STOCKTON, Calif. – The Pacific men's and women's swimming program's will open competition at the MPSF Championships Wednesday evening in Los Angeles.
The event will be hosted at East Los Angeles College and will take place over four days (Feb. 14-17). Joining the Tigers will be BYU, Cal Poly, Hawaii, UC Davis and UC Santa Barbara.
Last season, Pacific was fourth on the men's side with 593 points, while the women were fifth with 463.5 points. Both point totals were program-bests.
The Tigers return a number of key swimmers from last year's championship event, including Yahav Shahaf, who snagged a school record in the 200 Breast (1:58.26) and the 50 Free (19.61), while also setting a new conference record in the 100 Breast (52.62). On the women's side, Taylor Hosmer snagged a top four finish in four events. The Stockton product was second in the 200 Fly, third in the 200 Free, and snagged fourth place finishes in both the 500 Free and the 800 Free Relay.
This season the Tigers have set a number of personal and program records, most recently highlighted by the Men's 200 Free Relay record-breaking A-cut (1:17.29) at the Ohio State Winter Invitational. Shahaf, Dylan Toy, Mason Miller and Miles MacKenzie will look to snag a first place finish once again in the event on Thursday evening.
At the same event, Miller set a new program record with a personal-best mark of 46.58 in the 100 Fly. Semaj Walker is also coming off of a personal-best performance with a record-breaking time of 1:01.11 in the 100 Breast.
Wednesday's competition will consist of just four relays — Women's 200 Medley Relay, Men's 200 Medley Relay, Women's 800 Free Relay, Men's 800 Free Relay. Pacific holds the top time in the 200 Medley Relay on the men's (1:26.77) and women's (1:40.32) sides.
Shahaf, Angela Gagliardo and Kenna Ramey all enter the weekend with top times in the 100 Back, 200 Breast and 50 Free, respectively. After swimming a personal-best time at the Ohio State Winter Invite, Ramey also ranks second in the 100 Fly.
In the men's 50 Free, Pacific holds four of the top five times. Shahaf is currently ranked second (20.19) and is followed by MacKenzie (20.23), Toy (20.23) and Stewart Harrison (20.37). For the distance events, Brigid McNally will be one to watch as she will look to score for the Tigers in the 500 Free and the 1650 Free.
Live results are available on the Pacific swimming schedule page or fans can follow the Tigers Aquatics on twitter @PacTigersH2O.