Swimming and Diving

Record Swim Nets Verger Gourson A Second MPSF Title

Margaux Verger Gourson touching the wall
Margaux Verger Gourson touching the wall

Los Angeles, Calif. - For the second time in just three days, sophomore Margaux Verger Gourson came up with a record breaking swim as the second-year Tiger smashed the MPSF Championship mark en route to a title in the 1650 Free. The sophomore took home a pair of titles at the four-day championship event as she won the 500 Free with a record-setting time as well while finishing second in the 200 Free.

In the pool for the third time individually, Verger Gourson proved herself as the finest distance swimmer in the MPSF as the sophomore set a new MPSF Championship record with a dominating time of 16:10.41. No swimmer was within :20 seconds of Verger Gourson as her next closest competitor finished at 16:31.46. For Verger Gourson, the time posted in the 2015 championships shattered the previous tournament best of 16:25.57 set in 2011 by Lacey Buck. Additionally, Verger Gourson posted her second NCAA 'B' Cut worthy time after posting a program-record mark and 'B' Cut time of 16:09.06 earlier in the season.

In addition to her win in the 1650 Free, Verger Gourson helped the 400 Free Relay team take a third place finish as they team tallied a time of 3:22.91. Verger Gourson led the race off for the Tigers as she was followed by Kenna RameyHayley Shillington, and Vaiva Gimbutyte. Gimbutyte came up with a sixth place finish in the 100 Free when she swam a time of 51.30. In the 200 Back, Haley Preston finished in fourth place with a time of 2:00.07 while Cristina Mardones finished in fifth in the 200 Breast after tallying a time of 2:16.74 that just missed Pacific's program record.

On the men's side, senior Brandon Chandler put a cap on a stellar week of swimming as he finished with the silver in the 1650 Free with a time of 15:27.46. Chandler's impressive swim gave him an NCAA 'B' Cut time as he will wait to see if he qualifies for the NCAA Championships later this year.

In the 200 Back Curtis Klein grabbed a fourth place finish with a season-best mark of 1:47.62. One event later, freshman Miles MacKenzie finished in fourth in the 100 Free with a season-best sprint of 44.84. Jonathan Pun added an eighth place mark in the 200 Breast with a time of 2:03.20 which was a team-best time in the event for the season.

The Tigers will wait to see who qualifies for the NCAA Championships later this season after a handful of Tigers posted 'B' Cut worthy times throughout the season.