April 4, 2013
DAVIS, Calif. - Another Mountain Pacific Sports Federation crown, four event titles, spots earned at the NCAA Swimming and Diving Championships, numerous NCAA 'B' consideration times, 16 First Team and 28 Second Team all-conference awards highlight another successful season for UC Davis' swimming and diving team.
THIRD TIME'S THE CHARM FOR ALVAREZ
For the third straight season, Liliana Alvarez earned a spot in the season-ending NCAA Swimming and Diving Championships. The junior breaststroker will compete in the 100 and 200 breaststroke. This is Alvarez's third straight trip to the NCAA Championships; in the 2010-11 event, Alvarez Finished 23rd in the 100 breast at 1:00.96, falling less than half a second shy of earning a spot at in the consolation finals, then took 45th in 200 breast (2:14.15).
Freshmen Lucy Lafranchise and Hanna Tears returned to the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado, Springs, Colo., site of the MPSF Diving Championships to compete in the NCAA Zone E Diving Regionals. Taking place at the Cadet Natatorium, the three-day event ran from Thursday, March 14, to Saturday, March 16, and saw the pair compete on the 1-meter, 3-meter, and platform events. Lafranchise earned respective scores of 225.65 (No. 39), 202.20 (No. 48) and 163.85 (No. 49) while Tears posted marks of 188.00 (No. 49), 205.15 (No. 47) and 185.40 (No. 27).
UC DAVIS EARNS SECOND MPSF CHAMPIONSHIP
UC Davis posted a winning total of 673.5 points at the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation swimming and diving championships, held jointly at East Los Angeles College in Monterey Park, Calif., and the U.S. Air Force Academy. The title is the Aggies' second since joining the MPSF.
The Aggies won four individual conference titles during the four-day meet. The 800 free relay of Samantha Shellem, Katie Edwards, Bridget Bugbee and Haley Porter won its title on Wednesday, Shellem
captured the 500 free on Thursday, then Edwards took the 200 free and Liliana Alvarez claimed the 100 breast championship on Friday.
Brigham Young finished second in the meet at 635.5 while first-year member Hawai'i placed third at 610. UC Santa Barbara (591.5), Cal Poly (374.5), San Diego (316), Pacific (242) and Loyola Marymount (217) rounded out the eight-team field.
COACH JAHN REPEATS AS WELL
UC Davis swimming and diving head coach Barbara Jahn earned MPSF Women's Coach of the Year for leading her program to its second team championship in the three-year history of the conference. This is the second time Jahn was named Coach of the Year, also winning it after the Aggies captured the 2011 conference title.
KEEP `EM COMING
Capturing its second Mountain Pacific Sports Federation championship in the last three years, UC Davis swimming and diving also earned numerous individual accolades due to its performance at the MPSF Championships. In addition to head coach Barbara Jahn receiving the MPSF Swim Coach of the Year award for the second time in the last three seasons, four event titles - the 800 Free Relay, Samantha Shellem in the 500 Free, Katie Edwards in the 200 Free and Liliana Alvarez in the 100 Breast - and seven NCAA `B' consideration times, 16 First Team and 28 Second Team spots on the MPSF All-Conference Teams were claimed by Aggie swimmers and divers.
Led by Shellem (800 Free Relay, 200, 500 and 1650 Free) and Edwards (800 Free Relay, 200 IM, 100 and 200 Free), with four each, eight different swimmers received First Team recognition. Included on this list is Alvarez (100 and 200 Breast), Bridget Bugbee (800 Free Relay), Marissa Brown (500 Free), Hilary Hunt (100 and 200 Back), Morgan Lee (100 Breast) and Haley Porter (800 Free Relay).
By winning her third straight 100 Breast championship, Alvarez has now earned first team honors in all three of her seasons as an Aggie.
Porter and Hunt also earned a team-high five Second Team spots and are two of 12 UC Davis swimmers and divers to earn league honors.
The first three swimmers in each individual event at the MPSF Championships are named to the first team, with the following five swimmers added to the second team. For relay events, the fastest squad receives first team recognition with the subsequent two groups earning second team honors.
AGGIES END SEASON AS A TOP-10 TEAM
UC Davis swimming and diving ended the season ranked No. 10 in CollegeSwimming.com's national Mid-Major Poll as released on March 19, the outlet's final listing of the year.
Accounted for in the most recent rankings are team performances following their respective conference meets; for the second time in three seasons, the Aggies ended their season as Mountain Pacific Sports Federation champions.
With its No. 10 ranking, UC Davis was considered one of the top mid-major programs in the nation the entire season.
In all, 121 teams from 75 schools participated in this season's polling Now in its 11th year, the Mid-Major Rankings serve to provide an objective point system to compare teams' relative strength in a traditional dual meet lineup. The ranking is available to those institutions that are not members of a BCS conference or Mountain West Conference, or provide fewer than one-half of the allowable scholarships under the NCAA rules.