Busy Weekend for Aggies at Pacific and Bakersfield

Coming off a record-setting weekend in the pool against Fresno State last weekend, freshman Hilvy Cheung and the Aggies take on Pacific and Bakersfield in dual meet action this weekend.

Jan. 17, 2014

UC Davis at Pacific (Swimmers Only)
Saturday, Jan. 18, 2014
Stockton, Calif. | Chris Kjeldsen Pool Complex

UC Davis at CSU Bakersfield (Swimmers & Divers)
Sunday, Jan. 19, 2014
1 p.m.
Bakersfield, Calif. | Hillman Aquatics Complex

TAKE YOUR MARK: The UC Davis women's swimming and diving team puts its unbeaten 5-0 dual meet record on the line with a pair of contests this weekend, as the swimmers head south to face Pacific in a Mountain Pacific Sports Federation clash on Saturday (Jan. 18) at Noon, before joining the divers to close out the weekend at CSU Bakersfield on Sunday (Jan. 19) at 1 p.m.

SCOUTING THE TIGERS: Pacific enters the weekend with a 2-2 dual meet record, competing for the first time since the Arena Invitational in November… the Tigers have posted victories over Bakersfield (143-119) and UC Santa Cruz (212-72) while falling to Nevada (135-70) and Fresno State (163-131)… freshman Margaux Verger Gourson holds the fastest times in the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation in the 1000 free (10:03.63) and 1650 free (16:36.47) thus far this season.

VERSUS PACIFIC: UC Davis has won its last four duals with Pacific, including a, 176.5-106.5, victory last season at the Schaal Aquatics Center… the Tigers' last dual win in the series came during the 2008-09 season when Pacific squeaked out a, 132-130, victory in Stockton, Calif.

SCOUTING THE ROADRUNNERS: Bakersfield has had a busy season thus far, posting an 8-2 record in dual meets and has already faced five teams since ringing in the New Year, falling to San Jose State on Jan. 3 before reeling off four consecutive victories over Fresno State, Alaska-Fairbanks, Loyola Marymount, and UC San Diego, heading into this weekend's meet with the Aggies… last weekend, Michaela Paige won both the 100 free (52.58) and 200 fly (2:03.93) in a quad meet with Alaska-Fairbanks, LMU, and UCSD, as well as swimming the lead-off leg of the 400 free relay… Delise Batiza joined her as a double-winner in the 500 (5:01.00) and 1000 free (10:29.63)… on the boards, Carlee Burks was named the Western Athletic Conference Diver of the Week for the third-consecutive week on Tuesday, winning both the 1-meter and 3-meter events in a quad meet with Alaska-Fairbanks, LMU, and UCSD, scoring a 256.46 and 251.55, respectively.



VERSUS BAKERSFIELD: Dating back to the 2003-04 campaign, UC Davis has won all 10 dual meets with CSU Bakersfield, including a, 176-113, win last season at home… in the Aggies' last trip to Bakersfield, they posted a 173-114 victory over the Roadrunners during the 2011-12 campaign.

"LET'S SWIM TWO": This weekend will mark the fifth-straight year that the Aggies will compete in back-to-back dual meets dating back to the 2009-10 campaign, looking to improve on a 12-7 record in those contests during that stretch. Over the last two seasons, UC Davis has competed in a pair of double duals on the road during the fall, but emerged with a solid 6-2 mark over those eight contests, posting wins over Washington State, LMU (twice), San Diego (twice), and Colorado State, while falling to UCLA and San Diego State.

THE WEEK THAT WAS: In the team's first competition since the end of November, freshman Hilvy Cheung set pool records in both butterfly events and was one of five double event-winners for UC Davis, which defeated Fresno State by a 140-111 final at Schaal Aquatics Center on Jan. 11. Senior Haley Porter (50 & 100 free), senior Liliana Alvarez (100 & 200 breaststroke), senior Sabrina Cochrane (200 free & 200 IM), and sophomore Marissa Brown (500 & 1000 free), also added a pair of wins on the day as the Aggies jumped out to a big lead and exhibitioned their swimmers over the final four events.

MEANWHILE, IN SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA…: While their swimming counterparts were posting a win over Fresno State, the UC Davis diving team sent a quintet of competitors to the three-day Bruin Diving Invitational in Los Angeles. Sophomores Lucy Lafranchise and Audrey DeNeffe each made the finals in the 1-meter, finishing 14th (445.75) and 18th (420.65), respectively, while DeNeffe bookended the weekend with a 12th-place finish on the platform (387.20) to close out the competition. Junior Shannon Stewart and senior Jen Meyer each posted top-25 finishes in the prelims of the 1-meter, finishing 20th and 23rd, respectively, while senior Lauren Jesse finished 29th in the prelims of both the 1-meter and platform.

