LAS VEGAS, Nev. - The Pacific swim and dive team picked up where they left off at Buchanan Natorium in day two of the UNLV Winter Classic. The Tigers stayed steady in their midseason meet as the men's team currently stands in third place with a combined score of 412 points while the women's team sits in fourth with 361 points.
Combined the Orange and Black stand in second behind UC Santa Barbara (1171.5) with 773 points.
"We wanted to be sharp in every event and we were," Head Coach Pete Richardson quoted. "We could've been higher up in the scoreboard if we doubled in events like some other teams did but that's not how we approached the meet...Come conference championship time your events are limited so that's what we're trying to do"
- The day began with preliminary races in the 100 IM, 200 back, and 100 Free. Individuals were then placed in scoring groups based on their preliminary times. Those who placed in the top eight in preliminaries were guaranteed to earn points for a top eight finish in the finals, while swimmers that finished 9th-16th were also guaranteed points for their respective final finishes.
In Case You Missed It:
- Pacific's 200 medley relay teams set the tone to kick off Friday night. Both the men's and women's Team A finished in the top two as the men's team took first with a time of 1:27.88. Dylan Toy posted the fastest split time (19.57) as the last leg for the Orange and Black in the event. The women's team recorded the second fastest time (1:42.28) in their event as Allie Emery posted a 23.64 split time to lead the way.
- The Tigers shined in the 400 IM as Brigid McNally and Angela Gagliardo finished third and fourth respectively in the event. McNally carried through her swim strong posting split times of 29.30 and 29.13 on her final two sprints.
- Gagliardo would also go on to double in the women's 100 A-final breast event earning the fifth fastest time (1:03.38). Right behind her were Semaj Walker and Elina Rosario with 1:03.66 and 1:04.99.
- "Angela was our only girl who doubled two events [tonight]," said Richardson. "Both of her swims were amazing tonight plus she had a good last relay split...she's a tough swimmer."
- The Orange and Black would finish strong to end the night as both teams earned top-3 finishes in the 800 freestyle relay event. The women's team of McNally, Gagliardo, Emery, and Hosmer earned second place with a time of 7:25.01 while Toy, David Noyes, Niles Biolley, and Daniel Larson propelled the men's team to third place with 6:38.12.
- Freshman Mackaby Pennington would add to a succesful weekend on the diving board improving on a fourth place 1 mtr showing yesterday and placing third overall in the 3 mtr event with a score of 258.20.
- Brandon Reno (55.25) and Rowan King (56.23) earned top finishes in the A-final group of the men's 100 yard breaststroke.
- "Reno and King stepped up to make a final in the 100 breast," Richardson stated.
- Angela Gagliardo would set the fastest time for a Tiger in the 100 breaststroke clocking in a time of 1:03.38 for a fifth place finish. Kelsey Lloyd also set the fastest time in group B of the event. The freshman (1:02.95) set the fastest split time to start off with 29.49.
- Cai Hong Singh posted a strong outing in the women's 100 backstroke event. The senior's 56.25 time was good for a fifth place finish posting a fast opening split time of 26.78.
- "Cai was really strong in the 100 back," Richardson said.
Up Next For the Tigers:
- The Orange and Black wraps up the UNLV Invite tomorrow.
- Day three will kick off tomorrow morning with the preliminaries for the women and men's 1650 free.
- UOP head back to Buchanan Natorium tomorrow afternoon and compete in the seven scheduled events starting with the 1650 freestyle
- Live results can be found here.