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Saturday, October 16, 2021

Female Team of the Quarter: Swimming & Diving

On Feb. 21, UC Davis women’s swimming stroked their way to a second place finish at the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation (MPSF) Championships. At the event, 16 members of the squad earned a combined 37 all-conference honor roll awards, adding five more awards to their achieved 32 last year.

Continuing a legacy of hard work and determination, highlights of the swimming season include an over 40 point win against Pacific University in late January, and their never trailing 148-144 triumph against UC Santa Barbara earlier the same month.

But it’s the consistency that Aggie swimming maintains outside of the pool that truly sets the team apart from others this quarter. As of Feb. 26, UC Davis swimming is one of only 149 swimming teams in America to maintain an overall team grade point average of 3.0 or above. The Aggies earned, for their third straight term, academic team honors by the College Swimming Coaches Association of America.

For their achievements both in the water and the in classroom, Aggie swimming is recognized as UC Davis’s female team of the quarter.

Led by head coach Barbara Jahn, Aggie swimming was not short of guided expertise this season. Coaching for her 40th year at the UC Davis program, Jahn aided senior swimmers Samantha Shellem and Hilary Hunt to five and three award titles respectively at MPSF. Sophomore Hilvy Cheung also earned three awards at MPSF, which included two conference titles in the butterfly events

Four divers also took home MPSF awards, including juniors Lucy Lafranchise and Audrey DeNeffe. The duo represented UC Davis at the NCAA Zone E Championships from March 9 to 11. Lafranchise finished No. 43 in the 1-meter dive and No. 54 in the 3-meter dive while DeNeffe finished No. 49 and No. 55 respectively.

Graphic by Jennifer Wu.

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