Swimmers Return to Action Against Pacific

Freshman Marissa Brown was one of four swimmers and divers who set a new school record in the Aggies' previous meet, the Mizzou Invite, last December.

Jan. 9, 2013

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Friday, Jan. 11 - Bruin Diving Invitational, Speiker Aquatics Center (Los Angeles, Calif.) - All Day (D)
Saturday, Jan. 12 - Bruin Diving Invitational, Speiker Aquatics Center (Los Angeles, Calif.) - All Day (D)

Saturday, Jan. 12 - vs. Pacific, Schaal Aquatics Center (Davis, Calif.) - 12 p.m. (S)

Idle since Dec. 2

Freshman Marissa Brown and sophomore Hilary Hunt broke school records in the 1,650-yard freestyle and 200-yard backstroke,respectively, to cap UC Davis' visit at the Mizzou Invitational collegiate swimming and diving meet at Mizzou Aquatic Center on Dec. 1, 2012. In all, three swimming and one diving records were set throughout the three-day event. In addition to Brown and Hunt, Samantha Shellem went 4:48.59 in the 500-yard free during the first day of competition to set the first of four new school records.

The Aggies finished third out of the nine teams that participated in this meet with 575.5 points.

Brown posted a time of 16 minutes, 44.83 seconds in her debut in the 1,650 free, shattering teammate Cara Silvas' UC Davis record of 16:55.96 from last year's Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Championships. Then in the very next women's race, Hunt became just the third Aggie to break the two-minute barrier in the 200-yard back. Her 1:58.99 surpassed the 2005 benchmark of 1:59.52 set by recent Cal Aggie Athletics Hall of Fame inductee Yuka Kobayashi. Hunt also hit `B' qualifying standards to the NCAA championship meet next spring.

Two additional swimmers recorded `B' qualifying times in Columbia, Mo.; juniors Liliana Alvarez and Shellem posted times of 1:00.91 in the 100-yard breaststroke and 1:49.47 in the 200-yard free respectively.

Among the divers, freshman Audrey DeNeffe was the lone Aggie to advance to the platform finals. She finished second with a 210.05 score, breaking another UC Davis benchmark.

Aggie swim will compete in its first meet since the Mizzou Invite last December against the Pacific Tigers at the Schaal Aquatic Center Saturday afternoon starting at 12 p.m. This is the first of consecutive home meets as UC Davis will wrap-up its home schedule on Saturday, Jan. 19, vs. CSU Bakersfield.

Since the Tigers do not possess a diving team, UC Davis divers will travel to Los Angeles to compete in the Bruin Diving Invitational at Spieker Aquatic Center on the one-meter, three-meter and platform events. Aggie divers will also compete in all three events at the MPSF Championships.

The Tigers ended their layoff on Saturday, Jan. 5, against Stanford, falling to the Cardinal by a score of 147-104. On the season, Pacific is 3-2in dual meets, picking up wins against Nevada (138-124), UC Santa Cruz (189-69) and Fresno Pacific (153-104). The Tigers' other defeat took place against the Aggies' next opponent, CSU Bakersfield; Pacific fell to the Roadrunners in its dual by a 156-132 margin.

UC Davis junior Samantha Shellem picked up her second Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Female Athlete of the Week award for 2012-13, it was announced by the league office. The La Verne, Calif. native won the first such honor of the season back on November 7, then snared her second after the final weekend of the fall schedule.

After its impressive performance at the Mizzou Invite last December, the UC Davis swimming and diving team jumped two spots and is now No. 8 in the newest top-25 mid-major rankings released by CollegeSwimming.com. The Aggies are the highest-ranked team out of the four Mountain Pacific Sports Federation schools on CollegeSwimming's latest list, one that also includes Hawai'i (No. 9), UC Santa Barbara (No. 12) and Cal Poly (No. 24). The top-25 list is the second one organized by CollegeSwimming.com this season, UC Davis found itself ranked No. 10 in the site's inaugural listing released last November.

"This Saturday's event is the beginning of our championship run. We will find out what we need to fine tune; this will be a good starting point as we have a lot of good history against Pacific. We hope to make a good show and save a fantastic finish for the MPSF Championships."

"We love competing at Schaal in front of the people that come to support us. We would love to have additional home events because we enjoy competing inside this fine facility."

"This will be a pivotal weekend for our divers competing at the UCLA invite; they are competing on the platform for the second time this season. This gives our divers another chance to compete on the one-meter, three-meter and platform before the MPSF Championships."