SANTA BARBARA, Calif. - The Pacific Tigers took home another meet win on total points in their second meet in as many days this weekend with the women defeating Santa Barbara 158-120. The men went into the final relay with whichever team won taking the meet. Pacific's team of Mitchell Ongstad, Yahav Shahaf, Stewart Harrison, and Miles MacKenzie won the event handily but were disqualified due to what was called an early exchange. That left the Tigers with a loss on the men's side, 147-140.
"I'm very proud of the women, they really just outswam [Santa Barbara]" said Head Coach Peter Richardson. "I'm proud of the men too but that was pretty heartbreaking, it stings."
The women's team won eight of the 13 swimming events on the day, starting with Taylor Hosmer winning the 200 Free by almost three full seconds with her time of 1:50.80. Becca Aguilar took third in that event, swimming 1:53.16 to finish just two-hundredths of a second behind Santa Barbara's Catherine Boles.
The men also finished first and third in that event, with MacKenzie winning it with his 1:39.02 time and Goeran Meendering swimming a 1:40.02 to take third. MacKenzie also won the 100 Free with his time of 45.13 to finish ahead of Ongstad's 45.32, which was good enough for second place.
In the 400 Medley Relay, the men's team of Makoa Haneberg, Lane Goedhart, Shahaf, and Harrison won with a 3:16.30 time. The women's team of Cai Hong Singh, Whitney Jorgensen, Kenna Ramey, and Vaiva Gimbutyte took second with their 3:47.15 time.
Haneberg would also win the 100 Back, swimming a 48.77. Jorgensen and Ramey had individual wins as well, with Jorgensen's 2:03.37 winning the 200 Fly and Ramey's 23.24 winning the 50 Free. Ramey won the 100 Fly with her 54.27 and Jorgensen picked up a 400 IM win with her 4:22.91.
The Tiger men would actually tie for the 50 Free win as Ongstad and Harrison both swam 20.76 in a neck-and-neck race.
Tiger newcomer Angela Gagliardo continued their strong weekends as she won the 200 Breast, swimming a 2:17.84. Fellow freshman Hosmer added a 500 Free win to her 200 Free victory when she swam a 4:57.29. Gagliardo and Hosmer would also finish just behind Jorgensen in the 400 IM with Gagliardo swimming a 4:26.69 and Hosmer swimming a 4:30.01.
Though Pacific's men's team was disqualifed in the 200 Free Relay after what looked to be a multi-second victory, the women's team did take home a win in that event to end the day. Ramey, Aguilar, Gimbutyte, and Meredith Lillie swam a 1:34.89 to comfortably win the event and take the meet.
Pacific's next meet will be on senior day, the final home event of the season. That meet will come on Saturday, January 28 at 1:00 pm at Chris Kjeldsen Pool against UC Santa Cruz.
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