Men's Swimming Opens 2012-13 Campaign At California
Date: Wednesday, Oct. 10
Time: 1:00 p.m.
Site: Spieker Aquatics Center (at California)
The Pacific men's swimming team will open its 2012-13 campaign Wednesday, Oct. 10, facing two-time defending national champion California in Berkeley at 1 p.m.
It is the first dual meet of the season for both squads, and will provide an early look at the Tigers under first-year head coach Peter Richardson. Richardson, a four-year letter winner at Pacific from 1999-2003, was named the program's head coach last March.
"One of the most exciting things is how energetic and enthusiastic these swimmers are," Richardson said. "There is so much positivity on the pool deck, and everyone is working really hard."
Pacific returns 20 letter winners from last year's squad that took seventh at the MPSF Championships. The Tigers bade farewell to 10 swimmers at the end of last season and added six newcomers that will provide depth for the team in each event. Senior captain Zachary Zlotoff leads a diverse group of six seniors that will provide leadership at experience in each event.
Junior Oliver Simkovic returns for his third season at Pacific after collecting a pair of conference titles at last year's league championships. Sophomore Brandon Chandler will lead the Tigers' distance freestyle group while junior Taylor Moore and sophomore Casey Fleming will pace Pacific's sprint freestylers. Junior Dai Wilson has also impressed during preseason workouts and projects to have a great season swimming the butterfly.
The Golden Bears welcome back three individual NCAA champions from last season in senior Tom Shields (100 Fly and 100 Back), junior Marcin Tarczynski (200 IM) and sophomore Will Hamilton (200 Fly). Also returning are five members from national champion relay groups in what is one of the deepest squads in the nation."Opening up with California is a tremendous challenge and opportunity for our team," Richardson said. "We'll look to hit our paces and make sure we swim well. It's an opportunity to swim a fantastic team and will help us prepare mentally for situations where we're going to swim our own races."