Nov. 27, 2012
Thurs.-Sat., Nov. 29-Dec. 1 - Missouri Invite, 8 a.m. PST
Idle since Nov. 16
TO RECAP: UC Davis finished its fall dual season at 4-2, claiming a 178-117 win over Nevada back on November 16... Sophomore Hilary Hunt (100 & 200 back), junior Samantha Shellem (200 free, 500 free), junior Liliana Alvarez (100 & 200 breast) and junior Megan Leung (100 & 200 fly) each won two event wins... Freshman Marissa Brown battled Nevada's Jojo Mi in the 1,000 free, touching in 10:06.97 to surpass Linda Hermann's 2007 school record by almost six full seconds.
MPSF LEADERS: Brown took over the conference lead with that 1,000 free time, more than 11 seconds faster than UC Santa Barbara's Heren Alanis (10:18.04)... Shellem's 1:49.99 from the UCLA road double dual now ranks 3rd among 200 free leaders... She moved into 3rd on the conference 500 free list with her 4:55.86 against Nevada, while her 4:27.87 in the 400 IM at UCLA holds on in 8th... Brown is sixth on that board at 5:00.14... Alvarez' 100 breast mark of 1:03.71 at UCLA ranks sixth in the conference while Hunt's winning 2:05.94 in the 200 back two weeks ago checks in at No. 8.
UC Davis has two relays in the top five in the MPSF... The 400 free relay squad of Hunt, Shellem, Haley Porter and Katie Edwards went 3:29.76 in the San Jose State dual, now No. 5 in the league... The 200 medley relay time of 1:44.60 set by Hunt, Alvarez. Leung and Porter against the Spartans has slipped to 4th.
UP NEXT: UC Davis competes in its first championship-format meet (morning prelim heats followed by evening finals) with the second-annual trip to the Missouri Invitational in Columbia, Mo... Besides the MPSF Championships in February, no other meet on this year's schedule has such a format... As such, head coach Barbara Jahn contends that the Mizzou meet prepares the team for conference championships better than any other date on the schedule (see below for comments).
Live results are available at: http://www.mutigers.com/livestats/c-swim/mizzouinvite12/
Thursday's session consists of the 200 free relay, 500 free, 100 fly, 200 IM, 50 free, 400 medley relay and 3-meter diving... Friday's slate has the 200 medley relay, 400 IM, 200 free, 100 breast, 100 back, 800 free relay and 1-meter diving... Saturday's portion brings the 1,650 free, 200 back, 100 free, 200 breast, 200 fly, 400 free relay and platform diving... Each day's prelims begin at 10 a.m. CST followed by final heats at 6 p.m... Shellem is the top seed in the 200 free, Edwards and Alvarez hold the top two seeds in the 100 breast.
HEAD COACH BARBARA JAHN:
"For those who trained really hard over the summertime, this should be an excellent meet. We've gone through a full taper with them. Last year, the time that Lili [Alvarez] achieved at Mizzou was the one that qualified her to nationals because she got sick at the MPSF. For someone like her, who has a shot at nationals, this is a really important meet. For those who didn't train as seriously over the summer, we're looking for season bests but maybe not lifetime bests."
"We've always had a late-November, early-December meet with a three-day format. There aren't a lot of opportunities to have our swimmers go through a meet with prelims and finals that will help them get ready for the conference championships. We want to prepare them for that. They have to go out hard in the morning or they won't get a second swim. And they also have to come back and swim fast at night. A lot of people think they can just do it in the afternoon. But you might not have that opportunity. Holding back in the prelim, thinking you're such-and-such seed and that you'll make your second swim? That's the wrong attitude to take. Regardless of what heat you're in, you have to go out and give 100 percent. When we get to conference, it will be absolutely critical that we lay it out on the table in the morning. Dual meets are fun because they give you head-to-head competition, but it's a different approach in a championship meet. It's the reason we like going to a meet like this."