Nov. 2, 2012
LOS ANGELES - Junior Liliana Alvarez won both breaststroke events while junior Samantha Shellem captured the 500 freestyle to highlight UC Davis swimming's first dual win at Spieker Aquatics Center Friday afternoon. The Aggies defeated visiting Washington State by a 139-119 margin and lost to host UCLA by a similar 136-119 score. The Bruins won both duals in the meet, crushing the Cougars, 150-97.
Alvarez won the 100 breast with a time of one minute, 3.71 seconds to defeat UCLA's Jessica Khojasteh by a margin of 0.44. She followed that with a victory in the 200 breast, hitting a season-best 2:20.14 - almost three full seconds faster than her nearest competitor, UCLA's Emily Weir (2:22.99).
Shellem cracked the five-minute barrier in the 500 freestyle, winning that event with a 4:58.04. Her time put her 10th in the school record book. Shellem, a 2012 Olympic Trials qualifier in two freestyle events, later placed second in the 400 individual medley at 4:27.87, moving her into eighth in Aggie history.
UC Davis also scored well in the 1,000 free, posting a 2-3 overall finish. Freshman Marissa Brown led the Aggies with a 10:14.99, breaking her previous best by more than two seconds; while sophomore Marilyn Carey finished second at 10:29.40. Brown moves into third in school history, becoming the first UC Davis swimmer to break the 10:15 plateau during an early-season meet.
Another transfer, Haley Porter, scored a close second in the 100 freestyle with a 51.94, 10th in school history and the first sub-52 mark for the young 2012-13 season. This performance was preceded by a 24.20 in the 50 free, good for fourth overall.
The Aggies also continued to post solid times in the relay events. The 200 medley foursome of Hilary Hunt, Alvarez, Megan Leung and Porter touched in 1:45.80 to open the day, while the 400 free relay squad of Katie Edwards, Hunt, Bridget Bugbee and Porter posted a second-place 3:30.27 in the meet finale.
Alvarez and the 400 free relay had the lone wins in the UC Davis-UCLA matchup. Shellem was a triple winner in the UC Davis-WSU pairing, claiming the 200 free (1:49.99) in addition to the 500 free and 400 IM. Porter's 100 free bested the Cougars' field, Leung had the best 200 fly time in the Aggie-Cougar dual, finishing in 2:08.58.
UC Davis continues double-dual action in Southern California on Saturday morning, this time at Loyola Marymount with San Diego. Meet time at Burns Aquatic Center is 9:30 a.m.
In other competition on Friday, the Aggie divers competed at the Trojan Invitational across town at USC. Lucy Lafranchise was the top UC Davis performer on 1-meter with a 235.40 in the prelim before going 212.25 to place ninth in the final. Audrey DeNeffe finished ninth overall on platform with her five-dive score of 166.30.
WOMEN'S COLLEGIATE SWIMMING: UC Davis at UCLA w/Washington State
Winners plus UC Davis athletes.
UCLA 136, UC Davis 119
UC Davis 139, Washington State 119
UCLA 150, Washington State 97.
200 MEDLEY RELAY - 1. UCLA `A' (Kinnear, Khojasteh, Christofferson, Murphy), 1:42.85... 4. UC Davis `A' (Hunt, Alvarez, Leung, Porter), 1:45.80; 6. UC Davis `B' (Liang, Lee, Ramos, Cochrane), 1:48.73; Exh. UC Davis `C' (Luibel, Ferko, Sprinsock, Benavidez), 1:53.08.
400 INDIVIDUAL MEDLEY - 1. Noelle Tarazona, UCLA, 4:23.14... 2. Samantha Shellem, 4:27.87; 4. Sabrina Cochrane, 4:33.72; 5. Marissa Brown, 4:37.52; 7. Grace Benefield, 4:41.95; Exh. Madeline Benavidez, 4:48.01.
400 FREESTYLE RELAY - 1. Washington State (Johansson, Bieleckaite, Bekker, Proulx), 3:26.85... 2. UC Davis `A' (Edwards, Hunt, Bugbee, Porter), 3:30.27; 5. UC Davis `B' (Leung, Lee, Ramos, Carey), 3:35.96.
WOMEN'S COLLEGIATE DIVING: Trojan Invitational
Winners plus UC Davis athletes.