Swimming Falls To USCB, Bids Farewell To Seniors

Stockton, Calif. – The Pacific men's and women's swimming teams dropped respective dual meet contests to visiting Mountain Pacific Sports Federation foe UC Santa Barbara Friday, Jan. 27. The women were edged 159-103 while the men were outscored 158-100.

The women opened their side of the meet with a win in the 200 Medley Relay. The group, consisting of junior Becca Wyant, junior Mallory McGowan, freshman Dekel Shahaf, and sophomore MaryElla Randall, clocked in at 1:44.50.

Registering individual titles for the Tigers were Randall and fellow sophomores Hayley Shillington and Shelby Bolin. Randall finished first in the 100 Free behind a time of 52.67, just two hundredths of a second off of her season-best time. Shillington collected a win in the 200 Free, stopping the clock at 1:51.91. The mark was nearly two seconds faster than her previous season best and is now the top time for Pacific in that event on the year. Bolin's time of 2:08.01 was tops in the 200 Back and was more than two seconds faster than the runner-up.

The 1000 Free saw sophomore Shannon Van Konynenburg take second with a time of 10:44.11. Right behind her was classmate Lydia Schramm who came in at 10:46.57. Both marks are new season bests as Van Konynenburg took almost ten seconds off of her previous top time.

Shahaf came in second in the 100 Back, clocking in at 57.80. Bolin finished third in the same event with a time of 59.69. Pacific also went 2-3 in the 500 Free. Shillington took second with a time of 5:03.65 while senior Jayme Swalin came in third, touching the wall at 5:06.23. Shillington's time was a new season-best mark.

Randall also earned second in the 50 Free, coming in at 23.90. McGowan took second in a pair of events, finishing with respective times of 1:04.85 in the 100 Breast and 2:21.56 in the 200 Breast. Junior Jenna Chaplin's time of 2:05.84 was good for second in the 200 Fly.

The Tigers went 2-3-4 in the 100 Fly, led by Shahaf's time of 57.66. Wyant came in third with a time of 58.69 while Chaplin finished fourth with a time of 58.70.

Finishing third in their respective events were Swalin in the 200 Free (1:56.02) and freshman Kelsey Crowder in the 400 IM (4:43.07).

Pacific wrapped up its day with a runner-up finish in the 200 Free Relay. Randall, McGowan, Shahaf, and Wyant finished with a time of 1:37.20.

The men kicked off their meet with a second-place finish in the 200 Medley Relay. Freshman Cooper Rogers, senior Nathan LeRoy, senior Kevin Byers, and freshman Casey Fleming finished with a time of 1:34.96.

The Tigers saw four swimmers earn event titles with senior Roger Ward taking home two first-place finishes. He won the 100 Breast behind a time of 58.66 and the 200 Breast behind a time of 2:06.20. His 200 Breast mark topped his previous season best of 2:06.33. Ward also took third in the 400 IM, touching the wall at 4:11.72.

Sophomore Oliver Simkovic took first in the 200 Back (1:50.34) while junior Zachary Zlotoff came in first in the 500 Free (4:44.53). Sophomore Dai Wilson's time of 51.35 was good for first in the 100 Fly.

Freshman Brandon Presswood finished second in the 200 Back with a time of 2:02.66. LeRoy also had a runner-up finish, taking second in the 200 Breast (2:11.47). Simkovic added a second-place finish to his day, taking second in the 400 IM with a time of 4:05.37.

Pacific went 3-4 in three events. Freshman Brandon Chandler and Zlotoff finished third and fourth in the 1000 Free with respective times of 9:46.92 and 9:47.30. The 100 Back saw Simkovic take third (52.75) while senior Kevin Byers took fourth (53.64). Presswood added a third-place finish in the 500 Free with a time of 4:51.54, followed by junior RJ Barton, who came in at 4:51.95.

LeRoy finished fourth in the 100 Breast behind a time of 59.89. Also finishing fourth in their respective events were Barton in the 200 Fly (1:57.40) and 100 Fly (52.47) and freshman Balazs Erdelyi in the 100 Free (47.69).

The Tigers wrapped up their day with a third-place finish in the 200 Free Relay. The group, made up of Erdelyi, Rogers, Fleming, and sophomore Taylor Moore, came in at 1:25.19.

Pacific bid farewell to its 10 seniors during the meet's first break. The women's team said goodbye to Ellen BartonLia Santini, Jayme Swalin, and Elene Walterman. The men said goodbye to David Banks, Kevin Byers, Kieffer Holmes, Nathan LeRoy, Jack Pope and Roger Ward.

The Tigers will take a hiatus from competition to prepare for the MPSF Championships that begin Wednesday, Feb. 15. The five-day meet will take place in southern California.