January 29, 2011

Tigers Drop Second Meet Of The Weekend, Fall To UC Santa Barbara

Jan. 29, 2011

Santa Barbara, Calif. - Competing in the second swim meet of the weekend Pacific's men's and women's swim teams suffered their second loss of the weekend to UC Santa Barbara. The women lost 219-60 to the Gauchos while the men were defeated by a score of 153-102. With the loss the women fell to 7-4 (4-2 MPSF) on the season while the men fell to 2-5-1 (1-2 MPSF) on the year.

The Tigers kicked off the dual meet against the Gauchos with a fourth place finish in the 200 Medley Relay from the women and third place finish from the men. The women's "A" relay team comprised of Becca Wyant, Mallory McGowan, Elena Wlaterman and Hayley Shillington had a collective time of 1:49.75. While the men's "A" relay team made up of Kevin Byers, Jonathan Alves, Balazs Szabo and Kevin Schirmer had a pace of 1:38.63.

In the mid-distance events Jayme Swalin had the women's best time on the day in the 1000 Free when she came in second with a time of 10:32.28. She was followed by freshman Katie McBride with a time of 10:33.22. DJ Schilling also picked up a second place finish for the men in the 1000 Free with a pace of 10:02.65. Coming in third behind Schilling was Sean Dunnigan who had a time of 10:11.06. The Tigers best finish of the day in the mid-distance events came from Shillington when she finished first in the 500 Free with a pace of 5:04.47, while Zachary Zlotoff (San Jose, Calif.) finished second on the men's side with a time of 4:41.98. The Tigers also had a pair of fifth place finishes in the 200 Free from Shillington (1:55.11) and Zlotoff (1:46.01).

During the back events the men's team had three swimmers finish in the top five. Oliver Simkovic finished in third (53.37) while Danny Platow came in fourth (56.30) and Tyler Hannis came in fifth (56.53). Freshman Shelby Bolin had the women's top finish in the 100 Back when she came in fifth with a pace of 1:02.07. For the women in the 200 Back, Bo Cameron nabbed the Tigers only top five finish when she touched the wall in 2:11.04. On the men's side, Hannis claimed the top spot with a time of 1:57.36.

In the 100 Breast, Schirmer led the men's team with a pace of 1:01.37 to come in third. Schirmer was followed by Nathan LeRoy and Alves with times of 1:01.66 and 1:01.24 respectively. The women were paced by McGowan in the 100 Breast who came in fourth when she touched the wall in 1:06.65. Schilling registered a second place finish for the men in the 200 Breast with a pace of 2:10.38. The Tigers were led by Elena Walterman and RJ Barton in the 200 Fly races. Walterman finished second with a time of 2:07.49 while Barton came in second with a time of 1:59.03.

Pacific had a pair of third place finishes in the 50 Free from MaryElla Randall and Szabo. Randall had a pace of 24.63 on the women's side while Szabo had a time of 21.88 for the men. Steven Woods had Pacific's only top three finish in the 100 Free when he touched the wall in 48.38. Woods also picked up a second place finish for the men in the 100 Free with a time of 48.38.

The Tigers ended the day with a fourth place from the women and a second place finish from the men in the 400 Free Relay. The women's "A" relay team consisting of Randall, Swalin, Cameron, and Shillington had a collective timeof 3:39.02. The men's "A" relay team comprised of Woods, Taylor Moore, Szabo, and Schirmer finishes with a time of 3:12.51.

The Tigers return to action at the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Championships in Long Beach, Calif., February 23-26.