Aggies Face Fresno State, UCSB in Double-Dual

Morgan Lee, and four other senior swimmers and divers, will compete in their final dual meet of their college careers in Saturday afternoon's double-dual event. (Photo by Mark Honbo, Athletics Communications)

Jan. 25, 2013

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DAVIS, Calif. -

Saturday, Jan. 26 - at Fresno State/vs. UC Santa Barbara, 12 p.m. (S/D)
                          Fresno State Aquatics Center (Fresno, Calif.) 

Saturday, Jan. 19 - def. CSU Bakersfield 176-113
                          at Schaal Aquatics Center (Davis, Calif.)

Juniors Liliana Alvarez and Samantha Shellem plus freshman diver Hanna Tears each captured two individual event wins to lead UC Davis to a dominating 176-113 win over CSU Bakersfield in a women's collegiate swimming and diving dual meet at Schaal Aquatics Center last Saturday afternoon. Tears set the school record on the 1-meter board and qualified for the NCAA Zone Regionals in mid-March. 

Tears, a native of Trabuco Canyon, scored a 278.40 on the low board and a 292.35 on the 3-meter board. Both scores, along with teammate Lucy Lafranchise's 266.48 on 1-meter, were high enough to qualify for regionals.

Alvarez took down both breaststroke events, then dominated the field in the 200 breast to capture her third event victory of the day. Shellem scored the maximum nine points in the 1,650 freestyle with a time of 17:14.73, the fastest at Schaal Aquatics Center since Denver's Michele Lowry set the pool record of 17:07.82 in January 2006.

Junior Liliana Alvarez captured one relay and two individual events to help UC Davis earn a decisive victory over CSU Bakersfield last Saturday, Jan. 19,  in the Aggies' final home meet of the season, a performance that also helped her earn Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Swimmer of the Week accolades.

Alvarez took down both breaststroke events, with her time of one minute, 4.80 seconds edging teammate Morgan Lee in an Aggie sweep of the 100-yard race. She then dominated the field in the 200 breast at 2:22.57, finishing more than seven seconds faster than her nearest competitor.

Earning top points for UC Davis in its first race against the Roadrunners with a time of 1:46.38 in the 200 medley, Alvarez' name is now found on five of the top six times posted this season by Aggie swimmers in this event.

Alvarez is the second Aggie swimmer to receive recognition from the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation this season, junior freestyle swimmer Samantha Shellem received weekly conference honors on Nov. 7 and Dec. 5.

The Aggies honored five seniors who competed in their final home meet last Saturday vs. CSU Bakersfield at the Schaal Aquatics Center: Geneva Azevedo, Nicole Bahbout, Grace Benefield, Bridget Bugbee and Morgan Lee

Oddly, an additional would-be senior competed in the meet for CSUB. Jodi Hanson graduated from UC Davis last spring and now attends Bakersfield for her graduate work. However, she still had one more year of eligibility and opted to swim alongside her younger sister Taylor with the Roadrunners.

Due to a scheduling conflict at Campus Pool in Santa Barbara, Calif., UC Davis will only travel to Fresno State this weekend. As a compromise to the conflict, UC Santa Barbara will also travel to Fresno State on Saturday, Jan. 26, to face the Aggies in what is now a double-dual for UC Davis swimming and diving. Competition against the host Bulldogs and Mountain Pacific Sports Federation rival UC Santa Barbara Gauchos from the Fresno State Aquatics Center will start at 12 p.m. 

Hanna Tears, a native of Trabuco Canyon, scored a 278.40 on the low board against CSU Bakersfield to eclipse Erica Stricker's previous benchmark of 265.80, set in 2011 against Pacific. She followed with a 292.35 on the 3-meter board, narrowly missing Jamie Flynn's five-year-old record of 293.55. Both scores, along with teammate Lucy Lafranchise's 266.48 on 1-meter against the Roadrunners, were high enough to qualify for regionals.

Stanford senior Adam Jahn, son of UC Davis swimming and diving head coach Barbara Jahn, was selected 15th overall in last Tuesday's MLS Supplemental Draft by the San Jose Earthquakes. The 6-3 All-Pac-12 selection joined the Earthquakes in their preseason camp the following day. 

"I could tell he was grinning from ear-to-ear when I talked to him on the phone after he found out," said Jahn.  

"I think going down to the UCLA meet gave everyone a lot of confidence; I think my divers realized they could execute the same dives as anyone else from any of the other schools that competed (at the Bruin Diving Invite). They were loose and relaxed against Bakersfield."

"I am hoping my divers can continue their success this weekend against Fresno State and UC Santa Barbara. This is a good stepping stone for them prior to MPSFs (Championships), they know their competition against the Gauchos is important. They seem pumped up for this Saturday's meet."