Pacific Wraps Up Dual Meet Season With Solid Showing At UCSB

Photo by Becca Wyant

Santa Barbara, Calif. – Competing in their final dual meets of the 2012-13 season, the Pacific men's and women's swimming teams squared off in a dual meet at UC Santa Barbara Saturday, Feb. 2. The men fell to the host Gauchos, 152.5-109.5, while the women defeated Loyola Marymount, 159-103, but were outscored by UCSB, 161-101.

The Tigers swam much better than in yesterday's meet at Cal Poly, recording solid times across the board. Pacific finished the day with six individual events titles and two relay wins while collecting a total of 29 top-three finishes.

"I thought we swam a lot better than we did against Cal Poly yesterday," head coach Peter Richardson said. "Our seniors had a strong meet led by Allie Vetterlein, Zachary Zlotoff and Jonathan Alves. The women swam well as a team and really controlled the whole meet against Loyola Marymount."

The women were paced by senior Allie Vetterlein, who won both the 200 Fly (2:07.27) and the 200 IM (2:08.08). She added a second-place finish in the 100 Fly (57.62). The Tigers' other first-place finish came courtesy of sophomore Dekel Shahaff, who won the 100 Fly with a time of 57.29. She also took second in the 100 Back (58.28).

Junior Hayley Shillington placed second in both the 200 Free (1:54.23) and the 500 Free (5:08.43). Fellow junior Bo Cameron took second in the 200 Back with a time of 2:10.50, while sophomore Kelsey Boreyko and freshman Cristina Mardones racked up second-place finishes in the 1000 Free (10:58.00) and the 200 Breast (2:21.67), respectively.

The women accounted for three third-place finishes on the day. Junior Lydia Schramm's time of 10:59.94 was good for third in the 1000 Free while seniors Mallory McGowan and Jenna Chaplin took third in the 100 Breast (1:06.14) and 200 Fly (2:09.45), respectively.

Pacific's men's squad notched three event wins during the meet, but the highlight came in the 200 Back as the Tigers claimed the top three spots to sweep the race. Junior Oliver Simkovic clocked in at 1:52.38 to take first, followed by sophomore Brandon Presswood's time of 1:58.53. Sophomore Cooper Rogers claimed third with a mark of 1:58.82.

Simkovic added a second-place finish in the 500 Free (4:44.30) while Rogers also took third in the 100 Back (52.80).

Freshman Brandon Chandler won the 1000 Free (9:45.08) for Pacific's second event win while the third first-place finish came in the 200 Breast as junior DJ Schilling's time of 2:08.90 was good for first.

Senior Zachary Zlotoff collected a pair of runner-up finishes, taking second in both the 1000 Free (9:46.16) and the 500 Free (4:44.30). Junior Dai Wilson recorded Pacific's other second-place finish, clocking in at 50.72 in the 100 Fly.

Senior Jonathan Alves and freshman Hanaya Brasali took third in two different events. Alves claimed third in both the 100 Breast (59.92) and the 200 Breast (1:57.85) while Brasali took third in the 100 Fly (51.94) and the 200 IM (1:58.18), respectively.

Senior Bart Platow and sophomore Casey Fleming rounded out the Tigers' top-three finishes as Platow finished third in the 200 Fly (1:57.85) while Fleming clocked in at 22.01 in the 50 Free, good for third.

Pacific's women opened the meet with a win in the 200 Medley Relay. The group, made up of senior Becca Wyant, McGowan, Shahaff and freshman Cristina Mardones, finished with a time of 1:47.41. On the men's side, Rogers, junior Taylor Moore, Fleming and junior Jason Carnes led the Tigers to a win in the 400 Free Relay behind a time of 3:08.65.

The teams will begin their final preparations for the MPSF Championships that begin Wednesday, Feb. 20. The four-day meet will be held at East Los Angeles College for the second year in a row.