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Swimming Wraps Up First Half Of Season At UNLV Winter Invitational

Dec 13, 2012

For the first time in nearly a month, the Pacific swimming teams will be back in action when they take part in the UNLV Winter Invitational held over three days in Las Vegas, Nev., beginning this Saturday, Dec. 15.

The meet is formatted like a championship meet in that the morning sessions will see preliminary swims before the top swimmers advance to the night session to decide the winners. It will give Pacific an early feel for the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Championships this February.

The Tigers last competed back on Nov. 17 when they welcomed Fresno Pacific and UC Santa Cruz to Kjeldsen Pool for a tri-meet. The men's squad defeated Fresno Pacific, 168-93, and UC Santa Cruz, 202-60, while the women also collected a pair of victories, downing the Sunbirds, 153-104, and the Banana Slugs, 189-69. 

Pacific's women's team collected 10 event titles and 26 top-three finishes at the tri-meet. Senior Jenna Chaplin, junior Hayley Shillington and freshman Cristina Mardones were the three Tigers who won multiple events. Chaplin won the 200 Fly (2:10.23) and the 500 Free (5:13.99), Shillington took first in the 100 Back (59.44) and the 100 Free (52.51) and Mardones placed first in the 200 Breast (2:21.00) and swam the fastest time in the 400 IM (4:32.50).

The men's side was equally impressive, racking up 10 first-place finishes and a total of 24 top-three placements. Junior Oliver Simkovic and sophomore Cooper Rogers both accounted for a pair of event titles to pace the men. Simkovic won the 200 Back (1:55.70) and the 400 IM (4:12.66) while Rogers came in first in the 100 Back (51.23) and the 100 Free (46.53).

Real-time results of the UNLV Winter Invitational can be found here.

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