Cheung selected for NCAA Championships

Junior HIlvy Cheung will compete at this year's NCAA Championships in Atlanta in mid-March. (Photo by Mark Honbo/UC Davis Athletics Communications)
March 4, 2016

Complete list of qualifiers: http://i.turner.ncaa.com/sites/default/files/images/2016/03/02/list_athletes_by_institution.pdf

DAVIS, Calif. -- For the second time in her UC Davis career, junior Hilvy Cheung will carry the Aggie banner into the NCAA women's swimming and diving championships, selected for this year's event hosted by Georgia Tech at the McAuley Aquatic Center in Atlanta on March 16-19.

"We are excited to represent our school and team at the meet," Associate Head Coach Pete Motekaitis said. "Hilvy's work during the year led her to making the cut line in both the 100 and 200 fly, an improvement over her first trip, where she only made the cut in the 200. We are focused on performing as well as possible in our lanes, with the goal of achieving the best times on the big stage."

Cheung qualified for both distances of her signature event, posting a school-record time of 52.73 in the 100 fly and a season-best time of 1:56.52 in the 200 fly, both coming at the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation championships in Southern California on Feb. 17-20. Her time in the 100 fly ranks 36th among those selected, while her time in the 200 fly stands 29th in the field.

"I was really excited to head that I made it back to the NCAAs this year after just missing out on a spot last year," Cheung said. "I was really excited to see myself drop so much time in my events, validating all the extra work that I've put in this year. Though it will only be me at the meet, I am really excited to represent UC Davis at the NCAA Championships and I know that I will be racing with my teammates cheering me on from back home."

The Fremont, Calif., native helped the Aggies regain the MPSF title in 2016, earning seven all-conference honors -- including defending her conference title in the 200 fly. It was the fourth conference title in six years for UC Davis, which won four individual titles, a relay crown, set four school records, and set seven NCAA "B" marks.

Adding to her MPSF Freshman of the Year honor, Cheung made her first trip to the NCAA Championships in 2014, competing in both butterfly distances in a meet held at the University of Minnesota. She finished 49th overall in the 100 fly with a time of 53.80 and posted her best finish in the 200 fly with a time of 1:58.57 to finish 37th overall.

A total of 322 participants (281 swimmers and 41 divers) will compete in the championships. Swimmers qualified for the championships by meeting the established minimum time for the events in which they entered. Divers will be determined by performances at the Zone Diving Championships to be held March 7-12.

ESPN3.com will stream the finals sessions on Friday and Saturday live. Wednesday's evening session, both of Thursday's sessions, and the morning sessions on Friday and Saturday, will be streamed live on NCAA.com. ESPNU will carry a two-hour broadcast via tape delay on March 29 at 4 p.m. PT, while live results will be available on NCAA.com.