Stockton, Calif. – Senior men's swimmer Georan Meendering has been selected as the Tigers' Competitor of the Month for May. Only nine student-athletes earn the distinction every year in Pacific Athletics and Meendering is the final Tiger to earn the distinction for the 2015-16 academic year. The Competitor of the Month award is given each month to a Pacific athlete who demonstrates unusual or remarkable competitive effort, focus, and discipline.
Georan was one of 10 athletes on the swim team who were set to compete at the US Olympic Trials in Omaha, Nebraska at the end of May. As soon as the regular season completed and the MPSF Championships came to a close in February, Georan never missed a workout as he trained for the Olympic Trials. Unfortunately for Georan, the senior was in a bike accident in late May that caused him to break his elbow, thereby shattering his dream of competing at the Olympic trials. Despite the setback, Georan has continued his preparation, telling head coach Peter Richardson after the X-Ray, “well, let’s get ready for NCAA’s.”
Georan will be a fifth-year senior next year and a team captain. He has become the heart and soul of the swim team while tallying two school records in the pool. His attitude and leadership have steered the team towards a championship and is the essence of what it means to be a Tiger and a true competitor of the month.