PHOENIX – The San Diego State swim and dive team wrapped competition at the GCU Quad Meet in convincing fashion on Saturday with three additional dual victories, defeating host Grand Canyon (156-66), Loyola Marymount (168-34) and Seattle U (168-36) at Fr Edward A. Reese Aquatics Center.
The Aztecs won 11 of 12 events on the day to extend their streak of dual-meet wins to 44 straight dating back to Jan. 8, 2018, including a 6-0 mark over the weekend.
Once again, SDSU set the early tone in the first race of the day, capturing three of the top four spots in the 400 medley relay, including the foursome of Evonne Stehr, Meredith Smithbaker, Mai McKenna, and Avery Turney, who emerged triumphant with a time of 3:46.88, while the quartet of Riley Tapley, Christiana Williams, Lizzie Menzmer and Lyndsey Wehr took second with a 3:48.82 clocking.
After placing second in the 200 freestyle on Friday, Turney returned to claim the event title on the second day of action with a winning effort of 1:55.35, while Schiller finished fourth at 1:58.08 and Allen took sixth with a 1:59.32 clocking.
It was Smithbaker’s turn to shine in the 50 freestyle, where she topped the field with a season-best time of 23.36, while Jeannette King swam a 24.06 to place fourth, followed by Tapley, who ended up in the sixth position at 24:61.
The spotlight soon shifted to the 400 individual medley, where the Aztecs captured four of the top-five placements, including another winner by Kristina Murphy, who clocked in at 4:24.22, while McKenna finished second with a 4:30.14 clocking, followed by Bergdahl (4.37.47) and Christiana Williams (4:38.28), who took fourth and fifth, respectively, with the latter’s swim considered an exhibition.
SDSU was denied a sweep of event titles in the 100 butterfly, but three swimmers still completed the race among the top five. Menzmer turned in a second-place time of 57.49, while Emily Tenczar was fourth at 57.73, just ahead of Johansson (57.91), who took fifth.
Wehr headlined a crowded Aztec field of finishers in the 100 freestyle with a first-place clocking of 51.66, which set a season best, while Turney (52.24), Stehr (52.26), Schiller (52.32) were a close third, fourth, and fifth, respectively, with Schiller’s result deemed an exhibition.
SDSU witnessed additional success in the 200 backstroke, where McKenna emerged victorious with a time of 2:01.61, while Storm (2:03.40) and Tapley (2:03.45) finished in a dead heat for second and third, respectively.
Mitchell subsequently collected her second win of the weekend after claiming the top spot in the 500 freestyle with a swim of 5:06.61, while Allen took fourth at 5:24.29.
Shortly thereafter, the Aztecs replicated their feat in the 200 back by posting the three fastest times in the 200 breaststroke, as Murphy led the way with a winning performance of 2:16.08, followed by Williams (2:18.64) and Bergdahl (2:19.92).
Punctuating the day’s swimming events was the 200 freestyle relay, where the Scarlet and Black occupied three of top five placements by the race’s completion.
Menzmer, Smithbaker, King, and Wehr joined forces to register a winning time of 1:33.88, while the quartet of Storm, Stehr, Murphy and Schiller finished third at 1:36.54.
Meanwhile, Johansson, Jessie McMurray, Mitchell and Gebhardt combined for a fifth-place showing of 1:40.60, which was logged as an exhibition.
Not to be outdone, the Aztecs boasted four of the top five divers in the 1-meter competition, as Ximena Lechuga Gonzalez won her second event of the weekend with a score of 278.18, while Summer Westmoreland (252.83), Valentina Lopez Arevalo (248.25) and Emma Duggan (238.73) finished third, fourth, and fifth, respectively.
San Diego State returns to the pool on Saturday, Nov. 5, when it plays host to Utah Tech in a dual meet at Aztec Aquaplex. First swim is set for 10 a.m. PT.