Nine Swimmers Tabbed To All-MPSF Squads
Stockton, Calif. – Pacific Swimming saw nine of its student-athletes named to the 2011-12 All-Mountain Pacific Sports Federation teams announced Tuesday, Feb. 21. Five men's swimmers and four women's swimmers were recognized for their impressive showings at last week's MPSF Championships.
Highlighting the men's team was sophomore Oliver Simkovic, who earned First Team All-MPSF honors in both the 400 IM and the 200 Back. The Austrian native won both races at last week's conference championship meet, finishing with respective times of 3:52.28 and 1:48.52. Both times also met NCAA qualification standards.
Simkovic also picked up second team honors in the 200 IM after finishing fourth with a time of 1:48.52.
Freshman Brandon Chandler was the squad's other first team selection. In the first conference championship meet of his career, Chandler picked up an NCAA qualification time in the 1650 Free, coming in second behind a time of 15:27.09.
In the final MPSF Championship appearance of his career, senior Kevin Byers earned Second-Team All-MPSF honors in the 100 Fly. His time of 48.65 was good for sixth.
A pair of freshmen in Cooper Rogers and Casey Fleming earned second team recognition in the 100 Back. Rogers finished fifth with a time of 49.76 while Fleming came in sixth, stopping the clock at 49.86.
The women's squad also picked up a pair of First Team All-MPSF nods in sophomore MaryElla Randall and freshman Dekel Shahaf. Randall was the runner-up in the 50 Free, and her time of 23.11 met the NCAA qualification standard. Coming in third in the 100 Fly was Shahaf, who's 55.36 mark also met the NCAA qualification standard.
Both swimmers also added second team honors to their resumes. Randall's time of 51.13 was good for sixth in the 100 Free while Shahaf came in fifth in the 100 Back with a time of 57.30.
Junior Mallory McGowan earned Second Team All-MPSF recognition in both breaststroke events. She finished eighth in both the 100 Breast and the 200 Breast, clocking in with respective times of 1:03.70 and 2:20.13.
Sophomore Hayley Shillington was named to the league's second team after coming in seventh in the 200 Free. She finished with a time of 1:51.21.
The women's team finished sixth at the MPSF Championships while the men came in seventh.