Los Angeles, Calif. – The Pacific swim team completed the first day of the three day A3 Performance Invitational with a bang, setting five new season-best times. The day saw Pacific swim in the 500 Free, the 200 IM, and the 50 Free prelims in the morning and the 200 Free Relay and 400 Medley Relay in the afternoon against a multitude of other schools on both the men's and women's side. The night also saw the finals of the 500 Free, 200 IM, and 50 Free.
A year of strong distance swims continued for Jana Burkard, who finished third in the 500 Free to start the day. Burkard finished in 4:54.52 in the prelims, the fastest time this year for the Tigers. Burkard followed that up with a 4:56.15 in the finals later that day.
Lee Ward was the fastest in the pool for Pacific in the men's 500 Free prelims, finishing in 4:33.81. That time gave Ward the fastest 500 Free finish this season for the Tigers, shaving an impressive 11 seconds off the previous best. In the finals, Ward recorded a 4:35.54, the second-best time this year.
Whitney Jorgensen blew by the competition with a 2:01.78 in the 200 IM, a new personal high and the best time for Pacific this year by 4.4 seconds. Jorgensen finished second in the event by just .06 seconds in the prelims before getting third with a time of 2:00.87 in the finals, besting her prelims time for a new season-best and coming just .18 away from setting Pacific's all-time fastest time.
Cristina Mardones also had a strong showing in the 200 IM, finishing with a time of 2:04.06. Mardones' time bested this year's previous high for Pacific and would have been the second-fastest time last year. In the finals, Mardones had a time of 2:02.05, even faster than her prelim. Mardones and Jorgensen combined for the four fastest times in the 200 IM by the Tigers so far this year.
Leading the way in the men's 200 IM was Curtis Klein, who finished in 1:51.48. Klein now has all five of the fastest times in the 200 IM for the Tigers, as that time topped his previous best this season.
Kenna Ramey put up an impressive time of 23.55 in the 50 Free, her best time of the year in that event. Her finals time was even better, coming in at 23.41. On the men's side, Yahav Shahaff had Pacific's fastest time in the prelims, finishing in 20.79, and the fastest in the finals at 20.54. Josh Owens came close, finishing a few spots back of Shahaff with a time of 21.17.
The day resumed at 5:00 pm with the relay races and the finals for all earlier events. The men's team of Shahaff, Owens, Stewart Harrison, and Miles MacKenzie finished the 200 Free Relay with a time of 1:21.85. The Tigers second team of Jared Vu, Lane Goedhart, Brandon Presswood, and Craig finished in 1:24.41. For the women, the team of Ramey, Vaiva Gimbutyte, Cai Hong Singh, and Meredith Lillie had the best time in the 200 Free Relay, finishing in 1:34.84.
Tomorrow's meet will feature the 400 IM, the 100 Fly, the 200 Free, the 100 Breast, and the 100 Back, as well as the 200 Medley Relay and 800 Free Relay. Prelims will begin at 9:00 am, with the finals and relays beginning at 5:00 pm.
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