Swimming and Diving

Swimming Falls At UC Davis, 158-115, To End Regular Season

Cristina Mardones
Cristina Mardones

Davis, Calif. - Taking on a tough Aggie team on the road to finish the regular season, the Pacific women's swim team fell just short in a 158-115 loss on Jan. 31. The women finished the season at 6-3 overall in dual meet action as they head into the MPSF Championships in February.

After just missing the win in the 200 Medley Relay to start the day, the Tigers got on the board in the second event of the day when sophomore Margaux Verger Gourson came up with her third-straight win in the last two weeks in the 1000 Free. The sophomore paced the field with a time of 10:13.35 as she outtouched the Aggies' top swimmer, Marissa Brown, by just under two seconds. The pair finished well out in front of the field as the next closest time came in nearly :30 seconds later. The win in the distance swim was the first of two for Verger Gourson as she would return to the pool for her signature event, the 500 Free, to give Pacific another first place finish.

In the 500 Free, Verger Gourson again out kicked the Brown for the win as she posted a time of 5:01.43 while Brown touched in at 5:04.12. The win by Verger Gourson was her sixth meet victory in the event as she finished her second regular season unbeaten in the event when entered. 

Outside of the second-year distance freestyler, the Tigers saw their young freshman sprinter, Kenna Ramey, pick up a win in the 50 Free as she raced a time of 23.85. She just missed a second win moments later when she jumped back in the pool immediately to swim the 100 Free. Her time of 52.70 was good enough for third place, finishing behind a pair of Aggie swimmers in the event. Ramey would pick up a second-place finish in the 100 Fly a few events later when she posted a time of 56.11.

In addition to the freestylers, Pacific was able to post the top-time in the 100 Breast when junior Cristina Mardones posted a time of 1:05.63 to finish just in front of the Aggies' Hailey Ferko who touched the wall at 1:06.23. 

Pacific will be in the pool for the MPSF Championships from Feb. 18-21 as they look to take home a team title and secure individual bids to the NCAA Championships.