Men Finish First, Women Take Second As Swimming Concludes Pacific Invitational

Stockton, Calif. – The Pacific swimming teams wrapped up the 21st annual Pacific Invitational in thrilling fashion Saturday, Oct. 20, as the men's team claimed first place while the women finished second.

The Tigers' men's squad finished the two-day meet with 1,079 points, the first time they have claimed the title in school history. Stanford, who only competed Saturday, earned 1,063 points while Friday competitor BYU (681 points) and Saturday competitor UC Santa Cruz (179 points) rounded out the top four.

San Diego State claimed the women's title with 1,349 points while Pacific earned 706 points. BYU's women earned 484 points on Friday while UC Davis (422 points) and UC Santa Cruz (125 points) only competed Saturday. 

The meet got underway with the 200 Free Relay as Pacific's women claimed third with a time of 1:37.73. Swimming for the Tigers were junior MaryElla Randall, senior Mallory McGowan, sophomore Dekel Shahaff and freshman Cristina Mardones. The men's squad, made up of junior Jason Carnes, junior Taylor Moore, sophomore Cooper Rogers and junior Matt Stuhr, placed fourth with a time of 1:25.70. 

The Tigers' women's squad had an impressive day in the pool, recording 14 top-10 finishes on the day. Mardones placed third in the 200 Breast with a time of 2:22.00 while senior Allie Vetterlein finished third in the 100 Fly (57.74). Mardones added a fourth-place finish in the 200 IM, stopping the clock at 2:09.14.

Senior Jenna Chaplin's time of 2:09.42 was good for fifth in the 200 Fly while Vetterlein added her second top-five finish of the day in the 200 IM, placing fifth with a time of 2:09.38. McGowan and Shahaff rounded out Pacific's top-five finishers as McGowan placed fifth in the 200 Breast (2:22.15) while Shahaff took fifth in the 100 Fly (57.90).

The 200 Fly saw Vetterlein place sixth with a time of 2:09.44, her third top-10 finish on the day. Sophomore Hayley Shillington collected a pair of eighth-place finishes in the 100 Free (53.60) and the 500 Free (5:05.89), respectively. Junior Shelby Bolin's time of 2:10.66 was good for ninth in the 200 Back.

A trio of Tigers racked up 10th-place finishes Saturday as Randall took 10th in the 100 Free (53.81) while McGowan and sophomore Bo Cameron placed 10th in the 200 IM (2:11.72) and 200 Back (2:12.05), respectively.

The men's team also swam well, facing a difficult Stanford squad that routinely swept each event. Juniors Oliver Simkovic and Dai Wilson had the Tigers' highest finishes on the day, taking sixth in the 200 Back (1:52.63) and the 100 Fly (50.56), respectively. Wilson added an eighth-place finish in the 200 Fly (1:58.39), while Simkovic placed 10th in the 200 IM (1:55.52).

Sophomore Cameron Franke's time of 2:14.38 was good for seventh in the 200 Breast while sophomore Brandon Presswood and senior Jonathan Alves took eighth in the 200 Back (1:56.98) and the 200 Breast (2:15.41), respectively.

Three Pacific men's swimmers claimed ninth-place finishes on the day behind sophomore Jeff Peters in the 200 Back (2:03.86), sophomore Cody Burkard in the 200 Breast (2:16.04) and senior RJ Barton in the 100 Fly (53.71). Moore placed 10th in the 100 Free (47.22) while senior Bart Platow took 10th in the 100 Fly (54.42).

The 800 Free Relay concluded the meet as Randall, junior Shannon Van Konynenburg, Cameron and Shillington swam the Tigers' women's team to a third-place finish with a time of 7:55.57. Moore, freshman Hanaya Brasali, Simkovic and Rogers paced Pacific's men's team to a fifth-place finish behind a mark of 7:02.99.

Pacific's women's team is back home this Friday, Oct. 26, when Nevada visits Kjeldsen Pool for a dual meet. The action is set to begin at 1 p.m.