Dec. 13, 2005
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SDSU Swimmers and Divers To Compete In UNLV Invitational
The San Diego State swimming and diving team heads to Las Vegas, Nev., this weekend to participate in the UNLV Winter Invitational. The three-day meet will begin on Saturday, Dec. 17 and will conclude on Monday, Dec. 19.
SDSU at the UNLV Winter Invitational
The Aztecs are looking to improve on their sixth-place finish of eight teams at the 2004 UNLV Winter Invitational. In last year's meet, SDSU was 245 points behind San Jose State for fifth place, but 17 points ahead of Cal State Northridge (seventh place, 237 points) and 195 ahead of Tennessee (eighth place, 59 points).
In last year's meet, the Aztecs were led by Emily Parker who set a career-best time in the 1,650 free with a time of 17:34.70. Her effort was good for second place in the 21-person field.
Katie Smith set a career best mark in the final day of the event with a 2:09.11 (10th place) clocking in the 200 back, while Stella Karoly established a season-best time of 55.22 in the 100 free and Sarah Davis swam a career-best time of 1:09.77 in the 100 breast.
In one-meter diving competition, Kathleen Heuring tallied 221.85 points (eighth place) in the and Joelle Felton placed tenth with a score of 206.50.
During the 2001-02 campaign, the Aztecs placed second with 682 points in the UNLV Winter Invitational behind the host Rebels (850.50). SDSU's performance was well ahead of third-place Fresno State (682 points).
With 52.3 percent of the 2005-06 squad (11-of-21) being either freshmen or transfers, one might think it would take some time for the newcomers to contribute. Not for these newcomers. Transfer Kimberlee Frith leads the way with top times in the 50 (24.68), 100 (53.29) and the 200 free (1:55.27), while fellow transfer Diana MacManus has posted team top times in the 100 (58.20) and 200 back (2:06.74), good for fourth on the SDSU all-time list in both events. Freshmen Rosalie Raymond (500 - 5:07.23 and 1,000 free - 10:33.45), Kendal Twilling (200 breast - 2:25.92 and 200 IM - 2:11.09) and Megan Flanagan (1-meter (247.41) and 3-meter diving (249.30) also have Aztec-best marks through the first seven meets of the season.