UC Davis Returns To Pool With UNLV Winter Invitational

Yuka Kobayashi's second-place in the 200 IM was the Aggies' highest on Thursday. <br> (Mark Honbo, Media Relations)
 
Yuka Kobayashi's second-place in the 200 IM was the Aggies' highest on Thursday.
(Mark Honbo, Media Relations)
 

Dec. 19, 2003

LAS VEGAS, Nev. - Sophomore Yuka Kobayashi finished second in the 200-yard individual medley on Thursday while also swimming leadoff on the Aggies' third-place 400 medley relay, as the UC Davis women's swimming returned to action for the first time since Nov. 8 with competition at the UNLV Winter Invitational.

UC Davis had not competed since facing UC San Diego nearly six weeks ago. Freshman Hannah Watanabe also enjoyed a strong day, moving into the Aggies' career leaders list in two events.

The three-team invitational - which also featured UC Santa Barbara and the host Rebels - contested five events during Thursday's opening day. Kobayashi helped highlight the Aggies' day by finishing second in the 200 individual medley in 2 minutes, 8.91 seconds, leading five UC Davis swimmers in the top eight. Vanessa Sallee finished third in 2:09.24, Zahra Shahalayi was fifth, Watanabe was seventh and Michelle Jennings took eighth.

Watanabe was timed in 2:10.80 during the prelims, placing her sixth on the Aggies' career leaders list in the event. The freshman from Davis also won the third final of the 50 free in 24.26, the fourth-fastest time of the final rounds, jumping her to fourth on the Aggies' all-time list.

Kobayashi joined Watanabe on the third-place 400 medley team, which was timed in 3:58.06. Sallee and Jennings also swam on the squad.

Jennings' preliminary time of 5:06.99 in the 500 freestyle was a season-best and places her ninth all-time at UC Davis as well. She finished fifth in the event on Thursday, swimming 5:07.38 in the final. Jennings' time of 2:12.33 puts her 10th all-time at UC Davis. Jessica Weeks was fifth in the 50 free in 24.49 for another Aggie highlight.

 

 

Team scores were not available.

The invitational continues on Friday and Saturday.

UNLV Winter Invitational
Las Vegas, Nev.
Women's results (winner plus UCD finishers)

200 FREE RELAY - 1. UCSB, 1:35.85... 6. UC Davis A (Jessica Weeks, Hannah Watanabe, Vanessa Sallee, Yuka Kobayashi), 1:38.47; 7. UC Davis B (Zahra Shahalayi, Carlene Laurence, Abbey Cornell, Katie Griffin), 1:42.36... exh: UC Davis C (Liz Knight, Jelene Hackbarth, Kim Hills, Amy Mackey), 1:45.40; UC Davis D (Natalie Matveeva, Sara Morrell, Debbie Seiler, Laura Leppke), 1:45.49.

500 FREESTYLE - 1. Alyson Noble, UNLV, 4:55.29... 5. Michelle Jennings, 5:07.38 (5:06.99); 11, Rachelle Compton, 5:11.37; 14. Abbey Cornell, 5:15.98 (5:13.46); 18. Lisa Petersen, 5:19.67; 19. Debbie Seiler, 5:20.44; 23. Laura Leppke, 5:26.80 (5:25.56); 24. Sara Morrell, 5:30.53 (5:28.50); 26. Jelene Hackbarth, 5:31.63; 27. Carlene Laurence, 5:35.18.

200 INDIVIDUAL MEDLEY - 1. Shayna Burns, UNLV, 2:06.10... 2. Yuka Kobayashi, 2:08.91; 3. Vanessa Sallee, 2:09.24 (2:08.57); 5. Zahra Shahalayi, 2:10.98; 7. Hannah Watanabe, 2:13.80 (2:10.80); 8. Michelle Jennings, 2:16.32 (2:12.33); 11. Christy Doubay, 2:13.27; 14. Ashley Elgas, 2:14.68; 19. Rebecca Tukua, 2:16.44; 22. Cecilia Macchiavelli, 2:18.81; 24. Marty McCrimmon, 2:20.70 (2:19.20); 26. Natalie Matveeva, 2:20.52; 28. Jelene Hackbarth, 2:22.82; 29. Amy Mackey, 2:23.28; 30. Kim Hills, 2:23.48.

50 FREESTYLE - 1. Jennifer Lyes, UCSB, 23.03... 5. Jessica Weeks, 24.49; 17. Hannah Watanabe, 24.26; 20. Katie Griffin, 25.46; 22. Rachelle Compton, 25.84 (25.55); 23. Carlene Laurence, 25.87; 24. Abbey Cornell, 26.51 (26.06); 25. Liz Knight, 26.13; 26. (tie) Laura Leppke, 26.19; Sara Morrell, 26.19; 29. Debbie Seiler, 26.26; 30. Natalie Matveeva, 26.27; 31. Lisa Petersen, 26.30; 32. Christy Droubay, 26.39; 34. Alex Ricks, 26.80; 35. Cecilia Macchiavelli, 26.89; 36. Ashley Elgas, 27.01; 37. Marty McCrimmon, 27.28.

400 MEDLEY RELAY - 1. UCSB, 3:49.79... 3. UC Davis A (Yuka Kobayashi, Vanessa Sallee, Hannah Watanabe, Michelle Jennings), 3:58.06... 7. UC Davis B (Liz Knight, Zahra Shahalayi, Abbey Cornell, Rachelle Compton), 4:07.30.