Tigers Conclude MPSF Championships In Exciting Fashion

Mallory McGowan - Photo by Becca Wyant

Los Angeles, Calif. – Wrapping up the 2012 Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Championships Saturday, Feb. 18, the Pacific men's and women's swimming teams collected four more top-eight finishes, including an event title in the men's 200 back.

The women's team finished sixth with 250 points while their male counterparts came in seventh with 238 points.

Sophomore Oliver Simkovic claimed his second event title of the meet, winning the 200 Back with a time of 1:45.65. The mark broke the MPSF record that Simkovic set last season and also qualified him for the NCAA Championships.

Freshman Brandon Chandler earned the first NCAA qualification time of his collegiate career in the 1650 Free. He finished second in the mile behind a time of 15:27.09.

Finishing sixth in the 100 Free with a time of 51.13 was sophomore MaryElla Randall. She collected her second top-eight finish of the meet after placing second in the 50 Free yesterday.

Earning the Tigers' fourth top-eight finish was junior Mallory McGowan, who's time of 2:20.13 in the 200 Breast was good for eighth. She also finished eighth in yesterday's 100 Breast final.

Pacific had a number of swimmers place in the consolation finals, headlined by 10th-place finishes from senior Kevin Byers in the 200 Back (1:48.75) and junior Jenna Chaplin in the 200 Fly (2:03.62).  Senior Jayme Swalin came in 11th in the 1650 Free with a time of 17:18.37.

Sophomores Shelby Bolin and Dai Wilson picked up 12th-place finishes in the 200 Back and 200 Fly, respectively. Bolin clocked in at 2:04.70 while Wilson came in at 1:51.60.  Junior Zachary Zlotoff came in 13th in the 1650 Free (15:57.87) while senior Nathan LeRoy placed 13th in the 200 Breast (2:03.54).

Finishing 14th in the 200 Fly was junior Sean Dunnigan with a time of 1:51.75. Freshman Kelsey Crowder had the Tigers' final top-16 finish, coming in 16th in the 200 Back. She finished with a time of 2:06.65.

In the bonus finals, freshmen Casey Fleming and Balazs Erdelyi placed 17th and 18th, respectively, in the 100 Free. Fleming came in at 45.30 while Erdelyi clocked in at 45.53.

A trio of swimmers came in 19th in their respective events. Sophomore Lydia Schramm came in at 17:34.59 in the 1650 Free, Dunnigan finished the 1650 Free at 16:07.97, and freshman Cody Burkard clocked in at 2:05.82 in the 200 Breast.

Sophomore Taylor Moore finished 20th in the 100 Free (46.33) while junior Allie Vetterlein came in 20th in the 200 Fly (2:07.06). Placing 21st in the 200 Back was sophomore Bo Cameron (2:07.00) while both juniors Becca Wyant (2:09.15) and Bart Platow (1:55.35) took 22nd in the 200 Fly.

A trio of Tigers finished 23rd in their respective events. Freshman Brandon Presswood clocked in at 1:55.15 in the 200 Back, freshman Annie Sumioka came in at 53.64 in the 100 Free, and senior Lia Santini touched the wall at 2:27.54 in the 200 Breast.

The respective squads finished up their meets with the 400 Free Relay. The women's group, comprised of Cameron, Randall, freshman Dekel Shahaf, and Swalin, placed eighth behind a time of 3:29.77. The men's team, made up of Erdelyi, Fleming, Moore, and freshman Cooper Rogers, came in sixth with a time of 3:00.50.