Tigers Conclude UNLV Winter Invitational In Exciting Fashion

Oliver Simkovic - Photo by Becca Wyant

Las Vegas, Nev. – The Pacific Swimming program wrapped up competition at the UNLV Winter Invitational Monday, Dec. 17, with the men claiming the meet title while the women took second. The Tigers' men's team finished with 950 points while the women racked up 811.5 points.

The Tigers combined for 25 top-eight finishes during the final night of competition, 17 of which came on the men's side.

"This is a great accomplishment for both of our programs," head coach Peter Richardson said. "We went up against a lot of talented squads this weekend, including an excellent UNLV team that had a rigorous fall schedule. It's great for us to end on a high note."

Pacific's men's team had a spectacular final night in the pool, highlighted by junior Oliver Simkovic's win in the 200 Back (1:48.42). Junior Dai Wilson was the runner-up in the 200 Fly (1:52.36) while freshman Hanaya Brasali, senior Jonathan Alves and senior Zachary Zlotoff took third in three different events. Brasali came in third in the 200 Back (1:53.53) while Alves placed third in the 200 Breast (2:08.57) and Zlotoff touched third in the 1650 Free (16:17.51).

Junior Matt Stuhr came in fourth in the 1650 Free (16:22.57) and added an eighth-place finish in the 200 Fly (2:00.63). Sophomore Casey Fleming took fourth in the 100 Free (45.67) for the Tigers' other fourth-place finish. Four different Pacific swimmers took fifth on the night as sophomore Cooper Rogers clocked in at 45.98 in the 100 Free, junior DJ Schilling stopped the clock at 2:09.11 in the 200 Breast, senior Bart Platow touched the wall at 1:55.55 in the 200 Fly and sophomore Brandon Chandler finished with a time of 16:28.72 in the 1650 Free.

Sophomore Brandon Presswood finished sixth in both the 200 Back (1:56.31) and the 1650 Free (16:30.51), while sophomore Cody Burkard took sixth in the 200 Breast (2:09.62). Junior Jason Carnes' time of 46.67 was good for seventh in the 100 Free while sophomore Cameron Franke came in eighth in the 200 Breast (2:12.40).

On the women's side, senior Jenna Chaplin concluded the meet with a win in the 200 Fly, clocking in at 2:05.64. Right behind her was senior Allie Vetterlein, who came in second with a time of 2:06.23. Freshman Cristina Mardones took second in the 200 Breast, finishing with a mark of 2:20.37.

Junior Hayley Shillington clocked in at 51.88 in the 100 Free, good for third, while senior Mallory McGowan came in fourth in the 200 Breast (2:23.20). Junior Shelby Bolin took sixth in the 200 Back (2:05.06) while freshman Zoe Eldridge and junior Lydia Schramm came in eighth in the 100 Free (53.36) and the 1650 Free (18:05.42), respectively.

The meet concluded with the 400 Free Relay as the men's team, made up of Carnes, junior Taylor Moore, Fleming and Rogers, took second with a time of 3:02.60. McGowan, Shillington, junior Shannon Van Konynenburg and Mardones led the women to a third-place finish behind a time of 3:30.25.

Pacific will now remain in Las Vegas for four more days to get a head start on training for the remainder of its season.

"We're really looking forward to the rest of our season and the MPSF Championships in February," Richardson said. "We're going back to work tomorrow at 5 a.m. in preparation for the home stretch leading up to the conference meet."