Shellem Earns MPSF Weekly Honors

Samantha Shellem won the 500 freestyle at both UCLA and LMU during last weekend's Southern California road trip.
(Mark Honbo, Athletics Communications)

Nov. 7, 2012

DAVIS, Calif. - UC Davis junior Samantha Shellem was selected as the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Female Athlete of the Week for swimming & diving, it was announced by the conference office Wednesday. Shellem is the first Aggie to win such honors in 2012-13, and the first overall since Kayleigh Foley claimed the award almost exactly one year ago.

The honor is determined by a vote of the other conference coaches. Shellem beat out UC Santa Barbara's Heren Alanis and San Diego's Keenan Lineback for the honor.

Shellem, a junior transfer from California, posted the MPSF's fastest times in the 200-yard and 500-yard freestyle events during the past weekend, during which UC Davis competed in double-dual meets at UCLA (with Washington State) and Loyola Marymount (with San Diego). She hit a 1:49.99 in the 200, becoming the league's first to break the 1:51 barrier; and a 4:58.04 in the 500, the first to crack the five-minute mark.

The La Verne, Calif. native opened the weekend with a 500 free victory in Friday's meet with the Bruins and Cougars. She also finished second in the 200 free and 400 individual medley, hitting 4:27.87 in the latter - already good for eighth in Aggie history. In the matchup with WSU alone, she posted first-place points in all three events for a team-leading 27 points.

On Saturday at LMU, Shellem delivered another victory in the 500 free at 5:04.06, added a second-place 10:21.55 in the 1,000 free and swam the second leg of the Aggies' runner-up 400 free relay (3:33.53). Against USD specifically, her finishes in the 200 and 1,000 free were good for first-place scoring.

The Aggies hold a 3-2 record in dual competition this season. They have the upcoming weekend off, then host Nevada for another dual on Friday, Nov. 16.