June 26, 2012
OMAHA, Neb. - UC Davis alumnus and current volunteer assistant coach Scott Weltz finished fourth overall in the finals of the 100 breaststroke, just half a second shy from advancing to London, on Tuesday at the U.S. Olympic Swimming Team Trials at the CenturyLink Center.
Weltz clocked in at 1:00.68, just a second behind Brendan Hansen who won the event in a time of 59.68. Eric Shanteau was second at 1:00.15 while Kevin Cordes was third, touching the wall in one minute, 58 seconds.
Representing both the Marin Pirates and UC Davis, Weltz entered the meet with the 13th-fastest seed time in the 100 breast before turning in the No. 2 time in Monday's semifinal, finishing second only to Hansen, a former Olympian and world record-holder in the event.
Weltz will next compete in the 200 breast - arguably his best event - on Thursday and Friday before wrapping up action at the Trials on Friday and Saturday in the 200 individual medley.
Earlier on Tuesday, Aggie junior Liliana Alvarez finished 45th in the preliminaries of the 100 breaststroke with a time of 1:11.11. She represented UC Davis in the event at the NCAA Championships in March to cap off her sophomore season.
"Lili turned in a solid swim and to come in 45th out of over 150 swimmers is an incredible achievement," said head coach Barbara Jahn. "To see her representing UC Davis on the world's biggest stage for our sport shows not only how far she has grown as a swimmer, but how much our program has achieved as well."
The Aggies also saw incoming transfer student Samantha Shellem achieve a time of 4:20.05 in the 400 meter freestyle on Monday. Shellem will arrive at UC Davis in the fall after competing at Cal for two seasons.