Swimming Readies For MPSF Championships
After a season full of intense competition and tough training sessions, the Pacific swimming teams will lay everything on the line this week at the 2013 Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Championships, held at East Los Angeles College in Monterey Park. The meet gets underway Wednesday, Feb. 20, and concludes on Saturday, Feb. 23.
Pacific's women finished sixth at last year's championship meet while the Tigers' men's squad placed seventh. Under first-year head coach Peter Richardson, who won two conference championships as a swimmer at Pacific, the Tigers will look to increase their performances across the board.
Junior Oliver Simkovic highlighted Pacific's showing last season, winning both the 200 Back and the 400 IM. He claimed NCAA B-cuts in both events, finishing with marks of 1:45.65 in the 200 Back and 3:52.28 in the 400 IM. The Austrian native also earned an NCAA qualifying time in the 200 IM, clocking in at 1:48.52, good for fourth. Sophomore Brandon Chandler was the other Tiger to collect an NCAA B-cut last year, finishing second at the meet in the 1650 Free with a time of 15:27.09. Fellow sophomores Cooper Rogers and Casey Fleming also recorded top-eight finishes at last year's championships, taking fifth and sixth in the 100 Back.
Rogers clocked in at 49.76 while Fleming was right behind him at 49.86. On the women's side, sophomore Dekel Shahaff's runner-up finish in the 100 Fly paced a strong showing from Pacific last year. Her mark of 54.55 was good for an NCAA B-cut, while her time of 56.23 in the 100 Back saw her take fifth. Junior Hayley Shillington has arguably been Pacific's most consistent swimmer on the year. She will look to improve upon last season's times of 1:51.21 in the 200 Free and 4:52.90 in the 500 Free, good for seventh and ninth, respectively. In her final appearance at the conference championships, senior Mallory McGowan will hope to add more top-eight finishes to what has been a stellar career in Stockton.
She placed eighth in both the 100 Breast and the 200 Breast last season, finishing with respective times of 1:03.70 and 2:20.13. Fans can watch the action live here, while live results are available here.