Aggies Widen Lead With Alvarez Title, Cheung Record

Senior Liliana Alvarez became the first swimmer in MPSF history to win the same event four years in a row with her triumph in the 100 breaststroke on Friday night.
 
Senior Liliana Alvarez became the first swimmer in MPSF history to win the same event four years in a row with her triumph in the 100 breaststroke on Friday night.
 

Feb. 21, 2014

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MONTEREY PARK, Calif. -- UC Davis senior Liliana Alvarez won the 100 breaststroke for the fourth consecutive season while freshman Hilvy Cheung broke an eight-year-old school record in the 100 fly, helping the Aggies widen their lead after day three of the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Swimming and Diving Championships on Friday evening at East Los Angeles College in Monterey Park, Calif.

UC Davis, which led second-place UC Santa Barbara by just 11 points after day two, finished day three with 489 points, extending its advantage over second-place BYU (420.5) and the third-place Gauchos (420). Hawaii (318), Pacific (228), Cal Poly (225.5), San Diego (207), and Loyola Marymount (186), round out the standings.

Alvarez, the first swimmer in MPSF history to win the same event four years in a row, gave the Aggies their first individual champion of the weekend, as the senior touched in a time of 1:00.89 to beat UC Santa Barbara's Katie Records by almost a full second. It was the third time this year that Alvarez has bested the NCAA "B" mark in the event and her second-fastest time of the year, standing just five-tenths off the school record held by Heidi Kucera in 2009.

Cheung, UC Davis' only entry in the 100 fly, finished second in the event with a school-record time of 53.19, besting Yuka Kobayashi's mark of 54.20 set at the 2006 Big West Conference Championships by more than a second. The freshman improved on her NCAA "B" standard time of 54.35, swimming under the standard (54.49) for the third time this season. She also swam a season-best 55.36 to win the consolation final in the 100 back, a time that would have placed her fourth in the championship final.

Other Aggies also posted numerous season bests during day three, including Haley Porter in the 200 free, who posted the sixth-fastest time in school history in the event with her time of 1:49.25. Katie Edwards, who finished second with a time of 1:48.05, and Samantha Shellem, who was third with a time of 1:48.72, gave UC Davis three of the top five finishers in the event, while Kirsten Brand was eighth with a time of 1:51.65.

In the 400 IM, Marissa Brown (4:21.20), Lexy Troup (4:27.50), and Sam Rados (4:29.07), all finished among the top eight in the event, as Brown improved upon her third-best time in school history.

Maya Sprinsock, who finished seventh with a time of 1:03.37, posted a season-best time in the 100 breaststroke, while teammates Elise Roberts (1:04.01) and Caroline Weston (1:04.35) followed suit in the consolation final. In the 100 back, Sabrina Cochrane also posted a season-high with a time of 57.12 in the consolation final, while teammate Hilary Hunt finished eighth in the championship final with a time of 56.20.

The 400 medley relay team of Hunt, Alvarez, Cheung, and Haley Porter, also picked up valuable points, finishing second with a time of 3:41.23, trailing only UCSB's quartet of Allison Knight, Katie Records, Andrea Ward, and Sophia Yamauchi, who broke their own meet and pool record from a season ago with a time of 3:38.68.

On day two of the diving competition at the Rose Bowl Aquatics Center in Pasadena, Calif., Hawaii's Lauren Hall picked up an individual title in the 3-meter with a score of 341.15. The Aggies had a quartet of divers in the consolation final, led by Audrey DeNeffe, who won the consolation final with a score of 246.15 to finish ninth overall. Lucy Lafranchise (244.55) was 10th, Jennifer Meyer (233.70) was 12th, and Hanna Tears (232.70) was 13th, in the event.

The MPSF Championships conclude on Saturday (Feb. 22) at 10 a.m. with the prelims of the 200 back, 100 free, 200 breaststroke, 200 fly, 400 free relay, and 1650 free, as well as the platform diving finals at noon from Pasadena, Calif. The finals for the swimming events will begin at 6 p.m. with the awards ceremony to follow.

Live scoring for the final day is available at http://results.liveswim.net/bp/MPSF2014

Live video will also be available at http://takeitlive.tv/swimming/14tl010/

2014 MPSF CHAMPIONSHIPS
East Los Angeles College - Monterey Park, Calif.
Feb. 21, 2014

(Winners plus UC Davis student-athletes)

TEAM SCORES (after day three)
1. UC Davis - 489.0
2. BYU - 420.5
3. UC Santa Barbara - 420.0
4. Hawaii - 318.0
5. Pacific - 228.0
6. Cal Poly - 225.5
7. San Diego - 207.0
8. Loyola Marymount - 186.0

400 IM: 1. Allison Knight (UC Santa Barbara), 4:16.44; 5. Marissa Brown (UC Davis), 4:21.20; 7. Lexy Troup (UC Davis), 4:27.50; 8. Sam Rados (UC Davis), 4:29.07... Bonus (non-scoring) Final - 22. Cara Silvas (UC Davis), 4:36.54.

100 FLY: 1. Andrea Ward (UC Santa Barbara), 52.27; 2. Hilvy Cheung (UC Davis), 53.19.

200 FREE: 1. Jasmine Alkhaldi (Hawaii), 1:47.17; 2. Katie Edwards (UC Davis), 1:48.05; 3. Samantha Shellem (UC Davis), 1:48.72; 5. Haley Porter (UC Davis), 1:49.25; 8. Kirsten Brand (UC Davis), 1:51.65.

100 BREASTSTROKE: 1. Liliana Alvarez (UC Davis), 1:00.89; 7. Maya Sprinsock (UC Davis), 1:03.37... Consolation Final - 10. Elise Roberts (UC Davis), 1:04.01; 11. Caroline Weston (UC Davis), 1:04.35.

100 BACK: 1. Hailey Campbell (BYU), 53.20; 8. Hilary Hunt (UC Davis), 56.20... Consolation Final - 9. Hilvy Cheung (UC Davis), 55.36; 12. Sabrina Cochrane (UC Davis), 57.12.

400 MEDLEY RELAY: 1. UC Santa Barbara "A" (Knight, Records, Ward, Yamauchi), 3:38.68; 2. UC Davis "A" (Hunt, Alvarez, Cheung, Porter), 3:41.23

3-METER: 1. Lauren Hall (Hawaii), 341.15... Consolation Final: 9. Audrey DeNeffe (UC Davis), 246.15; 10. Lucy Lafranchise (UC Davis), 244.55; 12. Jennifer Meyer (UC Davis), 233.70; 13. Hanna Tears (UC Davis), 232.70.