Swimming's Mallory McGowan Named January Competitor Of The Month

Junior Mallory McGowan - Photo by Becca Wyant

Stockton, Calif. - Pacific Swimming's Mallory McGowan has been named January's Competitor of the Month, announced Tuesday, Feb. 8. The award is presented each month to a Pacific student-athlete who demonstrates unusual or remarkable competitive effort.

"Mallory takes a lot of pride in being a Pacific Tiger," interim head coach Gus Barrios said. "She is an extremely hard worker and has established herself as one of the top breaststrokers in the conference."

The junior from Colusa had an impressive January, earning six wins in four dual meets. She opened the month with a win in the 100 Breast against then-No. 6 Stanford, clocking in at 1:05.42. It was the Tigers' lone event win of the meet. She also took third in the 200 Breast (2:25.38). McGowan's performance against the Cardinal earned her Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Athlete of the Week honors. 

Against UC Davis on Jan. 14, McGowan paced Pacific's 200 Medley Relay squad to a first-place finish. Swimming the third leg, she swam a split of 25.23, more than one second faster than any other breaststroker in the race. She added a trio of second-place finishes in the 100 Breast (1:05.89), 200 Breast (2:24:20), and the 200 Free Relay. Her mark in the 100 Breast was mere hundreths of a second from first place.

McGowan notched three event wins in Pacific's dual meets versus UC Santa Cruz and Fresno Pacific. She was part of the winning 200 Medley Relay group and took home individual titles in the 100 Breast (1:04.99) and 200 Breast (2:25.60). She won the 200 Breast by more than nine seconds.

In the Tigers' final meet of the month against UC Santa Barbara, McGowan again led Pacific to a win in the 200 Medley Relay. She also took second in both the 100 Breast and 200 Breast, finishing with respective times of 1:04.85 and 2:21.56.

Pacific is in the midst of preparing for the MPSF Conference meet that starts Wednesday, Feb. 15, and ends Saturday, Feb. 18.