March 5, 2014
DAVIS, Calif. -- UC Davis senior Liliana Alvarez and freshman Hilvy Cheung will carry the Aggies' banner into the University of Minnesota Aquatics Center later this month, invited to compete in the 2014 NCAA Division I Womens' Swimming and Diving Championships in Minneapolis on March 20-22.
Alvarez qualified for the NCAA Championships for the fourth-consecutive season, as her "B" standard time of 1:00.49 in the 100 breaststroke is the 33rd fastest among the field. A four-time Mountain Pacific Sports Federation champion in the event (the first swimmer in league history to do so in any event) and a first-team All-MPSF selection in both the 100 and 200 breaststroke this past season, Alvarez posted her best finish at the NCAA Championships as a freshman in 2011, finishing 23rd with a time of 1:00.96.
The senior from San Anselmo, Calif., also finished 36th in the 100 breaststroke as a sophomore in 2012, but missed out on a trip to Indianapolis as a junior for the 2013 championships after an injury following the MPSF Championships kept her out of the race.
She also finished 45th at the NCAA's in the 200 breaststroke as a freshman in 2011 with a time of 2:14.15 and 51st a year later in the event with a time of 2:16.38.
Cheung, the MPSF Freshman of the Year and a first-team all-conference honoree in both the 100 and 200 fly, qualifies for the NCAA Championships for the first time in her career, and will swim in both the 100 and 200 fly during the championships. Her school-record time of 1:56.14 in the 200 ranks her 25th among the field, while her school-record time of 53.19 in the 100 is the 47th fastest.
A total of 322 participants (281 swimmers and 41 divers) will compete in the championships. A complete list of all swimmers competing in the championships is available at USASwimming.org/NCAA. Selected divers will be announced on Sunday, March 16.
ESPN3.com will stream the finals sessions on Friday and Saturday live. Thursday's sessions, along with the morning sessions on Friday and Saturday, will be streamed live via GopherSports.com.