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Men's Swimming Ranked In First College Swimming Mid-Major Poll

Nov 18, 2012

The Pacific men's swimming team debuted at No. 25 in the first College Swimming Mid-Major Poll of the 2012-13 season, announced by the organization last Thursday, Nov. 15.

The Tigers' women's squad also received votes in the poll, but was not listed amongst the top 25 teams in the rankings.

Under first-year head coach Peter Richardson, Pacific's swimming program is off to a stellar start after one month of competition. Both teams are coming off of dominating performances against UC Santa Cruz and Fresno Pacific at Kjeldsen Pool last Saturday, Nov. 17. The men's team claimed 10 event titles and 26 top-three finishes while the women finished with 10 first-place showings and 24 top-three marks.

Junior Oliver Simkovic ranks in the top five in the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation in both the 200 Back (1:50.92) and the 400 IM (4:04.74). Classmate Dai Wilson's time of 50.05 in the 100 Fly is good for fourth, while senior Zachary Zlotoff ranks eighth in the 1650 Free (16:27.82) and sophomore Cameron Franke ranks ninth in the 100 Breast (58.17).

On the women's side, freshman Cristina Mardones has the top time in the conference in the 200 IM (2:05.46) while her 200 Breast time (2:22.00) ranks eighth. Junior Hayley Shillington ranks second in the 200 Free (1:51.09) and sixth in the 500 Free (5:02.85). Senior Mallory McGowan's time of 1:04.75 in the 100 Breast and junior MaryElla Randall's mark of 24.20 in the 50 Free both rank seventh.

Pacific will travel to Las Vegas, Nev., for the UNLV Invitational from Dec. 15-17, then stay in Las Vegas for a week of training in preparation for the remainder of their schedule. The Tigers are keeping their eyes on the MPSF Tournament, held in Long Beach at the end of February.

The complete poll can be found here.

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