Aggie Swim Heads South For Two Double Duals

Freshman Hanna Tears was the top Aggie diver on both boards in Saturday's dual with San Jose State.
(Mark Honbo, Athletics Communications)

Oct. 31, 2012

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Friday, Nov. 2 - at UCLA w/ Washington State, 1 p.m.
Saturday, Nov. 3 - at Loyola Marymount w/ San Diego, 9:30 a.m.

Saturday, Oct. 27 - SAN JOSE STATE (L, 92-208)

TO RECAP: UC Davis (0-1) lost the first of 10 season duals on Saturday, falling to defending Western Athletic Conference champion San Jose State by a 208-92 margin... The Aggies enjoyed event wins at the two distance freestyle events, as freshman Marissa Brown won the 1,000 at 10:17.08 while junior Samantha Shellem claimed the 500 at 5:00.29... Brown, whose 1,000 time ranks fifth in school history, also finished just behind Shellem in the 500 (5:01.25)... The 400 free relay squad of Hilary Hunt, Shellem, Haley Porter and Katie Edwards opened the season with a solid 3:29.76... The 200 medley relay of Hunt, Liliana Alvarez, Megan Leung and Porter posted a 1:44.60... Both times are the fastest in history for a meet so early in the season... Freshman Hanna Tears led the UC Davis divers on both boards, going 258.75 on 1-meter then 257.10 on 3-meter... Her program on low board represents the highest by an Aggie since Erica Stricker compiled a 265.80 against Pacific on Jan. 14, 2011.

UP NEXT: The Aggies travel to Southern California for a pair of double duals, first at UCLA on Friday (with Washington State), then against MPSF foes Loyola Marymount and San Diego at Burns Aquatics Center... LMU finished in a tie for eighth at least year's conference championships while USD was fifth (UC Davis placed third).

UCLA (3-0) took two weekends off after scoring three dominating dual wins in a home quadrangular on Oct. 12... The Bruins beat Oregon State (197-92), UC Santa Barbara (185-110) and Utah (211-83)... Junior Ting Quah (100 and 200 free) and Katie Kinnear (100 back and 100 fly) each were double winners... WASHINGTON STATE (2-2) traveled to Arizona for a pair of duals, falling to UofA on Friday (119-75) then Arizona State on Saturday (170-88)... The Cougars managed a win over Grand Canyon (160.5-99.5) in the meet at Tempe... Junior Emma Johansson hit a PR of 55.93 in the 100 back, third in school history... UCLA and WSU finished fifth and ninth, respectively, at the 2012 Pac-12 Conference meet.

LOYOLA MARYMOUNT (0-0) competed in the nearby Malibu Invitational over the weekend, competing in distance events in Saturday's portion followed by sprint and middle distance races on Sunday... Senior Camille Hopp won a total of five events in the latter session, including the 50 free (24.08), 100 free (52.90), 100 breast (1:04.96) and 200 breast (2:22.01)... SAN DIEGO (0-1) scored three event wins in a dual at USC on October 19... Sophomore Keenan Lineback won the 200 fly at 2:05.54 and 400 IM at 4:27.85, while senior sprinter Jacquie Kimmel took down the 50 free at 24.25... The Toreros raced in the same relay events as UC Davis, posting respective times of 3:31.26 and 1:48.18 in the 400 free and 200 medley events

"I thought we had a good first dual meet of the season. Our relays were significantly faster than they have ever been for a first dual. That's a great indicator that things are happening in the right way. If you compare this year's times to last year's first swims in the same event, they were faster [this year]. San Jose State just had really good finishes. They were up for the competition. It would be nice to swim against them in January where the playing field is more evened out."

"Against UCLA and Washington State, it will be a close meet with Washington State. I would imagine UCLA will be very kind and swim people in off events. Anytime we can have top-level competition, it will make us better. Then the next day against LMU and USD, those are two conference schools. It will be nice to see what they have and what we'll be up against come February. Each of those teams have really good swimmers, so we'll see where they are swimming and put our best people against them. It will give us an indication of how much harder we have to work. It's like a measuring stick."