Tigers Open Pacific Invitational In Impressive Fashion

Stockton, Calif. – Pacific Swimming opened its home schedule with the 21st annual Pacific Invitational Friday, Oct. 19, welcoming San Diego State's women's squad and both the men and women from BYU to Kjeldsen Pool.

The Tigers' men's team squeaked out a first-place finish over the Cougars, finishing with 694 points to BYU's 681. SDSU took first on the women's side with 650 points while BYU and Pacific finished with 484 points and 343 points, respectively.

"From the top down, I was very excited about how we swam today," head coach Peter Richardson said. "I think the excitement of swimming in front of our home fans, along with some new renovations at Kjeldsen, got us ready to swim fast. I thought we brought a good mental attitude into the meet considering we were swimming some fantastic squads."

The meet kicked off with the 200 Medley Relay as Pacific's women's team, made up of senior Becca Wyant, senior Mallory McGowan, sophomore Dekel Shahaff and junior MaryElla Randall, placed second with a time of 1:44.41. Sophomore Cooper Rogers, sophomore Cameron Franke, junior Dai Wilson and sophomore Casey Fleming helped the Tigers' men's team take second behind a mark of 1:33.16.

McGowan and freshman Cristina Mardones paced Pacific's women's team with a pair of top-10 finishes on the day. McGowan placed third in the 100 Breast (1:04.75) and added a 10th-place showing in the 50 Free (24.79). Mardones was right behind McGowan in the 100 Breast, taking fifth with a time of 1:05.40. She also placed eighth in the 200 Free (1:54.71). 

The women's 50 Free saw Randall stop the clock at 24.20, good for third. Junior Hayley Shillington collected the Tigers' other top-five finish, placing fifth in the 200 Free (1:52.39). Sophomore Kelsey Boreyko took eighth in the 400 IM (4:40.51) while freshman Camorah King's time of 1:07.45 in the 100 Breast was good for ninth.

Rogers had a stellar day in the pool for Pacific's men's squad. Along with helping the Tigers to a second-place finish in the 200 Medley Relay, he placed second in the 200 Free (1:42.70) and third in the 100 Back (51.80). Junior Oliver Simkovic had the Tigers' other runner-up finish on the day, placing second in the 400 IM (4:04.74). He added a fourth-place finish in the 100 Back (52.36). 

Senior Zachary Zlotoff's time of 16:27.82 was good for third in the 1650 Free while Franke took third in the 100 Breast behind a mark of 58.54. Competing in his first meet of the season, sophomore Casey Fleming placed fourth in the 50 Free (21.44). Classmate Brandon Presswood stopped the clock at 16:43.97 in the 1650 Free, also good for fourth.

Freshman Hanaya Brasali had a solid day for the Tigers, taking fifth in the 400 IM (4:12.69) and sixth in the 100 Back (52.95). Sophomore Cody Burkard's time of 1:00.62 in the 100 Breast was good for fifth while junior Matt Stuhr and senior Jonathan Alves took sixth in the 200 Free (1:44.30) and 100 Breast (1:00.73), respectively.

The day's final relay, the 400 Free Relay, saw Pacific's women take fourth with a time of 3:33.17. Swimming for the Tigers were Mardones, Shillington, McGowan and Randall. On the men's side, Rogers, Stuhr, Fleming and junior Taylor Moore helped the Tigers to a second-place finish behind a time of 3:07.17.

The Pacific Invitational resumes tomorrow at 10 a.m. at Kjeldsen Pool. Stanford's men's team, the women from UC Davis, and both of UC Santa Cruz's squads will join the action.