PALO ALTO, Calif. - The men's swimming and diving team put up a valiant fight but finished on the short end in their dual meet with No. 7 Stanford on Friday afternoon.
Pacific would take two events on the day in the 100 breastroke and 200 freestyle relay but the nationally-ranked Cardinal would remain unmatched as they cruised to a 151-85 victory over the Tigers at Avery Aquatics Center.
With a travel roster of 12 swimmers and one diver, the men's team held their own against last year's Pac-12 runner ups. Michael Kang, Angel Alcala, and Carter Walles each set season-bests in the 1000 freestyle, 100 butterfly, and 100 backstroke to highlight the day for UOP.
On the platform, Mackaby Pennington would be three points shy of his season-mark in the 1 meter diving event finishing in second place with a final score of 425.70.
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- Michael Kang, Angel Alcala, and Carter Walles set season-marks in their respective events.
- Kang swam in the 1000 yard freestyle posting a time of 10:08.36 which earned third place.
- Alcala also took a third place finish in the 100 yard butterfly clocking in at 50.76. The senior swimmer would swim a back-to-back in the 100 backstroke finishing with a 54.92 time.
- Carter placed fourth in the men's 100 yard backstroke but would have the fastest time of any Tiger at 53.17.
- Dylan Toy recorded the fastest time for UOP in the 50 freestyle event (20.88). He also served as the leadoff leg in the men's 200 freestyle relay posting a split time of 20.81, also the fastest Tiger time.
- David Noyes had an impressive outing on Friday. The freshman placed second in the 500 freestyle (4:47.49), third in the 200 free (1:42.42), and helped the Tigers' "A" Relay team to a first place finish in the men's 200 free relay event (1:24.79).
- Freshman Mackaby Pennington competed well against the Cardinal's Casey Connor placing second in both the 1 meter and 3 meter diving events with final scores of 245.70 and 279.83. The Visalia, Calif. native would rack up a combined score of 525.53 for the Tigers.
- Junior Luis Araya saw his first action in the pool today. The Stockton, Calif. product participated in the 1000 yard free and 100 yard free and finished with times of 10:52.39 and 53.60.
"Dylan Toy swam really well for us and I'm also very proud of how our diver Mackaby did [today]," Head Coach Pete Richardson expressed. "Angel Alcala did a tough double swimming two races in a span of four minutes...We were missing some guys today but overall we competed well."
Up Next For the Tigers:
- The Orange and Black shift focus to their Senior Meet as they host the University of Nevada-Reno on Friday, Jan. 18th.
- The meet between the two teams will be held at Chris Kjeldsen Pool at 4:00 PM.
- The Wolfpack and Tigers met earlier this season at the PAC Invite (Oct.12th).