Tiger Swimming Takes Three Of Four At Fresno State
The Tiger swim team came out on top in three of four meets with the women going one for two and the men sweeping their two contests in four dual meets Saturday at Fresno State.
For the women, the Tigers defeated UC Santa Cruz 212-72 while falling to Fresno State 163-131 as the Bulldogs used their depth in the pool and on the diving board to outpoint the Tigers in the end. The men took home victories over UC Santa Cruz (202-60) and Fresno Pacific (185-93).
Throughout the day the Tiger women picked up top performances out of a slew of different swimmers as Pacific tried to overcome injury and sickness on the road at Fresno State. Pacific got on the board first when junior Jade Morton took home the win in the 1000 Free with a time of 10:26.46. The win was the first of the year for the third-year Tiger, a feat she would nearly repeat in the 500 free if not for a few seconds and her teammate, freshman Margaux Verger Gourson.
Verger Gourson grabbed the win in the 500 Free with a time out 5:04.15, beating out Morton and Fresno State's Lucy Titchin. The win in the 500 Free would be the third of three victories for the freshman Tiger as she also won the 100 Free and the 200 Free earlier in the day.
Outside of Morton and Verger Gourson, the Tigers grabbed victories in the 200 Back and 200 IM. In the Back it was sophomore Haley Preston dominating the field of competitors as she clocked in at 2:03.89, nearly four seconds faster than the second place finisher. In the IM, sophomore Cristina Mardones continued her string of success in the pool winning with a time of 2:06.91, nearly three seconds faster than the competition.
On the other side of the pool, the Tiger men proved to be dominant on the day, posting the top time in 11 of the 14 events they took to the pool in. Senior Dai Wilson grabbed a pair of wins as he took the 100 Free while also kicking off Pacific's 200 Medley Relay victory at the beginning of the meet. Also in the free, freshman Joshua Cutter put his name alongside of the top time twice with the top times in the 50 Free and again in the 400 Medley Relay as the leadoff of the Tigers' team. In both the top medley times, senior Kevin Schirmer swam the second leg of the race to help Pacific's time.
Not to be out done, freshman Kale Ai was part of the 200 Medley Relay team with the top time before taking the top time in the 200 IM with a time of 1:57.81, nearly four seconds faster than the rest of the pack.
The Tigers are back in the pool from Nov. 21-23 at the Arena Invite hosted at East Los Angeles College. Both the men and the women will be in the pool during the all day event.