Stockton, Calif. – Now is an exciting time for Pacific Swimming as many of its student-athletes are spending their summers striving to qualify for Olympic Trials for their respective countries.
Highlighting the Tigers' offseason efforts was freshman Casey Fleming. The San Jose product earned an Olympic Trial cut in the 50 Free at the 2012 Santa Clara International Grand Prix on June 2. Fleming finished his race with a time of 23.46 to place 15th out of 96 swimmers. He made the cut of 23.49 by a mere three one hundredths of a second.
Back on May 25, sophomore Oliver Simkovic competed at the 2012 European Championships, swimming in the 200 Back. The Austrian native finished 37th with a time of 2:04.58.
Pacific had multiple swimmers compete at the 2012 Summer Sanders Invitational that took place from June 8-10. The Tigers' men's squad performed very well, highlighted by recent alum Nate LeRoy's first-place finish in the 200 Breast. Going for his Olympic Trial cut in the event, LeRoy would set a new meet record with a time of 2:22.64, but missed out on a spot at the 2012 Olympic Trials. He added a runner-up finish in the 100 Breast with a time of 1:07.22
Sophomore Dai Wilson collected a pair of top-six finishes, taking fifth in the 100 Fly (58.00) and sixth in the 200 Fly (2:12.84). He added a tenth-place finish in the 50 Free with a time of 25.44. Classmates Taylor Moore and Jason Carnes placed sixth and eighth, respectively, in both the 50 Free and 100 Free races. Moore clocked in at 24.80 in the 50 Free and 54.12 in the 100 Free while Carnes finished with respective marks of 25.10 and 56.22.
Pacific's busiest swimmer on the weekend was junior RJ Barton. The Modesto native swam seven different events throughout the three-day meet, qualifying for five consolation finals in the process. All five of his second-swim times bested his preliminary marks.
Sophomore Hayley Shillington had the best showing of Pacific's women's swimmers, placing in the top 14 in four different events, including a runner-up finish in the 200 Free (2:07.35). She added a sixth-place finish in the 400 Free with a time of 4:34.97. Classmate Shelby Bolin racked up a pair of top-10 finishes during the weekend, placing eighth in the 100 Back (1:08.37) and ninth in the 200 Back (2:28.72).
The Tigers also got solid swims from junior Becca Wyant, who took 10th in the 100 Back (1:09.81) and 15th in the 50 Free (28.49). Junior Mallory McGowan came in 11th in the 100 Breast with a time of 1:16.97 while freshman Dekel Shahaf came in 13th in the 100 Fly behind a time of 1:07.93. Sophomore Shannon Van Konynenburg also placed 13th, this time in the 100 Free (1:00.73), to go along with a 15th-place finish in the 200 Free (2:12.50). Junior Lauren Bugglin qualified for three finals appearances, highlighted by a 14th-place finish in the 100 Back behind a time of 1:10.36.
Both LeRoy and fellow graduate Kevin Byers will compete this coming weekend in the hopes of earning their Olympic Trials cuts.