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    Men's Swimming Update

    Nov 30, 2011

    What's Happening
    The Pacific men's swim team will take a break from competition over the winter holiday, using the time to train and gear up for the final two months of competition. A home dual meet versus UC Santa Barbara and a road tilt at No. 7 Stanford highlight the Tigers' remaining schedule. Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Championships are set to take place beginning on February 15 and will go until February 19.

    Last Time Out
    The Tigers journeyed to Long Beach, Calif., for the annual Arena Invitational from Thursday, November 17, to Saturday, November 19. The men finished ninth in the nine-team field and were sixth among MPSF squads.

    A Quick Look Ahead
    Pacific returns to the pool on January 7 when it will compete in a dual meet at No. 7 Stanford at 12 p.m. The Tigers will play host to MPSF foe UC Santa Barbara in a dual meet on January 27 at Kjeldsen Pool.

    Pacific Has Solid Showing At Arena Invitational

    Pacific competed in the prestigious Arena Invitational, held in Long Beach, Calif., from Thursday, November 17, to Saturday, November 19, finishing ninth out of nine teams.

    On Saturday, sophomore Oliver Simkovic took his second top-ten finish of the meet, this time in the 200 Back when he touched the wall at 1:47.32, good for sixth. Freshman Brandon Presswood took 20th and seniorKevin Byers took 24th in the same event with times of 1:54.35 and 1:56.16, respectively.

    Freshman Brandon Chandler finished seventh in the 1650 Free behind a time of 15:46.05. Junior Zach Zlotoff came in 16th in the same event with a time of 16:07.57. The Tigers had four swimmers earn berths in the final heats of the 200 Breast. Senior Roger Ward led the group with a 14th-plac finish behind a time of 2:06.33. Classmate Nate LeRoy took 20th with a time of 2:05.97 while freshman Cody Burkard earned 26th with a time of 2:07.56. Coming in 31st was freshman Cameron Franke, who clocked in at 2:10.32.

    The 200 Fly saw sophomore Dai Wilson come in at 22nd with a time of 1:54.56 while junior Sean Dunnigantook 26th with a time of 1:53.91. Junior RJ Barton finished with a time of 1:55.90, good for 30th.

    Freshman Cooper Rogers clocked in at 46.40 to finish 27th in the 100 Free while sophomore Taylor Mooreearned 29th place in the same event with a time of 46.55.

    The 400 Free Relay team, made up of junior Kevin Schirmer, Moore, freshman Casey Fleming, and Rogers, claimed seventh with a time of 3:02.91.

    On Friday, Simkovic took 10th in the 400 IM with a time of 3:58.11. He topped his previous season-best mark of 4:05.71 by more than seven seconds.

    Rogers also claimed a top-10 finish behind a 50.04 time in the 100 Back, swimming more than a second faster than his previous season-best time. Right behind him was Fleming, who clocked in at 51.15 to finish 13th.

    Also finishing in the top 20 were Franke and LeRoy, who claimed 18th and 19th, respectively, in the 100 Breast. Franke touched the wall at 57.60, just three-tenths of a second faster than LeRoy.

    The 400 IM finals saw three other Tigers swim strong races as Ward took 21st with a time of 4:06.16 while Dunnigan finished 30th and freshman Jeff Peters placed 31st with times of 4:13.66 and 4:18.07, respectively.

    Burkard touched the wall at 1:00.15 in the 100 Breast, good for 31st, while sophomore DJ Schilling took 32nd in the same event with a time of 1:00.30.

    The 200 Medley Relay team, made up of Rogers, Schirmer, Byers, and Fleming, finished ninth with a time of 1:33.12. Sophomore Hans Peters, Simkovic, Moore, and Rogers earned the Tigers a seventh-place finish in the 800 Free Relay with a time of 6:56.35.

    On Thursday, Simkovic paced the men's squad with a 17th-place finish in the 200 IM as he clocked in at 1:51.45. He topped his previous season-best by more than three seconds in the process.

    Other top-32 finishers for the Tigers included Schirmer, who came in 29th in the 50 Free at 21.18, junior RJ Barton, who came in 31st in the 200 IM at 1:55.04, and Fleming, who came in 31st in the 50 Free at 21.24.

    Just missing out on berths in final heats were Byers, who finished 33rd in the 200 IM at 1:55.26, and Chandler, who finished 34th in the 500 Free at 4:37.33. Rogers earned a 37th-place finish in the 50 Free, clocking in at 21.35, while Moore finished a spot behind him with a time of 21.38.

    The 200 Free Relay team, made up of Schirmer, Moore, Fleming, and Rogers, earned a sixth-place finish with a time of 1:22.57. Rogers, Schirmer, Byers, and Moore comprised the 400 Medley Relay squad that took eighth with a time of 3:25.24.

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