Pacific Hosts UC Santa Cruz, Fresno Pacific In Tri-Meet
After a three-week hiatus, the Pacific swimming teams are back in the pool this Saturday, Nov. 17, when they play host to UC Santa Cruz and Fresno Pacific in a tri-meet. The action will get underway at noon at Kjeldsen Pool.
The Tigers last competed on Oct. 27 as both the men's and women's squads dropped dual meets to Mountain Pacific Sports Federation rival CSU Bakersfield. The men were outscored, 160-123, while the women were edged, 156, 132.
On the men's side, juniors Oliver Simkovic and Dai Wilson collected a pair of first-place finishes versus the Roadrunners as Simkovic won the 200 Back (1:52.40) and the 200 IM (1:55.56) while Wilson took first in the 100 Fly (50.05) and the 200 Fly (1:54.96). Sophomore Cameron Franke accounted for the Tigers' fifth event title, taking the top spot in the 100 Breast with a time of 58.19.
Pacific's women were equally impressive, claiming wins in eight of the meet's 14 events. Junior Hayley Shillington had a monster day in the pool, claiming wins in the 100 Free (52.76), the 200 Free (1:51.09) and the 500 Free (5:02.85). The Tigers went 1-2-3 in the 100 Breast, led by freshman Cristina Mardones's time of 1:06.00. Mardones also finished first in both the 200 Breast (2:23.25) and the 200 IM (2:05.46). Senior Allie Vetterlein won the 100 Fly with a time of 57.53 while sophomore Dekel Shahaff placed first in the 100 Back (58.14).
The Tigers have multiple swimmers whose times rank in the top ten in the MPSF. On the women's side, Mardones's mark of 2:05.46 in the 200 IM is the top time in that event while Shillington's 200 Free time (1:51.09) ranks second. Shillington has a second top-10 time in the 500 Free, ranking sixth with a time of 5:02.85 while Mardones ranks eighth in the 200 Breast (2:22.00) and 10th in the 100 Breast (1:05.23). Vetterlein also owns a top-five time, ranking fifth in the 200 IM with a time of 2:08.23.
Simkovic paces the men's team with two top-five times, ranking fifth in both the 200 Back (1:50.92) and the 400 IM (4:04.74). Wilson has Pacific's other top-five mark, ranking fourth in the 100 Fly with a time of 50.05.
Saturday's meet wraps up the Fall portion of Pacific's schedule as the team will now prepare for its annual training trip in mid-December. This year's trip will see the Tigers travel to Las Vegas, Nev., where they will compete in the UNLV Invitational from Dec. 15-17. After the three-day event, Pacific will stay in Las Vegas for a week of training in preparation for the remainder of their season.