Aggies Out to Defend MPSF Championship This Week

Defending MPSF champion in the 500 free Samantha Shellem, and the Aggies, head to Southern California this week for the 2014 MPSF Championships in Monterey Park and Pasadena, Calif.

Feb. 18, 2014

UC Davis at 2014 MPSF Swimming & Diving Championships
Feb. 19-22, 2014
Monterey Park, Calif. | East Los Angeles College (Swimming)
Pasadena, Calif. | Rose Bowl Aquatics Center (Diving)

Meet Coverage: Live Scoring | Live Video | "Meet Mobile" app

TAKE YOUR MARKS: After enduring a layoff of nearly a month, the UC Davis women's swimming and diving team finally returns to the pool this week, out to defend its title at the fourth-annual Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Championships from Feb. 19-22 in Southern California. The swimming portion begins on Wednesday (Feb. 19) at East Los Angeles College in Monterey Park, Calif., while the diving competition begins on Thursday (Feb. 20) at the Rose Bowl Aquatics Center in Pasadena, Calif.

SCHEDULE OF EVENTS: The schedule for this weekend's championships is as follows. Only women's events are listed. For more information on the championships, including directions to the event, ticket prices, and a complete schedule, please visit the MPSF website at

Wednesday, Feb. 19
6:00 p.m. - 200 medley relay finals, 800 free relay finals

Thursday, Feb. 20
10:30 a.m. - 500 free prelims, 200 IM prelims, 50 free prelims
11:00 a.m. - 1 meter prelims
1:30 p.m. - 1 meter finals
2:15 p.m. - 1 meter consolation
6:00 p.m. - 500 free finals, 200 IM finals, 50 free finals, 200 free relay finals

Friday, Feb. 21
10:30 a.m. - 400 IM prelims, 100 fly prelims, 200 free prelims, 100 breast prelims, 100 back prelims
11 a.m. - 3 meter prelims
12:45 p.m. - 3 meter finals
2:15 p.m. - 3 meter consolation
6:00 p.m. - 400 IM finals, 100 fly finals, 200 free finals, 100 breast finals, 100 back finals, 400 medley relay finals



Saturday, Feb. 22
10:30 a.m. - 200 back prelims, 100 free prelims, 200 breast prelims, 200 fly prelims
Noon - Platform finals
6:00 p.m. - 1650 free finals, 200 back finals, 100 free finals, 200 breast finals, 200 fly finals, 400 free relay finals

"WATCH" IT LIVE: Live scoring for this weekend's championships will be available at the following link:

Fans on the go can also follow along with the championships on their mobile devices via the free "Meet Mobile" app available for free through the iTunes App Store or Google Play by following the following link:

Live video will also be available at the following link:

DE-FENSE! DE-FENSE!: The Aggies will go in search of their third MPSF title in four seasons this weekend, defending their crown after scoring 673.5 points to top BYU at the 2013 championships. UC Davis opened with school and meet records (7:14.45) in the 800 free relay win while Samantha Shellem (500 free, 4:45.60 - meet record), Katie Edwards (200 free, 1:47.11 - meet record), and Liliana Alvarez (100 breast, 1:01.25), took home individual titles in their respective events.

A QUICK LOOK BACK AT 2014: UC Davis completed the first perfect dual season in school history on Jan. 26 as seven different Aggies took home individual titles as part of a 178-116 win over Loyola Marymount at Schaal Aquatics Center, finishing an unblemished 9-0 on the season. Sic different UC Davis swimmers and divers met NCAA minimums for the championships in March while five different student-athletes set new school standards during the year.

THAT'S QUITE A STREAK YOU'VE GOT THERE: Thanks to their perfect 9-0 dual campaign in 2013-14, the Aggies have won 16 straight -- and 17 of the their last 18 -- dual meets dating back to a split against UCLA (L, 135-119) and Washington State (139-119) on Nov. 2, 2012, in Los Angeles.

AND PORTER MAKES THREE: Senior Haley Porter was named the MPSF/Turbo Female Athlete of the Week following the Aggies' final competition of the regular season on Jan. 29, winning both freestyle events and participating in a pair of relays to help UC Davis defeat UC Santa Barbara while winning 100 free and and swimming the anchor leg of the 200 medley relay against LMU two days later. Porter's award gives UC Davis three this season along with teammates Liliana Alvarez (Nov. 27) and Hilvy Cheung (Jan. 22).

HOW SWEEP IT IS: Nothing but blue and gold and the podium for the Aggies as of late, as UC Davis has swept the top three spots in an event 17 times 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), four times at Bakersfield (500 free, 400 IM, 200 breast, and 3-meter), three times against UC Santa Barbara (200 free, 1-meter, and 500 free), and three times against LMU (100 back, 1-meter, 3-meter).

#WINNING: Nine Aggies have made winning a habit, combining for 24 individual event wins over the team's final seven dual meets this season. Senior Liliana Alvarez leads the way with five doubles, freshman Hilvy Cheung and sophomore Marissa Brown have accomplished the feat four times, while junior Hilary Hunt and senior Haley Porter have doubled-up three times. Also joining the group of double winners in 2013-14 are sophomore diver Audrey DeNeffe (twice), diver Lucy Lafranchise (at Bakersfield), junior Samantha Shellem (at San Jose State), senior Sabrina Cochrane (vs. Fresno State), diver Hanna Tears (at San Jose State), and senior Maya Sprinsock (vs. LMU). 

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)
Audrey DeNeffe - Platform (387.20, Bruin Diving Invitational, Jan. 12, 2014)

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)