Tiger Men Have Day For The Record Books

Pacific's 400 Free Relay team finished first to solidify the Tiger's team wins. (Becca Wyant)

Stockton, Calif. - The Pacific men's swim team had a day for the record books Saturday, November 5, defeating Air Force, Cal State Bakersfield, and Seattle U in a quad meet at Kjeldsen Pool.

The Tigers outscored reigning Mountain Pacific Sports Federation champion Cal State Bakersfield 153-108 and crushed both Air Force and Seattle U by scores of 166-96 and 157-105, respectively.

"Our men's team had an incredible showing today," interim head coach Gus Barrios said. "I don't believe we have defeated three teams in one day in quite a while, if ever, and our dual-meet win total is already higher than last year's."

Three different Pacific swimmers claimed event titles on the day. Sophomore Oliver Simkovic touched first in both the 200 Back (1:51.95) and the 200 IM (1:54.94), giving him three wins on the weekend. Senior Kevin Byers won the 100 Fly with a time of 52.04 while freshman Cooper Rogers took first in the 100 Back with a time of 52.20.

The Tigers' 400 Free Relay team, made up of junior Kevin Schirmer, sophomore Hans Peters, sophomore Taylor Moore, and Rogers, clocked in at 3:06.42 to earn first place and solidify Pacific's team victories.

Simkovic also added a second-place finish in the 200 Fly (1:55.21) while freshmen Brandon Chandler took second in the 1000 Free (9:33.63) and Casey Fleming took second in the 100 Back (52.36). Senior Roger Ward's time of 1:56.23 in the 200 IM was also good for second.

Pacific had numerous swimmers earn third-place finishes on the day, including Schirmer in the 50 Free (21.63), Rogers in the 100 Free (47.01), and Ward in the 200 Breast (2:09.47). Also taking third in their respective events were freshman Cameron Franke in the 100 Breast (59.20) and sophomore Dai Wilson in the 100 Fly (52.21).

The Tigers opened the meet with a third-place finish in the 400 Medley Relay as Rogers, senior Nate LeRoy, Schirmer, and Fleming swam Pacific to a time of 3:28.58.

In a deep field of men's swimmers, the Orange and Black saw more swimmers have solid showings. Junior Zach Zlotoff took fourth in the 1000 Free with a time of 9:46.18 while Hans Peters finished fourth in the 100 Free with a time of 47.26. Also taking fourth were Fleming in the 200 Back (1:55.98), LeRoy in the 200 Breast (2:09.78), and Schirmer in the 100 Fly (52.57).

Earning fifth-place finishes for Pacific were Hans Peters in the 200 Free (1:44.45), Moore in the 100 Free (47.43), and Zlotoff in the 500 Free (4:43.23).

The Tigers resume their season Thursday, November 17, for a three-day meet in Long Beach, Calif.