UC Davis Reclaims MPSF Championship

Hilary Hunt (above), Samantha Shellem, Katie Edwards and Liliana Alvarez each scored second-place points in their respective events on the final day of the MPSF Championships Saturday. UC Davis took down the expanded conference with a winning total of 673.5.
(Wayne Tilcock, Davis Enterprise)

Feb. 23, 2013

Saturday Results | Complete Results (All Sessions)

MONTEREY PARK, Calif./USAFA, Colo. - UC Davis posted second-place finishes in four events plus the 400-yard freestyle relay to compile a winning total of 673.5 points at the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation swimming and diving championships, held jointly at East Los Angeles College in Monterey Park, Calif. and the U.S. Air Force Academy.

Additionally, Barbara Jahn earned MPSF Women's Coach of the Year for leading her program to its second team championship in the three-year history of the conference

The foursome of junior Samantha Shellem, junior Katie Edwards, junior Haley Porter and sophomore Hilary Hunt assembled a runner-up time of three minutes, 21.65 seconds in the final event of the meet. Shellem's leadoff split of 50.68 also represents an Aggie career best in the 100 free.

UC Davis had five scorers in the 1,650 freestyle to kick off the evening session. San Diego's Keenan Lineback edged Shellem by a mere eight hundredths of a second in that championship. Nonetheless, Shellem's time of 16:48.12 moved her into second in school history, while her 1,000 split of 10:04.98 broke freshman Marissa Brown's previous school record of 10:05.42.

Brown, who holds the Aggie benchmark in the 1,650, finished fifth overall at 17:01.74. Bridget Bugbee was sixth at 17:04.25, Grace Benefield placed ninth in 17:14.72, and Marilyn Carey took 10th overall with a 17:21.31 clocking. Overall, that crew represented 60 points in the team standings; the Aggies took a 44-point lead over BYU after that event.



Hunt hit an NCAA championships `B' qualifying mark with a school-record 1:58.82 in the 200 back prelims, then followed with a second-place 1:58.87 in the finals. Sabrina Cochrane and Sam Rados finished 1-2 in the consolation final for 16 more points. Cochrane hit a career-best 2:01.84 in the evening swim while Rados touched home in 2:02.43. Their previous bests had been 2:04.31 and 2:06.04, respectively, entering the conference championships.

The Aggies also accrued second-place points in the 100 free, with Edwards' PR of 50.08 leading the way. Porter went 50.81 in the finals to finish in a dead heat with UCSB's Katie Tomkinson. Edwards moved ahead of Porter for third in the UC Davis record book with that evening swim.

Junior Liliana Alvarez, who won her third straight 100 breast title on Friday night, finished second in the 200-yard version of the race. After going 2:15.39 in the morning prelim, she gave meet favorite Sophia Yamauchi chase in the final. Alvarez' time of 2:12.41 beat the NCAA `B' standards by more than three full seconds, and missed Yamauchi's winning time by a mere 0.12 seconds.

UC Davis also enjoyed its highest diving finish of the championships during the tower competition at Air Force. Hanna Tears became just the second Aggie to surpass the double-century mark on platform, scoring a 201.05 in the final. Lucy Lafranchise and Audrey DeNeffe each advanced to the consols, placing 10th (183.75) and 13th (172.95), respectively.

The Aggies won four individual conference titles during the four-day meet. The 800 free relay of Shellem, Edwards, Bugbee and Porter won its title on Wednesday, Shellem captured the 500 free on Thursday, then Edwards took the 200 free and Alvarez claimed the 100 breast championship on Friday.

Brigham Young finished second in the meet at 635.5 while first-year member Hawai'i placed third at 610. UC Santa Barbara (591.5), Cal Poly (374.5), San Diego (316), Pacific (242) and Loyola Marymount (217) rounded out the eight-team field.

East Los Angeles College • Women's events only
Winner plus UC Davis competitors.

TEAM SCORES - 1. UC Davis, 673.5; 2. Brigham Young, 635.5; 3. Hawai'i, 610; 4. UC Santa Barbara, 591.5; 5. Cal Poly, 374.5; 6. San Diego, 316; 7. Pacific, 242; 8. Loyola Marymount, 217.

1,650 FREESTYLE - 1. Keenan Lineback, USD, 16:39.04... 2. Samantha Shellem, 16:48.12; 5. Marissa Brown, 17:01.74; 6 Bridget Bugbee, 17:04.25; 9. Grace Benefield, 17:14.72; 10. Marilyn Carey, 17:21.31.

200 BACKSTROKE - 1. Hailey Campbell, BYU, 1:57.26... 2. Hilary Hunt, 1:58.87 (1:58.82 prelim); 9. Sabrina Cochrane, 2:01.84 (2:03.39 prelim); 10. Sam Rados, 2:02.43 (2:03.93 prelim); 16. Karley Troup, 2:05.99 (2:04.19 prelim); 25. Lauren Damian, 2:11.74.

100 FREESTYLE - 1. Jasmine Alkhaldi, UH, 49.65... 2. Katie Edwards, 50.08 (50.66 prelim); T5. Haley Porter, 50.81 (50.74 prelim).

200 BREASTSTROKE - 1. Sophia Yamauchi, UCSB, 2:12.29... 2. Liliana Alvarez, 2:12.41 (2:15.39 prelim); 10. Morgan Lee, 2:17.03 (2:19.21 prelim).

200 BUTTERFLY - 1. Rachel O'Brien, Cal Poly, 1:57.27... 5. Megan Leung, 2:02.27 (2:01.93 prelim); 11. Sam Rados, 2:04.55 (2:04.17 prelim); 13. Karley Troup, 2:04.93 (2:04.64 prelim).

400 FREESTYLE RELAY - 1. Hawai'i (Stover, Cote, Mustelin, Alkhaldi), 3:20.10... 2. UC Davis (Shellem, Edwards, Porter, Hunt), 3:21.65.

East Los Angeles College • Women's events only
Winner plus UC Davis competitors.

PLATFORM - 1. Aimee Harrison, Hawaii, 253.50... 5. Hanna Tears, 201.05 (197.85 prelim); 10. Lucy Lafranchise, 183.75 (156.80 prelim); 13. Audrey DeNeffe, 172.95 (167.55 prelim); 18. Shannon Stewart, 153.85.