Women's Swimming Readies For MPSF Championships
It all comes down to this. After a season of hard training and intense competition, the Tigers are ready to lay it all on the line.
The Pacific women's swimming team will journey to Los Angeles for the 2012 Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Championships beginning Wednesday, Feb. 15, and ending Saturday, Feb. 18. Held this year at East Los Angeles Community College, the meet will be the Tigers' last chance to earn NCAA qualification times.
Pacific will see 10 of its swimmers compete in the 500 Free, led by senior Jayme Swalin's time of 4:58.20. Swalin has won the event at three different meets this season, including the Tigers' season-opening dual meet at conference foe UC Davis. Junior Jenna Chaplin (5:02.88) and sophomore Hayley Shillington (5:03.65) also enter the event with solid resumes. Chaplin took second in the 500 Free at the Tri Meet on Jan. 21 while Shillington won the event at home against UC Davis on Jan. 14. She also added three runner-up finishes on the year.
Junior Allie Vetterlein leads a trio of swimmers in the 200 IM behind a season-best time of 2:07.29. She claimed event titles in four different meets, including wins over UC Davis on Oct. 6 and CSU Bakersfield on Oct. 29. Freshman Kelsey Crowder (2:13.12) will experience her first conference meet, having notched a second-place finish and two third-place finishes this season.
The Tigers will swim six in the 50 Free, including sophomore MaryElla Randall, who finished fourth last season. Randall (23.31) finished first in the 50 Free in four different meets while adding five runner-up finishes. Freshman Dekel Shahaf (24.16) has had an impressive first year at Pacific, notching a second-place finish and a third-place finish in the 50 Free in just four competition swims. Junior Becca Wyant (24.48) came in second in the event once and finished third three times.
Crowder owns Pacific's best time in the 400 IM this season at 4:36.01. The freshman finished third against UC Santa Barbara on Jan. 27 and fourth at Nevada on Oct. 28. Classmates Kelsey Boreyko (4:40.45) and Shannon Mack (4:41.72) have top finishes of third and fourth, respectively.
Shahaf leads four swimmers in the 100 Fly, owning a time of 55.64. She took first place in two different meets while adding three runner-up finishes. Chaplin (56.29) added a trio of fourth-place finishes this season while Vetterlein (57.60) owns one event title and two runner-up finishes.
Eight Tigers will swim the 200 Free, paced by Shillington's time of 1:51.91. Swimming the event in all of Pacific's meets this season, she amassed five event wins and two runner-up finishes. Classmate Bo Cameron (1:52.98) had a season-best third-place finish at the Quad Meet on Nov. 5 while Swalin (1:53.46) had a pair of second-place finishes on the year.
Junior Mallory McGowan (1:03.77) has been extremely impressive this season, never finishing outside of the top four in meets featuring three or less teams. She owns four first-place finishes and three runner-up finishes. Senior Lia Santini (1:08.13) came in fourth in two different meets, including the Tigers' final dual meet against UC Santa Barbara on Jan. 27.
Shahaf leads five swimmers in the 100 Back, owning a season-best time of 56.76. The freshman won the event at the Quad Meet on Nov. 5 while taking second in three other meets. Sophomore Shelby Bolin (57.53) swam the 100 Back in every meet this season, taking second three times and third twice.
Pacific will swim six in the 1650 Free, led by Swalin's season-best time of 10:24.54. The senior has a season-best finish of fourth against UC Davis on Jan. 14. Boreyko (10:34.85) and Schramm (10:40.46) added respective finishes of second and fifth this year.
Bolin had an impressive year in the 200 Back, owning a season-best time of 2:02.75. She won the event three times while adding three runner-up finishes. Shahaf (2:04.97) came in second against CSU Bakersfield on Oct. 29 and took third three different times.
The Tigers will enter five swimmers in the 100 Free, led by Randall's time of 52.65. The sophomore had a great year in the 100 Free, amassing four event titles, including two first-place finishes to close out the season. Cameron also swam a 52.65, except her time came in the opening leg of the 400 Free Relay at the Arena Invitational.
McGowan leads a trio of swimmers in the 200 Breast, owning a season-best time of 2:20.62. The junior took first place in four different meets while adding three runner-up finishes. Santini (2:28.48) took second at the Tri Meet on Jan. 21 and third against CSU Bakersfield on Oct. 29.
Three Pacific swimmers will compete in the 200 Fly, led by Chaplin's season-best time of 2:04.00. She claimed first in two different meets and added two runner-up finishes. Vetterlein (2:07.63) took second in the Quad Meet on Nov. 5 and third against UC Davis on Jan. 14.