COLUMBUS, Ohio – Six Pacific swimmers combined for five wins and one second place finish on day one of the Ohio State Winter Invitational.
The Men's 200 Free Relay team was stellar as the foursome, which included Mason Miller, Miles MacKenzie, Dylan Toy, and Yahav Shahaf, broke the school record for the event with its 1:17.69 finish. That mark was just seven-hundredths of a second from an automatic qualification to the NCAA Championship meet. Saturday's time currently ranks 11th among all Division I squads.
Kenna Ramey and Miller each claimed a victory in the 100 Fly, Ramey with a personal-best mark of 53.10 and Mason Miller with a time of 46.71. In his prelim Miller clocked a personal-best time of 46.58 en route to a first place finish. His mark also surpassed former program record holder Neil Franka, who set his record earlier this season at the UNLV Invite, by nearly a second and currently ranks 30th among all Division I swimmers.
Semaj Walker broke a 7 year old school record with a first place, 1:01.11 finish in the 100 Breast prelims. The sophomore from Morgan Hill broke a record set by former Tiger swimmer Heidi Schmidt, who swam the event in 1:01:16 during the 2000-01 season. In her final, Walker snagged a second place finish with a time of 1:01.42.
Yahav Shahaf finished second in his prelim, but finished with the nation's 14th fastest time in the 100 Breast. Shahaf knocked off over 1:30 from his prelim time, winning the event in 52.89.
Dylan Toy snagged a second place finish in the 100 Free (44.17) prelim with a time that catapulted him from ninth to second in the MPSF top times list. Toy scratched from the 100 Free final. MacKenzie, who also qualified for the A-final in the 100 Free had an outstanding swim in the final with his time of 43.49 he nearly breaking the current record set by former Pacific swimmer Brad Schumacher (43.17) in 1995.
All six swimmers will compete in the 50 Free, while MacKenzie will also swim the 200 Free the final day of Ohio State Winter Invite.