Pacific Swimming: Tigers Fall To Cardinal In First Meet Of 2011
Following an eight week hiatus from competition, Pacific's men's and women's swim teams returned to action in the first meet of 2011 against Stanford. The women were defeated by the Cardinal 143-105 and fell to 5-2 (4-0 MPSF) on the season. While the men's swim team fell to 1-3 (1-2 MPSF) on the year following a 152-92 loss to Stanford.
In the first relay events of the day the men's 200 Medley Relay team consisting of Kevin Byers (Puyallup, Wash.), DJ Schilling (The Woodlands, Texas), Kevin Schirmer (Danville, Calif.) and Roger Ward (San Leandro, Calif.) kicked off the meet for the Tigers with a fourth place finish when they collectively touched the wall in 1:37.54. Pacific's women's 200 Medley Relay team comprised of Becca Wyant (Redmond, Wash.), Mallory McGowan (Colusa, Calif.), Jenna Chaplin (Nassau, Bahamas) and MaryElla Randall (Walnut Creek, Calif.) also had a fourth place finish with a combined time of 1:49.28.
Individually Schrimer, Ward, Byers and Randall had strong performances for the Tigers recording some of Pacific's top finishes on the day. On the men's side Schirmer finished fifth in the 50 Free and fourth in the 100 Free, with times of 22.92 and 48.48 respectively. Ward picked up a second place finish in the 400 IM (4:16.48) while Byers finished third with a time of 4:20.98. Randall nabbed a pair of fourth place finishes in the 50 Free and 100 Free when she registered times of 24.48 and 54.79 respectively.
In the mid-distance events, Jayme Swalin (Kenmore, Wash.) and Katie McBride (Colorado Springs, Colo.) had consecutive finishes to claim the fifth and sixth spots in the 1000 Free with times of 10:27.96 and 10:43.42 respectively. Swalin and McBride also had back-to-back finishes in the 1000 Free when they came in first and second with times of 5:11.94 and 5:21.21 respectively. Also recording fifth place finishes in individual events for the women were Allie Vetterlein (Seattle, Wash.) in the 200 Fly (2:10.88), Wyant in the 100 Back (1:02.22) and Hayley Shillington (Thousand Oaks, Calif.) in the 200 Free (1:56.20).
For the men, sophomore Zachary Zlotoff (San Jose, Calif.) had a strong showing when he picked up the Tigers top finishes in the 1000 Free and 500 Free. In his first individual event, Zlotoff finished the 1000 Free in 9:51.98 to finish fifth. He then went on to record a first place finish in the 500 Free with a time of 4:51.40.
One the women's side of the 100 Breast, McGowan had Pacific's lone top five finish of the event when she finished fourth with a pace of 1:06.83. Shannon Van Konynenburg (Cape Town, South Africa) also had a fourth place finish in the 100 Back when she touched the wall in 1:01.94. During the men's 100 Breast Nathan LeRoy (Arlington Heights, Ill.) and Schilling had back-to-back finishes to round out the top five spots. LeRoy finished in fourth place with a time of 1:02.06 while Schilling claimed the fifth spot when he touched the wall in 1:02.49.
RJ Barton (Modesto, Calif.) and Dai Wilson (Zomba, Malawi) had back-to-back finishes to round out the top five for the Tigers in the 200 Fly. Barton finished fourth in the 200 Fly with a time of 1:59.59 while Wilson came in fifth with a pace of 2:00.40.
Pacific's women's swim team continues action on Friday, January 14 when the Tigers travel to Davis, Calif., to take on the Aggies at 3 p.m. The men's and women's swim teams then host Fresno Pacific and UC Santa Cruz in the final home meet of the season at Chris Kjeldsen Pool on Saturday, January 22 at noon.