March 19, 2011
AUSTIN, Texas - UC Davis freshman Liliana Alvarez completed her final event at the 2011 NCAA Division I Swimming and Diving Championships Saturday, finishing 45th overall in the 200 breaststroke with a time of 2:14.15.
Alvarez was 23rd overall in the 100 breaststroke on Friday, clocking in at 1:00.96 to finish only 0.46 seconds away from the consolation final.
The freshman becomes the second Aggie women's swimmer to advance to the national championship after Heidi Kucera did so in 2009. Alvarez concludes her debut season with UC Davis as the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Freshman of the Year after winning the individual titles in the 100 and 200 breaststroke and helping the 400 medley relay team to a conference title.
UC Davis finished the season ranked eighth nationally in the CollegeSwimming.com/CSCAA Mid-Major Poll while also receiving votes in the publication's Division I poll.
The Aggies dominated at the MPSF Swimming and Diving Championships as they never relinquished the lead en route to collecting the team title with 726 total points. During its championship run, UC Davis set six school records and 16 NCAA "B" Consideration Standard times.