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Stockton, Calif. - Pacific once again sent a swimmer to the NCAAs thanks to sophomore Kenna Ramey's blazing 52.57 time in the 100 Fly at the MPSF Championships. It is the second year in a row that Pacific has sent at least one swimmer to the NCAAs after sending Margaux Verger Gourson last year.
Ramey broke a 13-year-old Pacific record with her 100 Fly time. The previous record had belonged to Shannon Catalano, who was inducted this year to the Pacific Hall of Fame. Catalano swam a 53.23 in 2003. A native of Federal Way, Wash., Ramey also led Pacific in the 50 Free this year with a 22.91 swim, just a few tenths of a second off the school record.
In addition to Ramey's record-breaking swim, the Tigers broke nine other school records this year. Five relay teams broke records and five individuals, including Ramey. The team of Makoa Haneberg, Yahav Shahaff, Jared Vu, and Mitchell Ongstad swam a 1:26.80 in the 200 Medley Relay to set a new Pacific record. The 800 Free Relay team of Miles MacKenzie, Georan Meendering, Brandon Presswood, and Curtis Klein also broke a school record with a 6:28.52. Shahaff, Ongstad, Casey Fleming, and MacKenzie swam a 1:18.92 to break Pacific's previous record as well.
Shahaff nearly made the NCAAs as well, falling just one-tenth of a second short of the mark needed in the 100 Breast despite being just a freshman. Shahaff's time was the third-best by any freshman in the nation.
Both the men and women broke the 400 Medley Relay records. Cai Hong Singh, Cristina Mardones, Kenna Ramey, and Vaiva Gimbutyte broke the women's record with a 3:40.39. The men's team of Haneberg, Shahaff, Vu, and MacKenzie swam a 3:12.77 to break the record. Of the 20 slots on the record-breaking relay teams, 18 of those were filled by underclassmen.
Individually, Shahaff broke two school records. The freshman swam a 1:58.54 in the 200 Breast to break Filip Wronski's 13-year-old record. Shahaff also broke the nine-year-old record in the 100 Breast with a 52.97, winning the MPSFs and blasting past David Dunn's previous-record 54.35.
Haneberg set a school record in the 100 Back, swimming a 48.15. Meendering also broke the previous school record of 48.39 with a 48.16 but was just barely bested by Haneberg, a freshman.
Whitney Jorgensen's 2:00.91 in the 200 IM broke Ja-Neil Bragg's 2007 school-record of 2:00.69. Jorgensen's time made the NCAA "B" cut time as well.
Jorgensen's "B" cut was one of 18 such times for the Tigers. Jorgensen also made that mark in the 400 IM with a 4:16.32.
Ramey swam two NCAA "B" times, coming in the 50 Free and 100 Fly. Singh and Mardones also reached that mark for the women, with Singh making it in the 100 Fly and Mardones making it in the 200 IM.
For the men, Shahaff and MacKenzie each swam three NCAA "B" times. Shahaff made it in the 50 Free, 100 Breast, and 200 Breast. MacKenzie made it in the 50 Free, 100 Free, and 200 Free. Haneberg also made two "B" cuts in his freshman year, reaching that mark in the 100 Fly and the 100 Back. Stewart Harrison, Klein, and Vu all made one "B" cut: Harrison in the 100 Fly, Klein in the 200 Back, and Vu in the 100 Fly.
The NCAAs will start March 17 for the women, with the men's NCAAs beginning March 24.
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