STOCKTON, Calif. – The men's and women's swimming teams had a very successful first day of the Pacific Invitational, which took place at Chris Kjeldsen Pool on Friday night.
Following the eight events — 200 Medley Relay, 100 Back, 100 Breast, 200 Free, 400 IM, 50 Free, 200 Fly, 400 Free Relay — the women's team leads San Jose State, BYU, and Fresno Pacific with a total of 398.5 points. On the men's side, Stanford tops the standings with 510 points followed by the University of Denver (334.5), Pacific (285.5), BYU (202), and Fresno Pacific (134).
"We swam awesome on the first day of the meet and I am proud of how we competed especially in tonight's relays," said head coach Peter Richardson.
The women's squad took early control of the scoring after finishing first and second in the 200 Medley Relay to open the night's events. Earning the top time were Cai Hong Singh, Elina Rosario, Kenna Ramey, and Meredith Lillie with a time of 1:44.34. Contributing to the second place finish of 1:44.59 was Isabella Green, Semaj Walker, Kathleen Gani, and Becca Aguilar.
The night took a break after the relays as the Tigers hosted its annual Pacific Student Athlete Council (PSAC) relays. The race allows other athletic programs to be apart of the annually-hosted event. This year's field was represented by student-athletes from men's water polo, women's water polo, softball, cross country, as well as members of the PIKE fraternity.
Individually for the women, Walker also finished first in the 100 Breast with a time of 1:02.88 and fifth overall in the 50 Free (24.58). Angela Gagliardo finished just behind Walker in the 100 Breast (1:04.45) and snagged a first place finish in the 400 IM (4:23.59).
Hosmer and Ramey each recorded the top time in the 200 Free and 50 Free, respectively. Hosmer clocked a time of 1:52.57, while Ramey had a finish of 23.75. Hosmer also earned a third place finish in the 200 Fly (2:07.71).
Singh was the top finisher in the women's 100 Back, coming in second with a time of 57.61.
Haneberg's second place finish in the 100 Back (48.85) highlighted the individual performances. Other notable performances include Shahaf's seventh place finish in the 100 Breast (58.07) and Harrison's fourth place finish in the 50 Free (20.37).
The evening concluded with the men's and women's 400 Free Relay. The Tigers won the women's event with a finish of 3:32.40, while the men were second behind No. 4-ranked Stanford. Pacific's Dylan Toy, Miller, Harrison, and Miles MacKenzie combined for a time of 3:01.85.
"We had a really successful day in the water and I am really excited for tomorrow," expressed Richardson.
All squads, except for the Cardinal, will return Saturday morning at 10:00 a.m. for the PAC Invite's final nine events — 400 Medley Relay, 200 Back, 100 Free, 200 Breast, 500 Free, 100 Fly, 200 IM, 200 Free Relay, and the 1650 Free. The Diving portion of the invitational will also take place on Saturday at Delta Junior College.