Berkeley, Calif. - Opening the new 2013-14 season, the Pacific men's swim team swam well against the Cal Golden Bears on Thursday, Oct. 3 in dual meet action in Berkeley, Calif. The Bears came out ahead in the meet 149-104 as the two-teams met to open the year for the second-consecutive season.
"I was very happy with our progress," stated head coach Peter Richardson. "We swam against (Cal) last year and had two second place finishes. This year we had a couple of second place finishes but we also won two events, which was really good."
Taking on one of the top teams in the country and the winner of two of the last three NCAA championships, the Tigers came out looking to see where they stacked up against the Bears and the nation's best. For Pacific, the day proved to be a successful showing in its growth back into one of the top programs on the West Coast. Proving themselves against the best, the Tigers saw junior Cameron Franke and freshman Curtis Klein put their names at the top of their respective events to give Pacific a pair of victories.
Franke got the Tigers on the board for the first time on the day when the junior took home the 100 Breaststroke in the fifth event of the day. The third-year Tiger finished the event with a time of 58.00 to beat out Cal's Ryan Studebaker by :08 seconds at the wall. Klein, in his first collegiate meet, out-touched the competition in the 200 Backstroke as the first-year Tiger posted a time of 1:50.53. His time beat out Cal's Jeremie Dezwirek by four-tenths of a second for Pacific's second win of the afternoon.
"We had a freshman win the 200 backstroke in Curtis Klein which was an excellent performance for a freshman," said Richardson" "Also we had Cameron Franke win the 100 Breaststroke. Those two were excellent and Cooper Rogers also swam really well in the 200 Free." Rogers finshed the event with a time of 1:43.26 just a few second off of his personal best mark set last season.
"We had some excellent support out of our fans that came down including some of the women's team showing great pride in the program. I was very proud of the way we swam against a team like Cal who has won two of the last three NCAA championships and it is a stepping-stone to a very long season."
The Tigers will be back in the pool on Oct. 18-19 as they host the Pacific Invitational at Chris Kjeldsen Pool. Both the men and the women will be in the pool as the Tigers swim for the first time at home beginning at 1:00 pm on the 18th.