STOCKTON, Calif. - The Pacific Tigers head to Los Angeles this week for the MPSF Championships, looking to build off a strong regular season and send a swimmer to the NCAAs for the third year in a row. The Tigers set five individual records this season as well as five relay records this season.
The MPSF Championships, held at East Los Angeles College, will take place over four days, beginning Wednesday, February 15. The competition will conclude on Saturday, February 18.
Already this season, the Tigers have set five individual records. Whitney Jorgensen broke two school records, taking down her own record in the 200 IM and setting a new record in the 200 Breast. Jorgensen, a senior, swam a 2:00.36 in the 200 IM and a 2:14.81 in the 200 Breast.
Vaiva Gimbutyte also set a record for the Tiger women, swimming a 49.53 in the 100 Free to get in the history books. For the men, Makoa Haneberg broke the 100 Back record with his time of 47.50. Mitchell Ongstad broke a 21-year-old record set by former U.S. Olympian Brad Schumacher with his 19.64 time in the 50 Free.
Since the calendar rolled over to 2017 the Tigers have dominated in the pool, winning five of their eight competitions heading into the MPSFs.
Last year at the conference championship, the Tigers won the five events and took second in another ten. Ramey, Ongstad, Miles MacKenzie, Yahav Shahaf, and Georan Meendering all return after winning events last year. Ramey won the 100 Fly individually while MacKenzie took home a 200 Free championshipa and Shahaf a 100 Breast in 2016. The team of Meendering, Shahaf, Ongstad, and MacKenzie had a 400 Medley Relay championship last year for the Tigers as well.
This will be the first year that the Tigers will field a dive team at the MPSFs as well.
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