Aggies Hit the Pool for Dual at San Jose State

Freshman Hilvy Cheung set a pair of UC Davis top-10 marks last weekend at the Pacific Invitational.
 
Freshman Hilvy Cheung set a pair of UC Davis top-10 marks last weekend at the Pacific Invitational.
 

Oct. 25, 2013

DAVIS, Calif. -

THIS WEEK…
Saturday, Oct. 26, 2013
UC Davis at San Jose State
The Aquatics Center – San Jose, Calif.

TAKE YOUR MARK: After successful opening weekend in Stockton, the UC Davis women’s and swimming and diving team returns to pool for its first dual meet of the 2013-14 campaign on Saturday (Oct. 26), heading south to take on San Jose State at 10:30 a.m., at The Aquatics Center on campus.

SCOUTING THE SPARTANS: San Jose State is 0-1 to start the season after falling to Stanford, 138-100, in the season opener on Sept. 26, but finished strong in its last outing, breaking three records en route to a third-place finish (out of four) at the Bulldog Invitational in Fresno, Calif., on Oct. 11-12… senior Ashlyn Acosta broke two individual meet records in the 100 fly (55.73) and 200 fly (2:02.59)… she also teamed up with Taylor Solorio, Erika Harvey, and Alysha Bush to set a pool and meet mark of 1:35.22 in the 200 free relay.

SAN JOSE STRUGGLES: UC Davis will be looking to snap a string of five consecutive dual meet losses to San Jose State dating back to the 2006 season opener when the Aggies defeated the Spartans, 169-131. Last season, San Jose State won 14 of the 16 events en route to a 208-92 victory at the Schaal Aquatics Center in Davis. The last meeting in the Bay Area ended with a, 178-122, Spartans victory in 2011.

SHE’S SO “FLY”: Freshman Hilvy Cheung had herself quite a collegiate debut at the Pacific Invitational last weekend in Stockton, Calif., etching her name into the record books in both the 100 and 200 fly. The Fremont, Calif., native posted the fifth-best time in school history, and her first collegiate event victory, in the 200 fly, finishing in 2:03.64. Later, in the 100 fly, Cheung placed second with a time of 56:23 for the ninth-fastest swim in school history in that event.


 

 

ALSO IN THE HUNT: No to be outdone by her freshman teammate, junior Hilary Hunt (Los Gatos, Calif.) matched the sixth-best time in school history in the 200 backstroke, touching in a time of 2:04.19 to finish second in the event at Pacific. While it ranks among the top 10, the finish is better than five seconds off her school record set at last season’s Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Championships when she swam a 1:58.82 to break the previous mark set by Yuka Kobayashi in 2005 by almost a full second.

ALVAREZ WINS: Senior Liliana Alvarez became the second Aggie to win an event last weekend in Stockton, edging out San Diego State’s Mikaela Macklin to finish first in the 200 yard breaststroke. Alvarez, last year’s MPSF champion in the 100 breast and an All-MPSF first-team selection in the 100 and 200 breast, out-touched Macklin by .06 for the top spot with a time of 2:21.00.

OTHER SHINING STARS IN STOCKTON: The Aggies had numerous other swimmers finish in the medals at the Pacific Invitational:

• the 200 freestyle relay team of Hunt, junior Samantha Shellem, senior Katie Edwards, and senior Haley Porter, finished second with a time of 1:37.13

• Porter finished third in the 100 free with a time of 52.73

• Shellem and sophomore Marissa Brown finished second and third in the 500 free with times of 5:00.99 and 5:01.45, respectively.

HEAD COACH Barbara Jahn
On facing San Jose State this weekend…
“San Jose State is a worthy opponent and they’re strong team this year. I think we’re up to the challenge and know what we’re facing. I think it’s a good opportunity to kick-off the season.”

“We’re going to challenge them in every event. We’ll see what they’re up to because we haven’t been backing off in our training at all.”

On last week’s performance at Pacific…
“It was a nice surprise. I think if this is any indication of how the rest of Hilvy’s season is going to go, she’s going to be breaking records right and left. That part is exciting. However, you have to take that kind of thing with a grain of salt because it was the first meet. As training gets harder and harder, and they get more broken down, their times may not duplicate. The speed they had at the beginning may not be there. However, knowing what they can do at the first meet and then tapering off of that for Missouri and, then, for the conference championships is encouraging.”

Encouraging signs from Pacific…
“Surprises. Kaitlin Leung, who is a freshman, Marrisa LaFreniere, who is a freshman, Hilvy Cheung, who is a freshman. They really stepped it up when it wasn’t their own teammate they were racing against. That was good. They’ve earned some spots on relays as a result of their efforts.”

LOOKING AHEAD…
Saturday, Nov. 2, 2013
UC Davis at San Diego, vs. Oregon State
USD Sports Center Pool – San Diego, Calif.