The UC Davis women’s swimming team posted second-place finishes in four individual events plus the 400-yard freestyle relay to compile a winning total of 673.5 points at the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation swimming and diving championships, held jointly at East Los Angeles College in Monterey Park and the U.S. Air Force Academy.
The Aggie relay team of junior Samantha Shellem, junior Katie Edwards, junior Haley Porter and sophomore Hilary Hunt assembled a runner-up time of three minutes, 21.65 seconds in the final event of the meet, clinching the program’s second team championship in the three-year history of the conference. Shellem’s leadoff split of 50.68 also represented a career-best 100 free time.
Hunt hit an NCAA championships B qualifying mark with a school-record 1:58.82 in the 200 back prelims, then followed with a second-place 1:58.87 in the finals. Sabrina Cochrane and Sam Rados finished 1-2 in the consolation final for 16 more points. Cochrane hit a career-best 2:01.84 in the evening swim, while Rados touched home in 2:02.43.
UCD had five scorers in the 1,650 freestyle to kick off the evening session. San Diego’s Keenan Lineback edged Shellem by a mere eight hundredths of a second in that championship, but Shellem’s time of 16:48.12 moved her into second place in school history. Record-holder Marissa Brown finished fifth overall, Bridget Bugbee was sixth, Grace Benefield placed ninth and Marilyn Carey took 10th as that group combined to earn 60 points for the Aggies.
UCD accrued second-place points in the 100 free, with Edwards’ PR of 50.08 — good for third best in program history — leading the way.
Junior Liliana Alvarez finished second in the 200 breaststroke, finishing in 2:12.41 to beat the NCAA B standard by more than three full seconds.
The Aggies also enjoyed their highest diving finish of the championships during the tower competition at Air Force. Hanna Tears scored a 201.05 in the final, while Lucy Lafranchise and Audrey DeNeffe each advanced to the consols, placing 10th (183.75) and 13th (172.95), respectively.
On Friday, Edwards (200 free) and Alvarez (100) won conference titles for UCD, while Rados added points with a huge personal best to take fourth in the 400 individual medley.
Edwards led a 1-2-5 Aggie finish in the 200 free, breaking school and championship records with her 1:47.11. Alvarez won her race in 1:01.25, with senior teammate Morgan Lee taking third.
Rados’s 4:20.25 in the 400 IM was the second-time in UCD history.
A two-out single from Chandler Wagner in the bottom of the third inning provided the only run scored in the Aggies’ second game of the day at the NFCA Leadoff Classic in Clearwater, Fla. The 1-0 lead held up as UCD upset No. 14 South Florida on Saturday.
The win, combined with a 6-0 loss to No. 15 Michigan, moved the Aggies’ record to 6-8.
Leading off the bottom of the third, UCD shortstop Christa Castello drew the only free pass off Bulls’ starter Erica Nunn. Castello advanced to second when designated player Janelle Gusiff dropped a perfectly placed sacrifice bunt.
When Wagner’s single squirted into center field, Castello showed the crowd at the Eddie C. Moore Complex a glimpse of the speed that is prevalent on the Aggies’ 2013 roster, sprinting home from second.
Possessing a 1-0 lead, UCD starter Justine Vela kept the Bulls at bay throughout the remaining four innings, striking out 12 batters to record a complete-game shutout and earn her third win of the season.
Earlier in the day, the Aggies got just one hit in the loss to Michigan. On Friday, UCD dropped a pair of one-run games, falling 8-7 to Southern Illinois before losing 4-3 to James Madison in eight innings.
Senior Kathryn Bailey scored just 14 seconds into the first sudden-victory period to lead the 14th-ranked Aggie to a 13-12 win over 17th-ranked UC San Diego in the final game of Day 1 action at the UC Irvine Invitational. Earlier in the day, UCD lost 9-4 to the sixth-ranked host.
Bailey’s game-winner was her third goal of the day, giving the senior attacker her first career hat trick, while junior center Hannah Curran netted a career-high six goals. Sophomore goalie Jillian Wilding (six saves) posted a key stop in the final seconds of regulation to force overtime.
Aggie sophomore Keelia Houston, a Davis High graduate, looked to end the game in overtime but was unable to connect on two shots in the final 26 seconds, forcing the sudden victory. In that next frame, Jessica Dunn won the sprint to give UCD the crucial first possession and Bailey punched in the go-ahead.
Curran, Dunn, Nicole Eggert and Hannah Breen scored in the loss to the Anteaters.
A spirited and energetic crowd witnessed another classic dual between Causeway rivals UCD and Sacramento State on Saturday at the Marya Welch Tennis Center and they saw a close one as the Hornets won the in the final match of the day to defeat the Aggies 4-3.
Led by Kyle Miller, who won both his singles and doubles matches, the Aggies (4-6) captured the doubles point behind victories from Miller and Adam Luba and Toki Sherbakov and Adam Levie.
Parker Kelley and Miller then won singled matches to help UCD take a 3-1 advantage on Sac State (2-5).
But the Hornets would not let the Aggies capture their first Causeway Classic since the 2006 season, as Sac State took the final three singles matchups — all in three sets.
Senior attacker Elizabeth Datino posted her 20th career hat trick but the Aggies were overmatched by third-ranked Florida, dropping their season opener, 16-4, at Donald R. Dizney Stadium Friday evening.
Besides Datino’s three goals, senior midfielder Hannah Mirza added one to go with her team-high five draw controls. Sophomore Meghan Jordan picked up the lone assist for UCD, while contributing three draw controls and two caused turnovers in her first game coming back after missing a year with an injury.
Aggie senior defender Tess Alekna provided four ground balls and matched Jordan’s two steals in the loss to the Gators (5-0), while sophomore Kai Murphy (six saves) and junior Jordan Majka (five) split time in the UCD goal.
Junior Anna Shumaker matched her career high on vault, helping the Aggies score a season-high 48.800 in that event, but UCD fell to host Sacramento State, 194.725-192.825, on Friday.
Shumaker’s 9.850 led the Aggies strong performance on that event, while senior Katie Yamamura scored 9.825 in the anchor spot and sophomore Tiana Montell matched her career best of 9.800. The team score was tied for the third best in school history.
UCD freshman Stephanie Stamates posted a 9.825 to tie with two Hornets for first place on floor exercise, Shumaker hit for 9.800 and sophomore Kala DeFrancesco added a 9.775 as the Aggie scored 48.825 in that event.
On uneven bars, UCD sophomore Lisa Wiktorksi continued her run of strong scores on that apparatus, hitting a personal-best 9.800. Freshman Dani Judal (9.750) and Yamamura (9.725) also bolstered the Aggies score.