Swimming Impresses On Day Three Of MPSF Championships
Pacific Swimming had an impressive showing on Day Three of the 2012 Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Championships Friday, Feb. 17, at East Los Angeles Community College.
Sophomore Oliver Simkovic continued his strong postseason performance with a win in the 400 IM. He finished with a time of 3:52.28, giving him an NCAA qualification time in that event.
Freshman Dekel Shahaf also earned an NCAA qualification time, finishing second in the 100 Fly with a mark of 54.55. She also took fifth in the 100 Back, clocking in at 56.23.
The men's squad had three top-10 finishers in the 100 Back, led by freshman Cooper Rogers' time of 49.76, which was good for fifth. Right behind him was fellow freshman Casey Fleming, who came in at 49.86. SeniorKevin Byers won the consolation final with a time of 49.65.
Byers added a sixth-place finish in the 100 Fly, touching the wall at 48.65.
Sophomore Hayley Shillington and junior Mallory McGowan recorded the Tigers' other two top-eight finishes. Shillington came in seventh in the 200 Free with a time of 1:51.21 while McGowan placed eighth in the 100 Breast behind a mark of 1:03.70.
The women's 400 IM saw freshmen Kelsey Crowder and Shannon Mack finish 18th and 19th, respectively. Crowder clocked in at 4:32.55 while Mack came in at 4:33.74.
Junior Allie Vetterlein paced three Tigers to top-20 finishes in the women's 100 Fly, coming in at 55.99, good for 11th. Classmate Jenna Chaplin finished 13th (56.89) while junior Becca Wyant finished 19th (57.33).
Sophomore Dai Wilson took 17th in the men's 100 Fly behind a time of 49.35.
The women's 200 Free saw four Pacific swimmers finish in the top 20. Senior Jayme Swalin placed 16th with a time of 1:53.32 while sophomore Bo Cameron finished 18th with a time of 1:53.37. Sophomore Shannon Van Konynenburg took 19th (1:53.94) while sophomore Lydia Schramm came in 20th (1:54.41).
Sophomore Taylor Moore came in 15th in the men's 200 Free, stopping the clock at 1:40.92. Rogers was right behind him, coming in at 1:42.93.
Senior Lia Santini's time of 1:05.63 was good for 17th in the 100 Breast. Mack took 23rd with a time of 1:10.61.
The men's 100 Breast saw Ward claim his second top-15 finish, coming in 13th behind a time of 57.33. Freshman Cody Burkard (57.27), senior Nathan LeRoy (57.61), and junior Jonathan Alves (57.82) finished 17th, 19th, and 20th, respectively.
Sophomore Shelby Bolin finished 11th in the women's 100 Back behind a time of 57.54. Freshman Annie Sumioka's time of 58.61 was good for 15th while Wyant came in 19th (58.87).
The women's 200 Free Relay, made up of sophomore MaryElla Randall, Sumioka, Swalin, and McGowan, finished sixth with a time of 1:35.26. Their male counterparts, Fleming, Rogers, freshman Balazs Erdelyi, and Moore, placed seventh behind a time of 1:22.35.
With one day left in the meet, the women are in sixth with 185 points while the men are ninth with 152 points. The meet resumes tomorrow morning at 10:30 a.m.