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Nov. 3, 2011
By Sarah Thomsen
Athletic Media Relations
FORT COLLINS, Colo. -- The Rams will head to California Saturday to take on two conference champions, San Diego State and UC-Davis, at 1:30 p.m. MT at the Aztec Aquaplex in San Diego, Calif.
“Both teams will be very difficult,” Head Coach Woody Woodard said. “San Diego State maybe a little bit more so, but UC Davis definitely presents a challenge for us.”
Coming off of their victory at the 2011 Mountain West championships, the Aztecs have kept up their skill this season with an unbeaten record of 4-0.
From 1999-2010, CSU did no tlose to SDSU. But last season, the Rams lost to the Aztecs, 211-89, for the first time in nine seasons.
CSU has not faced UC Davis, but the Aggies are shaping up to be formidable opponents. The Aggies also won their championship in the Big West Conference last season and were ranked eighth nationally.
The Aggies, now 3-1, took their first hit of the season last weekend with a loss to San Jose State.
“Both teams are racing very well right now,” Woodard said. “We’re still a very young team, and it’s hard to judge how we are going to measure up against them because we haven’t raced below sea level yet.”
This meet will help to determine which CSU athletes will be heading to the Cougar Classic Invite, Nov. 17-19. The invite is essentially a pre-conference meet mid-way through the year. Most schools take their whole team, but CSU will only be taking the top nine swimmers and three divers.
“There are a couple kids that I know for sure will be going,” Woodard said, “but at this point most of those spots are not determined. The kids have to race for an opportunity to go to that event. It will give them a chance to kind of get into a conference mode.”
This weekend’s meet will be scored as two dual meets.
Quoting Head Coach Woody Woodard…
On last meet’s top performers, Kim Schemahorn and Kelly Mathews:
“We’ve probably done a little bit more sprint work. We’ve really been concentrating on breath control and the way we’re lining up our finishes. Also we did a little bit of work on relay starts last week. So we’ve been working on a lot of the tune-up details. Hopefully that’s something that will help them.”
On the events he is most eager to see:
“I’m hoping Jennifer Lamb can come down and have a good meet in her events, place and do some good things. I look forward to seeing the 100 Backstroke and 100 Breaststroke. I’m going to rely on Yana [Garvey] and Kelly [Mathews] quite a bit.”
On how the altitude will affect the Rams:
“I don’t think the altitude difference is going to give us a huge advantage. There is definitely a physiological advantage coming down from a mile high. I expect that the kids in my 200-and-up races are going to swim very tough and might be a little fresher in the back end of their races.”