Swimming and Diving

Pacific Swimming Wins Big at UNLV Invite

Pacific Swimming Wins Big at UNLV Invite


LAS VEGAS, Nev. – The Pacific men's and women's swimming and diving teams returned the pool Friday for the second day of the UNLV Invite. 

Both of the men's and women's programs had outstanding performances with the Tigers claiming victories in the men's and women's 200 Medley Relays, women's 400 Individual Medley, women's 100 Butterfly, women's 200 Freestyle, men's 200 Freestyle, men's 100 Breaststroke and the women's 800 Free Relay.

"Tonight we had the kind of night that other coaches tell us how well we are doing. There are seven other squads here and everyone on our team has stepped up and swam fast, which has made us stick out as a program tonight," said head coach Peter Richardson.

The women's 200 Medley Relay team, which included Cai Hong Singh, Semaj Walker, Kenna Ramey, and Becca Aguilar led Friday's finals off with an outstanding performance, breaking the program record with a 1:40.32 finish. The previous record time in the event was 1:40.44, set by a foursome that included Singh, Walker, Ramey, and former Tiger Vaiva Gimbutyte.  The Pacific women's B-team — Isabella Green, Elina Rosario, Kathleen Gani, Meredith Lillie — also scored in the event, finishing seventh overall with a time of 1:45.28. 

Aguilar, Taylor Hosmer, Brigid McNally, and Angela Gagliardo earned the victory in the 800 Medley Relay with a time of 7:27.94. 

In the men's 200 Medley Relay, Makoa Haneberg, Yahav Shahaff, Mason Miller, and Miles Mackenzie combined for a first place time of 1:26.77, stopping the clock nearly two seconds before UC Santa Barbara's A-team (1:28.42). Pacific's B-team, which included Angel Alcala, Rowen King, Neil Franka, and Dylan Toy, finished fifth (1:30.19).

Pacific's A team in the 800 Medley Relay earned third (6:36.01). The foursome included Franka, Niles Biolley, Mackenzie, and Toy. The B-team — Austin Crump, Josh Owens, Michael Yang, Brandon Yong — was eighth (6:45.18).

Gagliardo continues to put forth outstanding performances, snagging her second-straight Individual Medley victory. In the 400 IM she knocked off nearly seven seconds from her preliminary time to finish in 4:21.95. McNally claimed a point for Pacific in the event, finishing eighth (4:28.29) in the A final.

Ramey won the 100 Fly (53.70) while Hosmer also claimed and individual win in the 200 Free finals with a time of 1:49.93. Three women swimmers finished among the top 16 in the 100 Fly with Aguilar finishing ninth (55.62), Singh finishing 11th (56.09) and Gani finishing 13th (56.52).

In the women's 100 Breast, Walker was the top finisher for the Tigers in the A final with a 1:02.34 finish, while Gagliardo placed fifth (1:03.37) and Rosario placed eighth (1:04.98).

Singh scored for the Tiger's women's program in the 100 Back with her ninth place finish (56.97).

Senior Neil Franka highlighted the men's swimming team, yet again ,breaking a program record of the second-straight day. Franka finished second overall and  set a new record in the 100 Fly with a time of 47.50. His mark surpasses the previous record of 47.65 set by teammate Stewart Harrison last season. Miller and Harrison also finished top eight in the A final, Miller in fourth (48.05) and Harrison in sixth (48.43). Haneberg was second in the B final and 10th overall (49.95).

"Neil Franka has been fun to watch and his success has been cool to see," expressed Richardson. "At mid-season you do not always know what you are going to see from your team, but he has broken two Pacific records this week and he is just killing it this weekend."

Mackenzie won the 200 Free (1:37.04), while Shahaff had the top time in the 100 Breast (53.71). King was sixth (56.18) in the A final. Jan Schlegel and Bradley Reno raced in the B final, finishing 13th and 15th, respectively.

Five men — Haneberg, Alcala, Toy, Biolley, and Eric Thias, represented the Tigers in the 100 Back. Haneberg led the group with a second place finish in the A final with a time of 48.47. Alcala was sixth (49.26) and Toy was eighth (50.88). Biolley was the top finisher in the B final, clocking a time of 49.81, which would have placed him in eighth in A final. Thias was 13th overall (51.34).

In the preliminary round of the 1m women's dive Alexis Albanese finished 11th (167.70), Isabelle Huynh was 12th (120.50), and Irene Kuang was 13th (112.85).

"We have swam four sessions and after a pretty rough morning on Thursday our team has performed better each session and I think that says a lot about our team," said Richardson. We have been really good and I am really proud of the team and how they came out tonight."

Pacific will conclude competition at the UNLV Invite tomorrow with seven remaining events, including the 1650 Free, 100 IM, 200 Back, 100 Free, 200 Breast, 200 Fly, and 400 Free. Fans can follow the results live here.