Swimming Impresses On Day Two Of Arena Invite

Long Beach, Calif. - The Pacific swim teams had impressive showings on Day Two of the Arena Invite Friday, November 18, at the Belmont Olympic Pool.

After a 17th-place finish in the 200 IM yesterday, sophomore Oliver Simkovic took 10th in the 400 IM with a time of 3:58.11, establishing himself as one of the nation's best. He topped his previous season-best mark of 4:05.71 by more than seven seconds.

Freshman Cooper Rogers also claimed a top-ten finish behind a 50.04 time in the 100 Back, swimming more than a second faster than his previous season-best time. Right behind his was classmate Casey Fleming, who clocked in at 51.17 to finish 13th.

Junior Mallory McGowan sprinted her way to a 12th-place finish in the 100 Breast behind a time of 1:03.91, beating her previous season-best time of 1:04.69. Also finishing in the top 20 were freshman Cameron Franke and senior Nate LeRoy, who claimed 18th and 19th, respectively, in the 100 Breast. Franke touched the wall at 57.60, just three-tenths of a second faster than LeRoy.

Continuing her impressive start to her college career, freshman Dekel Shahaf came in at 56.41 in the 100 Fly to claim 16th place. She had a second top-30 finish on the day, taking 28th in the 100 Back behind a time of 56.76, almost two seconds faster than her previous season-best mark.

Senior Elena Walterman and junior Jenna Chaplin also qualified for berths in the 100 Fly finals. Walterman finished 25th with a time of 55.54 while Chaplin clocked in at 56.29 to take 28th.

The men's 400 IM finals saw three other Tigers swim strong races as senior Roger Ward took 21st with a time of 4:06.16 while junior Sean Dunnigan finished 30th and Jeff Peters placed 31st with times of 4:13.66 and 4:18.07, respectively.

Freshman Cody Burkard touched the wall at 1:00.15 in the 100 Breast, good for 31st, while sophomore DJ Schilling took 32nd with a time of 1:00.30.

The Women's 200 Medley Relay team, made up of Wyant, McGowan, Shahaf, and sophomore MaryElla Randall, came in seventh with a time of 1:42.78. Their male counterparts, Rogers, junior Kevin Schirmer, senior Kevin Byers, and Fleming, finished ninth with a time of 1:33.12.

Sophomore Hans Peters, Simkovic, sophomore Taylor Moore, and Rogers earned the Tigers a seventh-place finish in the men's 800 Free Relay with a time of 6:56.35. The women's 800 Free Relay team, comprised of Chaplin, sophomore Hayley Shillington, sophomore Bo Cameron, and senior Jayme Swalin, came in 12th with a time of 7:34.87.

The Arena Invite wraps up tomorrow beginning at 9 a.m. Check out the meet's official website for live results.