Shellem Sets School Record At Mizzou

Samantha Shellem's 4:48.59 in the 500 freestyle now stands as the only school swimming record not achieved at a conference or national championship.
 
Samantha Shellem's 4:48.59 in the 500 freestyle now stands as the only school swimming record not achieved at a conference or national championship.
 

Nov. 29, 2012

Complete Results

COLUMBIA, Mo. - Junior Samantha Shellem shattered the UC Davis school 500-yard freestyle record with a winning time of four minutes, 48.59 seconds to highlight her team's action on Thursday's portion of the three-day Mizzou Invitational swimming and diving meet at Mizzou Aquatic Center. The mark bested the nearest competitor, Sonia Perez Arau of Florida International, by almost two full seconds; and surpassed the old standard of 4:52.29, set by Bridget Bugbee at the 2010 Big West Conference Championships.

Shellem was one of two Aggies in the 500 free final heat, as freshman Marissa Brown hit a personal-best 4:53.93. Brown's time moves her into fourth in school history, and represented a marked improvement from her eighth-best prelim time of 4:57.22. Bugbee and sophomore Marilyn Carey also broke the five-minute barrier in the event, posting times of 4:59.57 and 4:59.23, respectively. Carey becomes the 11th swimmer in school history to beat the five-minute mark, improving in her PR by better than three full seconds.

Junior Karley Troup improved from a 56.46 in the 100 fly prelim to a personal-record 55.76 to place ninth in the final. She moved from ninth to sixth in school history, just ahead of teammate Sara Ramos, who hit a PR of 55.88 in that event's morning ace. Sophomore Hilary Hunt also competed in the 100 fly prelims, improving on her previous lifetime best by more than a full second with a 56.26. She moves into eighth in the Aggie record book.

 

 

The 200 free relay team of Haley Porter, Katie Edwards, Megan Leung and Hunt finished seventh with a time of 1:34.72. That mark is the fastest by a UC Davis squad since the 2011 MPSF Championships, when Ashley Chandler, Lisa Bender, Katelyn Griffin and Heidi Kucera combined for a 1:33.81.

Other highlights included junior co-captain Sabrina Cochrane, who finished eighth in the 200 individual medley at 2:03.47. That time is her fastest in the event since she went 2:03.41 in the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation final back in 2011. Hunt had the Aggies' fastest time in the 50 free, as her 13th-place 23.54 beat her previous best by just one-hundredth of a second. Porter also broke the 24-second barrier for the first time this season, finishing three places behind Hunt with a 23.63. The 400 medley relay of Hunt, Liliana Alvarez, Troup and Porter concluded the day by finishing fourth in the meet with a 3:42.76.

The Mizzou Invitational continues through Saturday. Friday's women's events comprise the 400 IM, 200 free, 100 breast, 100 back, 200 medley relay and one-meter diving.

COLLEGIATE SWIMMING & DIVING: MIZZOU INVITATIONAL, DAY 1
Mizzou Aquatic Center
Women's events only.

Winners plus UC Davis competitors listed.

TEAM SCORES - 1. Missouri, 431; 2. Boise State, 263; 3. UNLV, 226.5; 4. UC Davis, 159; 5. Florida International, 126; 6. Drury, 98.5; 7. Saint Louis, 39; 8. Clemson, 11; 9. Lindenwood, 4.

WOMEN'S 200 FREESTYLE RELAY - 1. Mizzou `A', 1:29.66... 7. UC Davis `A' (Porter, Edwards, Leung, Hunt), 1:34.72; 10. UC Davis `B' (Cochrane, Bugbee, Damian, Lee), 1:36.18.

WOMEN'S 500 FREESTYLE - 1. Samantha Shellem, UC Davis, 4:48.59 [school record]... 4. Marissa Brown, 4:53.93; 14. Marilyn Carey, 4:59.23; 15. Bridget Bugbee, 4:59.57; 17. Grace Benefield, 5:01.15; 19. Sam Rados, 5:03.40; 20. Maya Sprinsock, 5:03.60; Sarah Winters, 5:05.87; 26. Karley Troup, 5:02.14; 43. Madeline Talt, 5:17.17.

WOMEN'S 100 BUTTERFLY - 1. Dani Barbiea, Mizzou, 52.91... 9. Karley Troup, 55.76; 10. Sara Ramos, 56.11 (55.88 in prelim); Megan Leung, 56.22 (56.07 in prelim); 16. Lauren Damian, 56.64; 36. Hilary Hunt, 56.26; 38. Haley Porter, 57.23; 48. Hailey Ferko, 59.64; 52. Madeline Benavidez, 1:00.37.

WOMEN'S 200 INDIVIDUAL MEDLEY - 1. Johanna Gustafsdottir, FIU, 1:59.44... 8. Sabrina Cochrane, 2:03.47; 21. Liliana Alvarez, 2:07.12; 29. Morgan Lee, 2:10.63 (2:08.38 in prelim); 30. Sara Ramos, 2:10.63 (2:05.75 in prelim); 33. Samantha Shellem, 2:06.71; 34. Marissa Brown, 2:07.56; 35. Katie Edwards, 2:07.62; 37. Maya Sprinsock, 2:10.21; 40. Sam Rados, 2:10.47; 42. Grace Benefield, 2:10.95; 43. Hailey Ferko, 2:11.01; 44. Sarah Luibel, 2:11.33; 48. Madeline Benavidez, 2:12.77; 57. Madeline Talt, 2:19.72.

WOMEN'S 50 FREESTYLE - 1. Cassie Cunningham, Mizzou, 22.67... 13. Hilary Hunt, 23.54; 16. Haley Porter, 23.63; 24. Morgan Lee, 24.24; 28. Katie Edwards, 24.35; 31. Megan Leung, 24.44; 32. Sabrina Cochrane, 24.45; 38. Lauren Damian, 24.62; 39. Bridget Bugbee, 24.93; 49. Marilyn Carey, 25.09; 56. Sarah Luibel, 25.73; 60. Madeline Benavidez, 25.97; 61. Sarah Winters, 25.99.

WOMEN'S 400 MEDLEY RELAY - 1. Missouri `A', 3:36.67... 4. UC Davis `A' (Hunt, Alvarez, Troup, Porter), 3:42.76; 11. UC Davis `B' (Damian, Lee, Ramos, Shellem), 3:49.49.

WOMEN'S 3-METER DIVING - 1. Loren Figueroa, Mizzou, 347.95... 16. Lucy Lafranchise, 220.05; 19. Audrey DeNeffe, 210.15; 21. Katie Gonsalves, 197.65; 23. Shannon Stewart, 180.70.