Berkeley, Calif. - The Pacific men's swim team couldn't overcome nationally-ranked California Friday night in the first dual meet of the year, losing on the road in total points. The men will next be in action at the Pacific Invitational, which begins Friday, October 21 at 7:00 pm. The women's team starts their season today at 4:30 pm at Cal State East Bay before coming home for the Pacific Invitational.
Mitchell Ongstad and Curtis Klein each came away with third-place finishes for the best placing of the day for the Tigers against Cal, which ended last season ranked second in the nation. Ongstad swam a 20.98 in the 50 Free while Klein swam a 1:49.72 in the 200 Back, more than five seconds ahead of fourth place.
Klein also had the best time of any Tiger in the 100 Back with his 51.34, which was less than two-tenths of a second behind third place. He swam a 1:56.15 in the 200 IM for the best time of any Tiger as well.
In the 200 Free, Josh Owens had Pacific's top time with a 1:43.61. That was just barely ahead of Miles MacKenzie, who swam a 1:44.26. MacKenzie also swam a 46.84 in the 100 Free while Owens put up a 46.98 in that event. It was Stewart Harrison who had the best time of the Tigers in the 100 Free at 46.31.
In the 100 Breast, Yahav Shahaff swam a 58.24 after setting the school record last year in that event. Freshman Brandon Reno, who also had a 2:15.79 in the 200 Breast, was just two seconds behind Shahaff in the 100.
Jared Vu swam the 200 Fly in 1:56.54, the only Tiger to come under two minutes. Vu's 100 Fly time of 50.01 was also the best by a Tiger, coming just one second away from third place.
Nick Zachmeier was the lone Tiger swimming in the 1000 Free and came away with a time of 10:37.28. He also swam the 500 Free, finishing best among the Tigers with a 5:07.28.
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