Pacific Swimming: Tigers Have Strong Showing In First Day Of Pacific Invitational
After the first day of competition at the Pacific Invitational, the men's swim team finished second with 432 points behind Brigham Young University who had 524 points. While the women's team finished in third place (203 points) behind Bringham Young University (509 points) and Washington State University (367points).
The Tigers relay team comprised of Kevin Byers (Puyallup, Wash.), Nathan LeRoy (Arlington Heights, Ill.), David Hernandez (Chico, Calif.) and Steven Woods (Walnut Creek, Calif.) kicked off the annual event with a second place finish in the 200 Medley Relay, touching the wall in 1:36.83. Pacific also had a fifth place finish from the relay team comprised of Mason Kinnard (Concord, Calif.), Jonathan Alves (Davenport, Iowa), Dai Wilson (Zomba, Malawi) and Taylor Moore (Sacramento, Calif.) collectively, who finished with a time of 1:39.05.
On the women's side, the 200 Medley Relay team consisting of Bo Cameron (Weymouth, England), Mallory McGowan (Colusa, Calif.), Jenna Chaplin (Nassau, Bahamas) and MaryElla Randall (Walnut Creek, Calif.) touched the wall in 1:50.75 to finish fourth in the first women's event of the day. In the second relay event of the day, the women's 400 Free Relay team comprised of Hayley Shillington (Thousand Oaks, Calif.) Cameron, Shelby Bolin (Blue Springs, Calif.) and Randall finished in fourth with a time of 3:37.57.
Individually junior Jayme Swalin (Kenmore, Wash.) rounded out the top 10 in the 400 IM with a time of 4:36.93. Swalin also had the women's best finish in the 1650 Free when she finished fifth with a time of 17:41.06, while Chaplin took the number 10 spot with a time of 18:10.98.
In the first individual event of the afternoon for the men, freshman Johannes Peters (Naperville, Ill.) finished fourth in the 200 Free (1:43.74), while senior Tyler Hannis (Santa Rosa, Calif.) and sophomore Zachary Zlotoff (San Jose, Calif.) captured the eight and ninth place spots with times of 1:48.51 and 1:48.65 respectively. On the women's side, Shillington had the Tigers top finish in the women's 200 Free when she claimed the number two spot with a time of 1:55.04.
For the men, LeRoy individually had a strong showing with a fourth place finish in the 400 IM (4:14.01) and a second place finish in the 100 Breast (59.68). Also swimming in the 400 IM was Byers, who touched the wall in 4:16.86 for the fifth place spot behind LeRoy. While freshman DJ Shilling (The Woodlands, Texas) and sophomore Kevin Schirmer (Danville, Calif.) took the fifth and sixth spots in the 100 Breast, touching the wall in 1:01.45 and 1:01.70 respectively.
In the 50 Free, Randall had the women's top finish, touching the wall in 24.44 to claim the number six spot. While McGowan rounded out the top five in the 100 Breast with a time of 1:06.03, for Pacific's top finish in the women's event. The Tigers captured the top two spots in the men's 50 Free on a 21.23 performance from sophomore Balazs Szabo (Budapest, Hungary) and 21.27 time from Schirmer. Rounding out the top ten were Woods in eighth with a time of 21.91 and Peters in tenth with a time of 22.06.
The men's 400 Free Relay squad, consisting of Peters, Adam Sharp (St. Louis, Mo.), Moore, and Woods, also claimed the third place spot with a time of 3:13.98. While the relay team comprised of Byers, Kinnard, Hannis and Hernandez touched the wall in 3:19.13 acquire the fourth spot.
During the final event of the evening sophomore Zach Zlotoff (San Jose, Calif.) finished fourth in the 1650 Free with a time of 16:36.05 while sophomore Sean Dunnigan (Bel Air, Md.) came in sixth with a time of (17:04.48).
Pacific returns to action in day two of the Pacific Invitational on Saturday, October 16 at 11 am at Chris Kjeldsen Pool.