Aggies' newcomer won three individual titles to help UC Davis to conference crown
Aggie freshman captures 400 IM and 100 back, leads off winning 400 medley relay
Junior earns fourth career award after helping the Aggies to a win at Pacific
UC Davis sends 20 student-athletes to compete at Texas Hall of Fame Swimming Invitational
UC Davis enters final day with big lead over second-place BYU
2008-09: BIG WEST CONFERENCE FEMALE ATHLETE OF THE YEAR... BIG WEST CHAMPION in 200 IM and 100 breast... Recipient of the UC Davis HEITMAN AWARD as the university's top female student-athlete... Hit first A-cut mark in program history with school record of 2:09.41 in 200 breast at Big West Championships... Qualified for the NCAA Division I Championships in the 100 and 200 breast and 200 IM... Best finish at nationals was 18th in the 200 breast, just two spots off All-America status... Set school and conference records in 100 breast (1:00.38) and 200 IM (1:58.36)... Also set a school record in the 200 free (1:47.78) at conference championships... Record in 200 free came during opening split on BIG WEST CHAMPION 800 free relay team that set a school record in 7:20.23... Swam second leg on 2nd-place 200 IM and 400 IM relay teams that set school records with times of 1:42.34 and 3:45.15, respectively... Won a total of 20 races during the season... Named Academic All-Big West for the winter season.
WATER POLO: Member of 2009 team that shared inaugural Big West Championship honors... Played in 13 games and scored six goals with one assist for seven points... Scored three of those goals during 6-on-5 chances... Also recorded 11 steals, 5 kick-outs drawn and drew a 5-meter exclusion... Won 6 sprints in 10 chances.
2007-08: Aggies' highest scorer at Big West Conference Championships, tallying 46.0 points (not counting relays)... Finished 3rd in 200 breast (2:16.87), 4th in both 200 IM (2:03.45) and 400 IM (4:23.99)... Clipped .09 off her own 200 IM school record at conference finals... Also lead off 5th-place 800 free relay with split of 1:50.91, 2nd in school history... Hit season-best 1:04.63 in 100 breast at Husky Invite... Posted multiple event wins in duals vs. Denver (200 breast, 400 IM) and UC Santa Cruz/San Jose State (200 breast, 200 IM).
2006-07: BIG WEST CONFERENCE CHAMPION in 200 breast, setting school record of 2:14.30... Also reached finals in both individual medleys, setting school records in each... Plcaed 3rd in 400 IM at 4:22.18, 4th in 200 IM at 2:03.54... Scored team-best 51.0 individual points at conference, not counting contributions to 5th-place 200 free relay and 3rd-place 400 free relay... Also swam 100 breast in exhibition, hitting 1:03.77... That mark ranks 2nd in school history behind Ashley Cayford's 2006-07 record... Broke and re-broke the school's 200 breast record four times during the year... Posted 15 total event wins, including eight in the 200 breast... Set Akron Invite meet records in the 200 breast (2:19.28) and 400 IM (4:28.05).
MENLO-ATHERTON HS '06: Attended Palo Alto Prep for two years, then M-A for two... Starred in three sports: swimming, water polo and rodeo... Earned NISCA All-America honors in 100 breast and 200 medley relay... Won Central Coast Section titles in 100 breast as a junior and senior... Ranked 32nd nationally in that event as a senior at 1:03.87, just shy of UC Davis' record in the event (Ashley Cayford, 1:03.80)... Set Peninsula Athletic League records in both 100 breast and 200 IM... Earned San Jose Mercury-News Athlete of the Week honors... Twice selected to All-CCS first team in water polo... Competed for SOLO Aquatics (swimming) and NorCal Water Polo Club... Earned Silver Stirrups at Challenge of Champions in barrel racing (rodeo) in 2003... Competed at state rodeo finals in 2003-04.
PERSONAL: Majoring in nutrition science, with plans on becoming a pediatrician... Parents are Gilbert & Heidi Kucera... Older sister, Kari, is a gymnast at Cornell who competed against the Aggies at USAG Collegiate Championships... Proudest personal accomplishment was helping her sister win a third saddle at Booger Barter Roping... Chose UC Davis because she was allowed to compete in both swimming and water polo, plus continue to rodeo.