Stockton, Calif. – Pacific's men's and women's swimming teams will hit the road this weekend for a tri meet hosted by UC Santa Cruz. The meet, scheduled for 1 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 21, will see the Tigers scored against both the host Banana Slugs as well as Fresno Pacific.
"I expect us to perform very well," interim head coach Gus Barrios said. "Our hardest training is behind us, so I think our swimmers can start focusing on just swimming because mentally and physically, they are conditioned. It's our final meet away from home, so getting back in that mindset will also help come conference time."
The women's team welcomed Mountain Pacific Sports Federation foe UC Davis to Kjeldsen Pool last Saturday, Jan. 14, for a dual meet that saw the Aggies emerge with victorious, outscoring the Tigers 162-97.
"We swam much better this time around than when we first competed against them back in October," Barrios noted. "Our first relay swam very well and our swimmers really challenged them."
Sophomore Hayley Shillington and freshman Dekel Shahaf both won event titles on the day. Shillington took first in the 500 Free (5:03.71) while Shahaf won the 100 Fly (57.36). Shahaf also took second in the 100 Back (57.36) and the 200 IM (2:09.05) while helping Pacific win the 200 Medley Relay in 1:45.75. Shillington added a second-place finish in the 200 Free (1:54.87) and a third-place finish in the 50 Free (25.12).
Junior Mallory McGowan claimed second in both the 100 Breast and 200 Breast behind respective times of 1:05.89 and 2:24.20. She just missed out on first in the 100 Breast as the reigning MPSF champion Liliana Alverez won both races. Also earning runner-up finishes were junior Jenna Chaplin in the 200 Fly (2:07.41), sophomore MaryElla Randall in the 50 Free (24.45), and sophomore Shelby Bolin in the 200 Back (2:09.56).
Pacific's men's team last competed in a road dual meet at Stanford back on Jan. 7. Stanford, ranked third nationally at the time, defeated the Tigers 159-92, winning all but three events. Pacific took home wins in the 500 Free, the 100 Fly, and the 200 IM, all of which came with Stanford swimming exhibition times. Freshman Brandon Presswood won the 500 Free with a time of 4:50.32, sophomore Balazs Erdelyi won the 100 Fly (52.65), and sophomore Oliver Simkovic won the 200 IM (1:56.60). Simkovic also took fourth in both the 100 Back and 200 Back, clocking in at 52.96 and 1:51.22, respectively.
Numerous swimmers from both teams are represented among the top swimmers in the conference. On the women's side, Randall and Walterman both sit fourth in their respective events with Randall placing in the 50 Free (23.31) and Walterman placing in the 100 Fly (55.54). McGowan ranks sixth in the 100 Breast with a time of 1:03.77 while Shahaf ranks sixth in the 10 Fly with a time of 55.64. Bolin's time of 2:02.75 in the 200 Back ranks seventh while senior Jayme Swalin ranks eighth in the 500 Free (4:58.20) and the 1650 Free (17:16.08), respectively.
Simkovic paces the men's side with three top-eight times. He ranks second in the 200 Back (1:47.32), fourth in the 400 IM (3:58.11), and sixth in the 200 IM (1:51.45). Freshman Brandon Chandler is right behind him with the third-best time in the 1000 Free (9:33.63) and the fifth-best time in the 1650 Free (15:46.05). Cooper Rogers' time of 50.04 in the 100 Back ranks sixth.
Nationally, four women's swimmers can find their times in the top 200. Randall ranks 118th in the 50 Free (23.31) while McGowan ranks 153rd in the 100 Breast (1:03.77). Both Walterman and Shahaf rank in the 100 Fly with Walterman coming in at 154th (55.54) and Shahaf coming in at 168th (55.64)
Simkovic ranks among the top 200 nationally in three events. His time in the 200 Back (1:47.32) is good for 64th, his time in the 400 IM (3:58.11) is good for 110th, and his time in the 200 IM (1:51.45) is good for 139th. Chandler and junior Zachary Zlotoff both rank in the 1000 Free and the 1650 Free. Chandler ranks 108th in the 1000 Free (9:33.63) and 83rd in the 1650 Free (15:46.05) while Zlotoff ranks 193rd in the 1000 Free (9:42.56) and 178th in the 1650 Free (16:07.57). Rogers' time of 50.04 is good for 127th in the 100 Back.