Shellem Nabs Second MPSF Weekly Honor

Junior Samantha Shellem has captured two MPSF Athlete of the Week awards in her young Aggie career.
(Mark Honbo, Athletics Communications)

Dec. 12, 2012

DAVIS, Calif. - UC Davis junior Samantha Shellem picked up her second Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Female Athlete of the Week award for 2012-13, it was announced by the league office. The La Verne, Calif. native won the first such honor of the season back on November 7, then snared her second after the final weekend of the fall schedule.

Shellem, a two-time Olympic Trials qualifier and a former California Golden Bear, enjoyed an outstanding three-day performance at the Mizzou Invitational from November 29 through December 1. On the meet's first day, she shattered the school 500-yard freestyle record at 4:48.69, a mark that currently leads all MPSF swimmers. On Day 2, Shellem hit NCAA `B' qualifying standards with a 1:47.73 in the 200 free, another conference-leading time. Then on the final day, she delivered a 17:04.60 in the 1,650 free, a mark that ranks fifth in school history. Her intermediate split of 10:13.78 also puts her fourth on the UC Davis all-time 1,000 free leaderboard.

Along the way, Shellem also hit personal records in the 100 free (51.06), good for sixth in the MPSF and fifth in school history. Her 400 individual medley time of 4:25.60, set in Saturday's preliminary session, ranks fifth in the Aggie record book and eighth in the conference. Shellem also posted a PR of 2:06.71 in the 200 IM at Mizzou.

UC Davis women's swimming and diving resumes its 2012-13 competition schedule with a home dual meet with Pacific on January 12.