Swimming Hosts 21st Annual Pacific Invitational
The Pacific swimming team will host the 21st annual Pacific Invitational this Friday and Saturday, Oct. 19-20, in its first home meet of the 2012-13 season. The meet will get underway at 1 p.m. on Friday before resuming at 10 a.m. on Saturday.
The Tigers will welcome BYU, San Diego State, Stanford, UC Davis and UC Santa Cruz to Kjeldsen Pool over the weekend. Friday will see both of Pacific's squads compete against San Diego State's women's team and both of BYU's programs. UC Santa Cruz's men's and women's teams, along with the women from UC Davis and the men from Stanford, will join the fray on Saturday.
Pacific's men's squad opened their season with a dual meet at California on Oct. 10. The Tigers fell to the Golden Bears, 141-107, but had numerous swimmers impress in their first meet of the 2012-13 campaign. Junior Oliver Simkovic placed second in the 200 Back with a time of 1:50.92. Sophomore Cameron Franke and junior Dai Wilson both snagged fourth-place finishes as Franke finished the 100 Breast with a time of 58.17 while Wilson clocked in at 1:58.08 in the 200 Fly.
For the Tigers' women's team, the Pacific Invite marks their first competition of the season. Pacific returns 18 letter winners from last year's squad and adds four newcomers. Captained by senior Jenna Chaplin, the Tigers have the depth and experience to make the 2012-13 campaign one to remember. Returning are junior MaryElla Randall, who will lead Pacific's sprint freestyle group, along with junior Shelby Bolin and sophomore Dekel Shahaff, who are two of the MPSF's top backstrokers. Junior Hayley Shillington will anchor the Tigers' mid-distance freestyle group while senior Mallory McGowan will look to solidify her spot as one of the league's best breaststrokers.
Fans of Pacific Swimming will have a new way to follow their team this year as all home meets will be video streamed live over the Internet at PacificTigers.com. The Pacific Invitational webpage can be found here while the record book can be found here.