Oct. 24, 2012
RENO, Nev. - The University of Nevada swimming and diving team will open its 2012-13 dual season with two meets this week, traveling to take on the Pacific Tigers on Friday at 1 p.m. in Stockton, Calif., before meeting Fresno State and Fresno Pacific in a double-dual on Saturday at noon in Fresno.
"Over the first eight weeks of training, the team has made tremendous fitness and technical improvements," first-year head coach Abby Steketee said. "The hard work has brought the team together and we are all excited to take on the challenge of starting our season with back-to-back away meets."
In addition to this week's dual meets, Nevada will also travel to UC Davis on November 16 and take on Wisconsin-Eau Claire in San Diego, Calif. on January 11. This season's Mountain West Championships will be in San Antonio, Texas, from February 20-23.
"Each student-athlete has specific strategic and technical goals for each race," Steketee said. "If we execute those goals, we'll not only be very competitive against Pacific, Fresno State and Fresno Pacific, but we'll make progress toward peaking at the Mountain West Championships."
Nevada's dual-meet schedule will also feature three home events; with the first coming against New Mexico on November 10 at 10 a.m. Cal State East Bay will swim against the Wolf Pack at 2 p.m. on November 30 at Lombardi Pool. A tilt with San Jose State will close out the 2012-13 home schedule, as the Spartans come to Reno on January 19 at 11 a.m.
Picked to finish eighth in the Mountain West, the Pack was 7-1-1 in dual meets last season and finished fifth at the WAC Championships in its final season in the conference. Jojo Mi won two individual events at the season-ending championships, taking the title in the 500-yard freestyle for the third consecutive year and the 1,650-yard freestyle for the second year in a row.
Nevada diver Grace Huang also had a strong showing in 2012, posting the highest score of any Nevada diver in each discipline (1-meter, 3-meter and platform) and garnering WAC Diver of the Year honors. Nevada diving coach Jian Li You was named the conference's diving coach of the year.
"I have enjoyed coaching these ladies at practice immensely and I'm excited to now coach them in competition," Steketee said.