Aggies host UCSB, LMU in Search of Perfect Dual Year

Senior Liliana Alvarez is one of two Aggies to double-up wins four times this season.

Jan. 22, 2014

UC Santa Barbara at UC Davis
Friday, Jan. 24, 2014
1 p.m.
Davis, Calif. | Schaal Aquatics Center

Loyola Marymount at UC Davis
Sunday, Jan. 26, 2014
10 a.m.
Davis, Calif. | Schaal Aquatics Center

TAKE YOUR MARK: The regular season for the UC Davis women's swimming & diving team comes to a close this weekend as the Aggies, a perfect 7-0 in dual meets this season, host a pair of Mountain Pacific Sports Federation foes in the final two home meets of the year. UC Davis opens the weekend on Friday (Jan. 24) at 1 p.m., welcoming UC Santa Barbara to Northern California, while Loyola Marymount visits on "Senior Day" Sunday (Jan. 26) at 10 a.m. Both meets will be held at the Schaal Aquatics Center on campus.

SCOUTING THE GAUCHOS: UC Santa Barbara enters the weekend with a 7-1 record in dual meets this season, having opened the new year with wins over Nevada (119-82) and UNLV (148-114)… senior Andrea Ward won three events against the Rebels, taking home wins in the 100 (55.03) and 200 (2:03.02) butterfly as well as the 1000 free (10:19.48).

VERSUS UC SANTA BARBARA: UC Davis is 3-6 against UC Santa Barbara dating back to the 2004-05 season, but the Aggies triumphed in the last meeting in 2013 following six-straight wins in the series by the Gauchos… UC Davis posted a, 180-120, win over UCSB last season in a double dual at Fresno State… UC Santa Barbara's last win in the series came on Jan. 28, 2012, in a 159-141 victory in Davis.

SCOUTING THE LIONS: Loyola Marymount is 2-3 overall in dual meets this season and will meet Pacific and UC Santa Barbara in a double dual on Saturday (Jan. 25) before heading to Davis… in their last outing, the Lions finished third at their own Beach Cup, finishing behind Fresno State (711) and San Diego (671) while defeating Pepperdine (263)… prior to that, LMU lost both ends of a double dual against CSU Bakersfield (201-92) and UC San Diego (219-72)… Kjirsten Magnuson won a pair of events at the Beach Cup in the 100 back (57.90) and 100 free (52.06) while Hannah Calton was a winner in the 100 fly (57.31), Rachel Dekar won the 100 breaststroke (1:05.35), and Kristen Clarno took home first place in the 200 IM (2:07.04).

VERSUS LOYOLA MARYMOUNT: UC Davis has won four-straight against LMU since the 2010-11 season, including a, 151-111, victory in a double dual with San Diego in the Lions' home pool… the 111 points for the Lions in the last meeting were the most for LMU against the Aggies after being held to under 100 points in each of the first three meetings.

LOOKING AHEAD: This weekend's action will be the final tune-ups for the Aggies, who head to Southern California for the 2014 MPSF Swimming and Diving Championships on Feb. 19-22. UC Davis, the defending champion and winners of two of the last three conference titles, posted a score of 673.5 last season to regain its crown, won by BYU in 2012. The diving portion of the competition will be held at the Rose Bowl Aquatics Center in Pasadena, Calif., while the swimmers take to the pool for the third-straight season at East Los Angeles College in Monterey Park, Calif.

THE WEEK THAT WAS: Competing in a pair of road duals on back-to-back days, the Aggies mustered the energy to produce a pair of dominating performances, cruising past both Pacific (182-80) in their MPSF opener and adding a win over CSU Bakersfield (202-98) just 24 hours later. Competing in a dual on back-to-back days for the fifth-consecutive season, UC Davis combined to win 24 of the 30 events on the weekend, improving to 14-7 on such weekends and 8-2 in its last 10 such situations.

PERFECTION HELPS CHEUNG TO MPSF WEEKLY HONORS: UC Davis freshman Hilvy Cheung was named the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation/Turbo Female Athlete of the Week on Wednesday after her perfect weekend helped the Aggies to a pair of dual meet wins over Pacific and CSU Bakersfield. It is the first career award for Cheung, who becomes the second Aggie to be so honored by the conference this season, joining teammate Liliana Alvarez and her award on Nov. 27. Cheung did her best to one-up herself following a pair of Schaal Aquatic Center records against Fresno State on Jan. 11, swimming a perfect 8-for-8 in her events at Pacific and Bakersfield, taking home six individual titles and a pair of relay wins to help lead the Aggies to a pair of team victories. Cheung opened the weekend with titles in the 100 fly (55.90), 200 fly (2:00.93), and 200 IM (2:05.41), while also swimming the third leg of the winning 200 medley relay team, which touched in a time of 1:45.09. The following day against the Roadrunners, Cheung picked up right where she left off, again doubling in the 100 (55.75) and 200 fly (2:07.05) while also winning the 100 back (57.01). The freshman kicked off the day by helping UC Davis to a win in the 200 medley relay, once again, joining teammates Hilary Hunt, Liliana Alvarez, and Haley Porter, for a time of 1:45.56 -- more than three seconds faster than Bakersfield's runner-up quartet.

