Dec. 5, 2013
DAVIS, Calif. -- Following a stellar showing at the Missouri Invitational, UC Davis senior Liliana Alvarez was honored as the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation's Turbo Female Athlete of the Week on Nov. 27, helping the Aggies to the No. 24 spot as a team in the CollegeSwimming.com's Endless Pools Top 25 poll.
Alvarez became the first Aggie to earn weekly MPSF honors this season, finishing in the top five in both the 100 and 200 breaststroke at the Missouri Invitational while also swimming the second leg of the school record-setting 400 medley relay. It is her second career weekly honor from the conference office, earning her first on Jan. 24 of last season.
Alvarez's time of 1:00.49 in the prelims of the 100 breaststroke was a season-low for the Aggies (two seconds faster than the NCAA "B" standard) and just .11 seconds off the school record. Alvarez eventually finished fourth in the finals with a time of 1:01.24. In the 200 breaststroke, she also met the NCAA "B" standard with a finals time of 2:13.22 to finish fifth.
A three-time NCAA Championships qualifier in the 100 and 200 breaststroke, her time in the 100 breaststroke ranks No. 13 in the nation this season while her 200 breaststroke time is No. 24 in the country.
As a team, the Aggies set four school records and met seven NCAA "B" standards at the Missouri Invitational, helping them to their highest ranking in school history -- two-tenths of a point ahead of USC and four-tenths back of No. 23 San Diego State.
Points for the rankings are compiled by scoring each team's top 27 swims in a given week over a three-week period. A complete ranking is listed here: http://www.collegeswimming.com/performance/.
Freshman Hilvy Cheung in the 200 fly (1:57.60 - also a meet record), Hilary Hunt in both the 100 (53.68) and 200 back (1:57.96), and diver Audrey DeNeffe (210.65) on the platform all set school marks. NCAA "B" standards were gained by Cheung in the 100 and 200 fly, Hunt in 100 and 200 back, Alvarez in the 100 and 200 breaststroke, and Katie Edwards in the 100 breaststroke.