Stockton, Calif. - The Pacific Tigers women's swim team closed out their regular season against UC Davis on Saturday, falling in overall points 136-114. Both the men and women will next swim in the MPSF Championships, which begin February 17 in Los Angeles.
The Tigers hit their stride in the middle of their meet, winning four of the last five events. "I saw people connect with their stroke and with their mentality," said head coach Peter Richardson. "They were fierce in the back half...I saw a spark."
The stretch of wins began with Cristina Mardones, who took home a victory in the 200 Breast in her last regular season meet as a Tiger. Mardones swam a 2:19.70 and earned praise from Richardson for her performance in both the 200 Breast and the 200 IM, which Mardones won with a 2:06.24. Mardones took third in the 100 Breast with a 1:06.55.
Kenna Ramey also finished the season strong, winning the 100 Fly with a 55.51, a season-best time. It was one of two individual wins for Ramey, who also won the 50 Free with a 23.91.
Ramey teamed with Meredith Lillie, Haley Preston, and Vaiva Gimbutyte in the 400 Free Relay to give Pacific another win with a 3:30.71. Both Ramey and Gimbutyte swam season bests in their legs of the 400 Free. "It was cool to see us come together at the right time," said Richardson about the relay performance. "Vaiva and Kenna were amazing." Vaiva also swam a 53.01 in the 100 Free, taking third.
Lauren Atkins won the 1000 Free for the Tigers as well, swimming a 10:39.46. Atkins' time of 5:17.28 in the 500 Free was good for third.
Whitney Jorgensen took two second places for the Tigers. Jorgensen finished the 200 IM just behind Mardones with a 2:06.35. In the 200 Breast Jorgensen put up a 2:22.76, also good for a second place behind Mardones.
"The training's there, now it's just the details," said Richardson as the team's focus turns to the conference tournament. "The mentality is coming around...we're very excited about the MPSF Championships."
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