RECORDS ON THE FLY: As previously hinted at, UC Davis' win over Fresno State last weekend was punctuated by Cheung's record-setting day in which the freshman posted Schaal Aquatics Center marks in both the 100 and 200 fly. She opened her day with a time of 2:02.08 in the 200 fly to eclipse the old benchmark set by UC Irvine's Lyndsey DePaul in 2007 by eight-tenths of a second and easily out-touch the Bulldogs' runner-up finish of Lindsay Ruiz, who finished eight seconds back with a time of 2:10.49. Cheung finished off her day by completing the double with a time of 55:18 in the 100 fly, bettering the mark set in 2010 by UC Santa Barbara's Katie Ure (56.28) by more than a full second. Cheung enters the week holding the top seven times by an Aggie in both the 100 and 200 butterfly this season and ranks second in the MPSF in both distances with her times of 54.35 in the 100 and 1:57.60 in the 200 -- both meeting NCAA "B" standards. UC Santa Barbara's Andrea Ward holds the top time in both distances in the conference this season with a time of 51.76 in 100 and a 1:56.11 in the 200 set on Dec. 5.

CROWDED PODIUM: The Aggies' win over Fresno State was punctuated by a trio of 1-2-3 finishes by the home team. Junior Hilary Hunt led the way in the 100 back with a time of 57.15, following by teammates Cheung (57.50), and Samantha Shellem (58.85). Alvarez paced the field in the 100 breaststroke (1:04.70) followed by Hailey Ferko (1:06.69) and Katie Edwards (1:06.85), while Haley Porter won the 50 free (24.19), followed by teammates Sabrina Cochrane (24.37) and Hunt (24.49).

BACK IN THE HUNT: Or is it Hunt in the back? Either way, junior Hilary Hunt has been dominate in both the 100 and 200 backstroke this season, winning every dual meet competition in the 100 back and four of the five in the 200 back (she was not entered in the event last weekend against Fresno State). Hunt owns four of the top-six times in the 100 back this season, including her school-record 53.68 set at the Mizzou Invitational on Nov. 22, and six of the top-10 times in the 200 back, including another school record (1:57.96) in that event.

#WINNING: Eight Aggies have made winning a habit, combining for 16 individual event wins in five dual meets this season. Junior Hilary Hunt, senior Liliana Alvarez, and freshman Hilvy Cheung, have doubled up three times apiece (including Cheung who has accomplished the feat in each of the team's last three dual meets), while sophomore Marissa Brown and senior Haley Porter have done it twice. Also joining the group: junior Samantha Shellem (vs. San Jose State), senior Sabrina Cochrane (vs. Fresno State), and sophomore diver Hannah Tears (vs. San Jose State).

LOOKING AHEAD: The Aggies close out the regular season with a pair of home meets at the end of January, hosting MPSF rivals UC Santa Barbara (Jan. 24, 1 p.m.) and Loyola Marymount (Jan. 26, 10 a.m.) at the Schaal Aquatics Center. The two duals are the final tune up before UC Davis defends its title at the 2014 MPSF Championships on Feb. 19-22 at East Los Angeles College (swimming) in Monterey Park, Calif., and the Rose Bowl Aquatics Center (diving) in Pasadena, Calif.

Name - Event (Time/NCAA Qualifying Minimum)
Hilvy Cheung - 100 butterfly (54.35/54.49)
Hilvy Cheung - 200 butterfly (1:57.60/1:59.59)
Hilary Hunt - 100 backstroke (53.68/55.09)
Hilary Hunt - 200 backstroke (1:57.96/1:59.19)
Liliana Alvarez - 100 breaststroke (1:00.49/1:02.49)
Liliana Alvarez - 200 breaststroke (2:13.22/2:15.99)
Katie Edwards - 100 breaststroke (1:02.32/1:02.49)
Lucy Lafranchise - 1-meter (271.27/265.00)
Hanna Tears - 3-meter (292.65/280.00)

Name - Event (Time/Previous Record Holder, Time, Year)
Hilvy Cheung - 200 butterfly (1:57.60/Yuka Kobayashi, 1:58.62, 2006)
Hilary Hunt - 100 backstroke (53.68/Ashley Chandler, 54.03, 2010)
Hilary Hunt - 200 backstroke (1:57.96/Yuka Kobayashi, 1:59.52, 2005)
• Hunt, Alvarez, Cheung, Haley Porter - 400 Medley Relay (3:38.47/Ashley Chandler-Alvarez-Kayleigh Foley-Linda Hermann, 3:39.48, 2011)
Audrey DeNeffe - Platform (210.65/Hanna Tears, 201.95, 2013)