— Senior psychology major Solie Laughlin
collected a team-high four individual wins—including a pair of NCAA "B" cut times (200 back, 400 IM)—set a meet record in the 100 back (54.19), and swam a leg on the meet record-setting 200 medley relay team (1:40.79) to help UC Davis secure a third-place finish at the 25th annual Miami Invite, a performance that also helped her earn Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Swimmer of the Week accolades as announced by the league on Wednesday.
The Ventura, Calif. native breezed to a win in the 200 IM on day one in Ohio, matching a first-place finish in the prelims (2:01.50) with a season-best 2:00.91 in the finals.
Swimming the backstroke leg of the 200 medley relay Laughlin then opened the second day of competition helping set a new meet record alongside Kristin Schumann
, Mia Motekaitis
, and Mia Facey
with a winning time of 1:40.79. Her second individual win and first NCAA "B" standard time of the season came in the 400 IM (4:24.46), before capping off the day with another event win in the 100 back--touching first overall in meet record time (54.19). Laughlin currently holds the fastest time in the 400 IM as well as the second fastest time in the 200 back in the MPSF and is the only swimmer to earn a "B" cut in the 400 IM at this point in the season.
Laughlin then closed out the third and final day with her second NCAA "B" cut and fourth event win of the weekend in the 200 back, dropping nearly six seconds off her prelim time en route to a winning 1:54.92.
Of the Aggies' eight event victories over the span of the three-day meet, Laughlin accounted for half (100 back, 200 back, 200 IM, 400 IM).
With just about half of the 2018-19 season in the books, Laughlin's effort at the Miami Invite represents just one of several impressive performances from the senior this season. In October, Laughlin logged her first event win of the year in the 100 back (58.55) against MPSF colleague San Diego to go along with a podium finish in the 200 breaststroke (2:27.91). Two weeks later, Laughlin tripled in the 100 back (57.83), 400 IM (4:26.55), and 200 breaststroke (2:24.66) when the Aggies played host to CSU East Bay on Nov. 2.
Laughlin is the first Aggie swimmer to garner recognition from the MPSF this season, and the award marks her third career weekly honor from the league.
After closing out the fall portion of its 2018-19 slate, UC Davis will ring in the new year hosting its annual Aggie Open on Jan. 5 at 10 AM. The Aggies' busy month then continues with three road duals at Fresno State (Jan. 19), San Jose State (Jan. 26), and MPSF rival UC Santa Barbara (Jan. 27), before returning home to Schaal Aquatics Center for the final home dual of the season against Pacific on Feb. 2.
UC Davis will then set its sights on the MPSF Championships scheduled to take place in Southern California on Feb. 20-23. For the eighth consecutive season, the swimming events will be held at East Los Angeles College in Monterey Park, Calif., while the diving competitions will be hosted at the Rose Bowl Aquatic Center in Pasadena.
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