Double Dual Awaits as Aggies Head to San Diego

Sophomore diver Hanna Tears nearly set a school record on the 3-meter last week at San Jose State, scoring a career-high 292.65 -- just under one point shy of the all-time mark.

Nov. 1, 2013

DAVIS, Calif. -

Saturday, Nov. 2, 2013
UC Davis at San Diego with Oregon State
USD Sports Center Pool – San Diego, Calif.

TAKE YOUR MARK: Following a season-opening dual meet victory at Bay Area rival San Jose State last weekend, the UC Davis women’s swimming and diving team heads south for double the dual meet fun, taking on host University of San Diego and Oregon State at the USD Sports Center Pool beginning at noon.

SCOUTING THE TOREROS: Saturday’s double dual with the Aggies and Beavers will be the first competition in two weeks for San Diego, which opened its 2013-14 campaign with a, 184-101, loss to UCLA back on Oct. 19… junior Keenan Lineback was named the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Athlete of the Week back on Oct. 24 after she placed third in the 1000 free (10:15.63) and 200 fly (2:04.07) while winning the 400 IM (4:24.49) against the Bruins… Lineback was the 2013 MPSP champion in both the 400 IM and 1650 free… sophomore Jackie Taylor also had a strong day against UCLA, claiming three, top-3 finishes in the 50 free (24:87), 100 (53:06), and 200 free (1:54.47)… the Toreros placed sixth at last year’s MPSF Championships with 316.

SERIES WITH SAN DIEGO: This Saturday will mark the third-consecutive year that the Aggies and Toreros will meet after UC Davis took home top honors in double dual meets against San Diego at Loyola Marymount’s pool in each of the last two seasons. The Aggies posted a 169-93 win over the Toreros in 2011, followed by a 167-95 win last season.

SCOUTING OREGON STATE: The Beavers hit the road for the first time this season after three straight home duals to begin 2013-14, facing UCLA, UC Santa Barbara, and Florida Gulf Coast on Friday (Nov. 1) before heading to San Diego for Saturday's dual… Oregon State is 0-3 in duals thus far, falling to California (161-95) on Sept. 27, Utah (165-95) on Oct. 11, and Stanford (170-88) in its most recent meet on Oct. 25… Sophomore Sammy Harrison led the Beavers against the Cardinal, winning both the 500 (4:51.98) and 1000 free (9:53.08) in season-best times while finishing fourth in the 100 free (52.87)… Oregon State posted 41 season-best times in individual events against Stanford overall… senior Crystal Kibby was also in the medals in the 100 (1:06.28) and 200 (2:22.92) breaststroke to help lead the Beavers.

THE WEEK THAT WAS: UC Davis kicked-off its 2013-14 campaign in fine fashion with a 178-116 win over San Jose State on Oct. 26, snapping a five-meet losing skid to the Spartans by winning 11 of the 16 events and posting eight times or totals that ranked among the school’s top 10 in various events.

DOUBLE UP: Juniors Samantha Shellem and Hilary Hunt, along with senior Liliana Alvarez and sophomore diver Hanna Tears each doubled-up against the Spartans last week, bringing home a pair of victories to account for eight of the Aggies’ 11 wins on the day. Hunt doubled in the 100 (1:01.00) and 200 (2:04.55) back, Alvarez was a winner in the 100 (1:03.71) and 200 breast (2:19.71), Shellem was a winner in both the 200 (1:52.25) and 500 free (5:02.76), and Tears won both the 1-meter (262.43) and 3-meter (292.65).

SHE’S SO “FLY”:  Continuing to build off her stellar Division I debut at the Pacific Invitational on Oct. 19, freshman Hilvy Cheung got even better last week in San Jose, posting the second-fastest 200 fly in school history with a 2:01.72 to finish second by just .14 to the Spartans’ Ashlyn Acosta. Cheung’s mark stands behind only school record-holder Yuka Kobayashi’s mark of 1:58.62 set at the 2006 Big West Conference Championships. She holds the ninth-fastest mark in the 100 fly with a 56:23 and also owns the sixth-fastest time in the 200 fly with her 2:03.64 set in Stockton.

WHAT CAN BROWN DO FOR YOU?: Apparently swim really fast. Sophomore Marissa Brown swam the seventh-fastest 1,000 free in school history last week at San Jose State, claiming the Aggies’ first win of the day in a time of 10:16.30 to help UC Davis to a 1-2 finish in the event (freshman Kirsten Brand posted the eighth-fastest time in the process with her time of 10:16.36). It is the second-fastest swim in the event for the Danville, Calif., native, who posted the second-fastest time in school history (10:05.42) at the Mizzou Invitational in 2013.

JILL OF ALL TRADES: Senior Katie Edwards was all over the pool against the Spartans, winning the 200 IM in a time of 2:08.71 while also finishing second in the 200 free (1:52.76) and third in the 200 breaststroke (2:20.80). Her day wasn’t finished, however, as she swam the anchor leg for the Aggies’ 200 freestyle relay team, winning in a time of 3:29.39 along with teammates Samantha Shellem, Hilary Hunt, and Haley Porter.

TAKING A DIVE: Sophomore Hannah Tears had herself quite a 2013-14 debut, posting the second-highest score in school history on the 3-meter with a 292.65 and the fourth-best on the 1-meter with a 262.43 against San Jose State. Tears’ 3-meter score was just under a point shy of Jamie Flynn’s school record of 293.55 set against Nevada and UC San Diego that has stood since 2008.

PORTER PERFORMS: Senior Haley Porter also had a quick day in the pool, finishing second against the Spartans in both the 50 (24.19) and 100 (51.88) free, posting the fastest times in those events by an Aggie this season.

Saturday, Nov. 9, 2013
UC Davis at Nevada
Lombardi Pool – Reno, Nev.