SHE'S SO FLY: With her performances over the weekend, Cheung now owns the top nine times in the 100 fly by a UC Davis swimmer this season and the top eight in the 200 fly -- including NCAA "B" standards in both distances. Since finishing second in both distances to San Jose State's Ashlyn Acosta in the first dual of the season on Oct. 26, Cheung has rattled off five consecutive wins both distances (a streak that grows to six-straight in the 200 when you include her win at the Mizzou Invitational).

HOW SWEEP IT IS: Nothing but blue and gold on the podium for the Aggies as of late, as UC Davis has swept the top three spots in an event 11 times (out of 30 total events - Need FS total) in the new year: three times against Fresno State (100 back, 100 breast, 50 free), four more times at Pacific (100 breast, 200 fly, 100 fly, and 200 IM), and four times at Bakersfield (500 free, 400 IM, 200 breast, 3-meter).

THE (LA)FRANCHISE: Sophomore diver Lucy Lafranchise was one of four multiple event-winners for the Aggies last Sunday at Bakersfield, following up a solid showing at the Bruin Diving Invitational with a pair of wins on the 1- and 3-meter boards against the Roadrunners. Lafranchise, who reached the finals of the 1-meter in Los Angeles before finishing 14th, scored a 246.85 to edge out Bakersfield's Carlee Burks (245.05) -- the reigning Western Athletic Conference Diver of the Week -- on the low board, and added a season-high 253.80 on the 3-meter to lead an Aggie sweep of the event.

WELCOME BACK HANNA: In her first competition since suffering an injury early in the season, sophomore Hanna Tears returned to the Aggies' lineup in the 1-meter at Bakersfield last weekend, finishing fifth with a score of 234.55. Tears, who hadn't competed since scoring a season-high 266.10 in a double dual against San Diego and Oregon State on Nov. 2 (the second-highest score by an Aggie this season behind Lafranchise's 271.27 in the same meet), is the Aggies' school record-holder in the 1-meter (278.40 in 2013) and holds the best score by a UC Davis diver on the 3-meter this season with a 292.65 against San Jose State on Oct. 26 (which stands less than a point off Jamie Flynn's 2008 record of 293.55).

#WINNING: Eight Aggies have made winning a habit, combining for 16 individual event wins in five dual meets this season. Senior Liliana Alvarez and freshman Hilvy Cheung have doubled up four times apiece (including each of the five dual's for Cheung), junior Hilary Hunt and sophomore Marissa Brown have accomplished the feat three times, while senior Haley Porter has done it twice. Also joining the group of double winners in 2013-14 are sophomore diver Lucy Lafranchise (at Bakersfield), junior Samantha Shellem (at San Jose State), senior Sabrina Cochrane (vs. Fresno State), and sophomore diver Hanna Tears (at San Jose State).

Name(s) - Event (Time, Event, Date)
Hilary Hunt - 100 Backstroke (53.68, Mizzou Invitational, Nov. 22, 2013)
Hilary Hunt - 200 Backstroke (1:57.96, Mizzou Invitational, Nov. 23, 2013)
Liliana Alvarez - 100 Breaststroke (1:00.49, Mizzou Invitational, Nov. 22, 2013)
Liliana Alvarez - 200 Breaststroke (2:13.22, Mizzou Invitational, Nov. 23, 2013)
Katie Edwards, Haley Porter, Samantha Shellem, Hilary Hunt - 400 free relay (3:21.86, Mizzou Invitational, Nov. 23, 2013)
Hilary Hunt, Liliana Alvarez, Hilvy Cheung, Haley Porter - 200 medley relay (1:41.18, Mizzou Invitational, Nov. 22, 2013)
Hilary Hunt, Liliana Alvarez, Hilvy Cheung, Haley Porter - 400 medley relay (3:38.47, Mizzou Invitational, Nov. 21, 2013)

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)
Hannah 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 (201.65/Hannah Tears, 201.95, 2013)

Name - Event (Time/Previous Record Holder, Time, Year)
Hilvy Cheung - 100 butterfly (55.18/Katie Ure, UC Santa Barbara, 56.28, 2010)
Hilvy Cheung - 200 butterfly (2:02.08/Lyndsey DePaul, UC Irvine, 2:02.82, 2007)