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Women's Swimming Hosts MPSF Foe UC Davis Saturday

Jan 11, 2012

The Pacific women's swimming team will welcome Mountain Pacific Sports Federation foe UC Davis to Kjeldsen Pool for a dual meet Saturday, Jan. 14, at 1 p.m.

The Tigers last competed in their home pool Nov. 5, 2011, dominating conference teams Cal State Bakersfield and Seattle U. Pacific is undefeated in home meets when scored directly against opposing teams.

UC Davis brings with it a little more firepower, however. The Aggies are the defending MPSF champions and currently own a 7-2 mark in dual meets, including a perfect 4-0 record against conference teams. Pacific faced UC Davis in its first dual meet of the season back in October. The Aggies prevailed 180-106.

"We're looking forward to giving UC Davis a very close meet," said Barrios. "We had a lot of close races back in October, and we are hoping that those close races go in our favor this time around."

The women's team is coming off of its second meet in four days after competing at No. 6 Stanford last Saturday, Jan. 7. The Tigers spent 10 days training in Maui, Hawaii, over the holidays, competing in an exhibition match with the University of Alberta on Jan. 4. Despite the intense training and quick turnaround, Pacific saw numerous swimmers impress against Stanford.

"The team's performance against Stanford was probably one of the better performances we've had at Pacific against an opponent of that caliber," interim head coach Gus Barrios said. "We had numerous swimmers post in-season bests, which was great to see after such hard training."

Junior Mallory McGowan took first place in the 100 Breast with a time of 1:05.42. The win was her third event title of the season. She also finished third in the 200 Breast with a time of 2:25.38. She was awarded MPSF Women's Swimmer of the Week honors for her impressive showing against the Cardinal.

Sophomore MaryElla Randall came in third in the 50 Free, stopping the clock at 24.76. Classmate Hayley Shillington's time of 55.20 in the 100 Free was also good for third.

Junior Jenna Chaplin's time of 58.47 in the 100 Fly topped her previous in-season best of 58.89. SophomoreBo Cameron cut more than one second off of her previous in-season best time in the 200 Free, clocking in at 1:56.67. Fellow second-year Shannon Van Konynenburg set new in-season bests in three events. Her times in the 100 Free (55.97), 500 Free (5:14.12), and 1000 Free (11:00.01) all topped her previous high marks.

A number of women's swimmers have times in their respective events that rank among the top in the conference. Randall's mark of 23.31 in the 50 Free is good for fourth. Senior Elena Walterman and freshmanDekel Shahaf both rank in the 100 Fly. Walterman's time of 55.54 is good for fourth while Shahaf's time of 55.64 is good for sixth. McGowan ranks sixth in the 100 Breast with a time of 1:03.77 while sophomore Shelby Bolin ranks seventh in the 200 Back with a time of 2:02.75. Senior Jayme Swalin's times of 4:58.20 in the 500 Free and 17:16.08 in the 1650 Free rank eighth, respectively.

Four Tigers can find their names among the top 200 in their respective events. Randall's mark of 23.31 in the 50 Free ranks 117th while McGowan ranks 153rd in the 100 Breast with a time of 1:03.77. Walterman Shahaf both rank in the 100 Fly. Walterman's time of 55.54 is good for 152nd while Shahaf's time of 55.64 is good for 167th. Pacific's 200 Medley Relay team ranks 43rd with a time of 1:42.78. Their respective Free Relay squads rank 75th (800; 7:34.87), 83rd (200; 1:35.59), and 92nd (400; 3:29.54).

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