynne.
San Diego State ended a three-meet losing streak with a pair of convincing victories at Loyola Marymount and Pepperdine. On Friday (Jan. 24), the Aztecs defeated LMU, 130-46, in Los Angeles. The next day they were victorious in Malibu by a score of 186-112.
At Loyola Marymount, SDSU took first place in all 11 events, claiming 1-2-3 sweeps twice on the day. Ten different individuals claimed wins in their respective events for SDSU with freshman Emliy Schmied winning twice. Schmied, a first-year Aztec from Woodinville, Wash., won both the 200 individual medley (2:22.21) and 100 butterfly (59.28). She was also a member of the Aztecs' 200 freestyle relay team that turned in the day's best time (1:41.25).
At Pepperdine, Megan Storey and Jill Karacozoff won two events each and the Aztecs swept a total of six events en route the victory. Karacozoff was victorious in both the 100 and 200 breaststrokes with times of 1:05.73 and 2:23.43 respectively. Storey, SDSU's distance specialist, took home first place in the 500 freestyle (5:08.95) and 1,000 freestyle (10:28.77).
Kilpatrick Among Team Leaders
Senior Erin Kilpatrick continues to impress as one of the most versatile swimmers on the SDSU squad. She won the 100 backstroke last Saturday at Loyola Marymount, then came back the next day to take first in the 200 butterfly at Pepperdine. She was on the first-place 400 medley relay team at LMU and was a memebr of the 200 medley relay quartet at Pepperdine that set a new team best time for the season.
Karacozoff Leads Her Event
Third-year Aztec Jill Karacozoff set a personal best in the 100 breaststroke at Pepperdine last weekend with a time of 1:05.73. She continues to close in on a personal best in the 200 breaststroke as well. She has set the pace for the Aztecs in both of those events this season with the team's top time in each.
Schmied Leads The Youngsters
Emily Schmied has proven to be one of the top freshmen on this year's squad that includes seven first-year college athletes on its 19-women roster. Her time of 57.84 in the 100 butterfly at Pepperdine last Sunday improved her team-leading time in that event by almost three-tenths of a second.
Breaking Into The Record Book
Two more Aztecs had their names entered in the SDSU record book last weekend as they turned in times that rank among the all-time top five in their specialty. Jill Karacozoff went 1:05.78 in the 100 breaststroke, a time that ranks second on the Aztec list. In addition, freshman Emily Schmied went 57.84 in the 100 butterfly, the fifth-fastest time ever for an SDSU swimmer. San Diego State swimmers have now recorded times in seven events during the
2002-03 season that are among the all-time top five in Aztec history.
Aztec In The MWC Lists
Several swimmers are ranked among the Mountain West Conference's top 10s in their events during the 2002-03 season. Megan Storey holds the top mark in the MWC in the 1,650 freestyle this season at 17:10.57 while senior Erin Kilpatrick is among the top 10 in seven events. The list of Aztecs among the conference leaders is as follows:
Erin Kilpatrick....500 Free.....8th
200 Fly... ..2nd
Megan Storey.........200 Fly......8th
Emily Schmied......100 Fly......6th
Jill Karacozoff....100 Breast...5th
Hannah Ryan..........200 Free....10th
Melissa Webb.......200 Back....10th
Following this weekend's meets at Cal Poly and Fresno State, the Aztecs will have a three-week break before traveling to Oklahoma City for the Mountain West Conference championship meet scheduled for Feb. 19-22.