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UCD swimmers are speedy on Day 1

By November 18, 2010

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The UC Davis women\’s swimming team completed the first day of action at the Arena Invitational, hosted by UC San Diego, at the Belmont Plaza Olympic Pool in Long Beach.

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Bridget Bugbee was UCD\’s top finisher in the 500 freestyle, placing 45th in the prelims of the event, clocking in at 5:06.28. Karley Troup was 59th with a time of 5:09.85, while Madeline Talt touched the wall in 5:13.14. All three Aggies posted their best times of the season.

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In the 200 individual medley, Katelyn Griffin finished 65th to lead UCD, recording a time of 2:09.28, Lisa Bender swam a 2:14.43 and Jessica Nicholson had a time of 2:20.40.

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Ashley Chandler finished 64th overall in the 50 free with a time of 24.29, while Griffin followed with a 69th-place finish in a season-best time of 24.39. Bender\’s time of 24.70 also as he best of the season, as was Victoria Pichay\’s 25.29. Buffy Ajimura finished with a season-best time of 25.31.

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The Arena Invitational continues today with the 200 medley relay as well as the 400 individual medley, the 100 butterfly and the 200 freestyle.

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Aggie art show

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Football player Brandon Tucker and cross country runner Kristina Taylor have organized the second-annual Art of Athletes, an art show featuring exhibits by various UCD student-

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athletes. The event takes place in the UCD art department\’s Basement Gallery beginning today and lasting through Tuesday.

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Tonight\’s grand openning, from 4:30 to 7 p.m., includes an opportunity to meet the artists and discuss their work. The student-athletes will be in attendance from 5:30 until closing on that night. There is no admission for the event.

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This year\’s show consists of artwork from 11 contributors: Bianca Castillo (softball), Jenah Dawson (swimming), Morgan Flaharty (wrestling), Kayleigh Foley (swimming), Anna Harp (basketball), Winsome Hitchcock (volleyball), Amanda Marinac (field hockey), Hannah Stephens (basketball), Elaine Tanski (soccer), plus Tucker and Taylor.

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The Basement Gallery is student-run gallery featuring works by UC Davis art studio majors. Nearly half of the student-athletes who submitted artwork to this year\’s show are enrolled in that major.

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Although The Art of Athletes launched in October of 2009 as part of the Homecoming Weekend, the idea for the show dates back to the previous spring when several athletes displayed artwork at the Aggie Idol talent show, a charity event run by the UCD Student-Athlete Advisory Committee.

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Tucker, a running back for the football team and an art studio major, took the lead in organizing the inaugural show held at the Log Cabin Gallery in downtown Davis. Art professor Mike Henderson was credited with inspiring Tucker with the idea of an art show.

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A photo gallery of last year\’s exhibits is available on http://www.ucdavisaggies.com.

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McCord to announce at UCD

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Gary McCord, best known as an analyst for CBS Sports\’ coverage of the PGA Tour, will serve as a guest public address announcer at Saturday\’s women\’s volleyball match between UCD and Pacific. McCord is the grandfather of Aggie senior libero/outside hitter Kayla Varney, who is one of three

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seniors to be honored that evening.

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McCord, who played professionally on both the PGA Tour and Champions Tour, has a long list of credits in the golf media in addition to his duties with CBS Sports. He has written several books,

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appeared as himself both in movies (Tin Cup) and on television (Arliss, CSI: Crime Scene Investigation), and provided the voice for the Tiger Woods PGA Tour video game series. However, McCord\’s claim-to-fame remains his outspoken and irreverent style in the broadcast booth, which has helped golf reach a more mainstream audience.

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McCord will share announcing duties with Scott Judson, the former Aggie Pack emcee who has voiced all of the UCD volleybvall matches this season.

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Varney, who will finish her career at No. 2 among the Aggies\’ career digs leaders, is one of three seniors to be honored on Saturday. The class also comprises opposite Melanie Adams, who has started 78 matches in four years; and defensive specialist Esther Hon, who joined the team as a walk-on.

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Fans who attend Saturday\’s Causeway Classic football game may redeem their ticket stubs for free admission at the volleyball match. First serve at the Pavilion is set for 7:30 p.m.

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UCD men\’s basketball

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The Aggies announced Wednesday that J.T. Adenrele from Oakmont High School in Roseville, has signed a National Letter of Intent and will join the UCD program next fall.

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Adenrele, a 6-foot-6 220-pound forward, helped lead Oakmont to an impressive 25-8 overall record during the 2009-10 season. Oakmont advanced to the section semifinals under head coach Rick Campbell.

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“He\’s a great kid going to a great institution,” said Campbell when asked about Adenrele. “He\’s a great athlete and definitely the kind of kid you want representing your program. His upside is really incredible, he\’s only going to get better. He\’s excited and we are really excited for him.”

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Adenrele averaged 11.4 points, 9.0 rebounds and 3.8 blocks per game at Oakmont as a junior, and is rated as a top 10 high school recruit in the NorCal district, according to rivals.com. ESPNU also has him rated in the top 100 of all recruits in his position. He is currently ranked the No. 72 power forward in the 2011 recruiting class.

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UCD head coach Gary Stewart is excited to bring Adenrele into the program and believes that he can make significant contributions early on:

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“JT brings a combination of size, athleticism and skill that gives him ability to be an impact player. We must replace some talented student athletes next season and I believe JT will help us do that.

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“JT comes from an outstanding family. His parents have greatly aided him in his development as a student and as an athlete. He\’s had outstanding coaching, both at high school and AAU. Coupled with his talent and gifts, that has put him on the path to be a contributer immediately.”

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UCD women\’s soccer

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The Aggies have been recognized by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA), as academic award winners for the 2009-10 year.

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A total of 630 soccer teams (194 men, 436 women) posted a team grade point average of 3.0 or higher, thereby earning the NSCAA award for the 2009-10 school year.

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UCD had a combined GPA of 3.06, as one of three UC schools to receive the award.

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Enterprise staff

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