Jan. 26, 2013
FRESNO, Calif. - UC Davis ended its dual meet schedule in impressive fashion at the Fresno State Aquatics Center, defeating the host Bulldogs 195-105, and Mountain Pacific Sports Federation rival UC Santa Barbara by a score of 180-120 in Saturday's double-dual.
The victory over UCSB is the program's first since 2006. UC Davis won nine individual events throughout the afternoon, and both relays to capture victories against both of its opponents to finish their dual schedule with an 8-2 record.
"This was a very good team effort," said head coach Barbara Jahn following the meet. "We focused more on the final results of each event instead of times."
Junior Liliana Alvarez was UC Davis' lone overall double event-winner, capturing the two breaststroke events. She posted a time of 1:04.68 in the 100-yard breast earlier in the day, then hit a 2:20.37 in the 200-yard
version in the meet's 11th event.
Junior Samantha Shellem dominated the 500 freestyle with a winning time of 5:00.91, more than four full seconds ahead of Gaucho sophomore Heren Alanis at 5:05.35. She also went 1:51.62 in the 200 free, good for second overall in the meet and first-place points in the UC Davis-Fresno State competition. Shellem added a second-place 2:04.52 in the 200 back.
Junior Katie Edwards edged Fresno State's Dani Yoho for an overall victory in the 100 free, touching the final pad in 51.89. Edwards also placed second in the 200 individual medley with a 2:07.50 effort, and third in the 200 free at 1:52.85.
The Aggies bookended the meet with convincing wins in the two relays. The foursome of Hilary Hunt, Morgan Lee, Megan Leung and Haley Porter claimed the meet win in the 200 medley relay at 1:45.37 -- more than a full second ahead of UC Santa Barbara's 'A' squad. The team of Shellem, Porter, Hunt and Edwards closed the day with a winning 3:29.00 in the 400 free relay, outpacing the Gauchos by a 2:29 margin.
UC Davis swimming and diving has nearly a month to focus on its next event, the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Swimming and Diving Championships. With preparations for the season-ending meet already underway, Aggie swimmers will return to the water on Feb. 20, at East Los Angeles College in Monterey Park, Calif., for the inaugural events of the three-day meet.
UC Davis' divers will travel to the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colo., for their three-day championship event.
UC DAVIS WOMEN'S SWIMMING & DIVING AT FRESNO STATE w/UC SANTA BARBARA
UC Davis 180, UC Santa Barbara 120
UC Davis 195, Fresno State 105
Winners plus UC Davis finishers only.
WOMEN'S 200 MEDLEY RELAY- 1. UC Davis 'A' (Hunt, Lee, Leung, Porter), 1:45.37... 4. UC Davis 'B' (Damian, Alvarez, Stebbins, Cochrane), 1:48.17; 7. UC Davis 'C' (Liang, Benavidez, Paris, Troup), 1:54.49.
WOMEN'S 200 BACK - 1. Alex Madsen, FSU, 2:02.69... 2. Samantha Shellem, 2:04.52; 4. Hilary Hunt, 2:06.22; 6. Sabrina Cochrane, 2:07.92; 7. Sam Rados, 2:09.83; Exh. Joann Liang, 2:14.68; Jessica Nicholson, 2:15.14; Sarah Luibel, 2:15.22; Cara Silvas, 2:17.18.
WOMEN'S 200 IM - 1. Sophia Yamauchi, UCSB, 2:05.07... 2. Katie Edwards, 2:07.50; 5. Sabrina Cochrane, 2:09.50; 7. Sam Rados, 2:13.30; 10. Liliana Alvarez, 2:15.86; Exh. Grace Benefield, 2:14.39; Jessica Nicholson, 2:15.73; Caroline Weston, 2:20.36; Madeline Benavidez, 2:22.26.
WOMEN'S 400 FREE RELAY- 1. UC Davis 'A' (Shellem, Porter, Hunt, Edwards), 3:29.00... 6. UC Davis 'B' (Carey, Leung, Sprinsock, Bugbee), 3:40.63; 7. UC Davis 'C' (Winters, Silvas, Paris, Troup), 3:43.17.