Los Angeles, Calif. - Completing action at the 2013 Arena Invitational, the Tiger swim team posted career best times throughout the evening finals to set themselves up for the second half of the season. Overall, the women's swim team finished in sixth place while the men took home a third place finish.
"We swam much better at the midseason point this year than last year so I fell like we are moving in the right direction," said head coach Peter Richardson. "I was very happy with the way we swam this weekend and it is a great stepping stone for the second half. We have a lot of work still to put in but I am happy where we are at at this point in the season."
Leading the way for the Tigers in the pool was sophomore Cristina Mardones who posted the second best individual point total in the meet as the second-year Tiger ended with 86 points. For the day, Maradones posted a second place finish in the 200 Breast with a time of 2:16.85. Her time marked a career best time for the young swimmer and sat just off the school record for the event.
Joining Mardones at the top of the team standings, freshman Margaux Verger Gourson continued her stellar first season in the pool for Pacific as she took home the title in the 1650 Free on the third day of action. Verger Gourson completed the mile in a time of 16:36.47. The win was her second of the weekend after winning the 500 Free as well earlier in the meet and proved to be special as she competed in the invite with no prior rest. The freshman has been preparing for the Euro championships in December where she will compete for France in the 400 and 800 Free.
Outside of the two top swimmers the Tigers also posted season-best times in the relay events throughout the weekend. In four of five events the Tiger women posted better times at the midway point of the 2013-14 season than they posted in the MPSF Championships a season prior.
On the men's side of the meet the Tigers were led by senior Oliver Simkovic who posted the fifth best individual score at the invitational. During the final day of action, Simkovic picked up important points for the Tigers in 200 Back where he finished second with a time of 1:47.46. Earlier in the meet the senior had taken home the individual win in the 200 IM on day one of meet.
A day after picking up a second place finish for the Tigers in the 100 Fly, Dai Wilson was at it again as he took second in the 200 Fly with a time of 1:49.39. A Fly specialist, Wilson also performed well in the 50 Free to help earn the Tigers crucial points.
Throughout the meet the Tigers picked up clutch performances out of a handful of different swimmers especially out of junior Cooper Rogers who was the lone Tiger to swim in all five of the relays for Pacific. Freshman Curtis Klein finished third in the 200 Back right behind Simkovic while junior Brandon Chandler posted a mile time of 15:43.38, faster than he went at the MPSF Championships last season setting him up for the rest of the season.
Pacific is back in the pool after the break on Jan. 11 when the men head to Stanford for a dual meet at 11:00 am.