Bakersfield, Calif. – The Pacific men's and women's swimming teams took on Mountain Pacific Sports Federation foe CSU Bakersfield Saturday, Oct. 27, in the second dual meet of the season for both squads. The men were outscored, 160-123, while the women were edged, 156-132.
"I was happy with how we swam today," head coach Peter Richardson said. "I thought we got a lot of great swims from a lot of swimmers. I thought we gave Bakersfield everything we had."
Juniors Oliver Simkovic and Dai Wilson recorded a pair of first-place finishes for Pacific's men's team. Simkovic claimed titles in the 200 Back (1:52.40) and the 200 IM (1:55.56) while Wilson finished first in both the 100 Fly (50.05) and 200 Fly (1:54.96). Simkovic added a runner-up finish in the 200 Fly to his day, clocking in at 1:55.99.
Sophomore Cameron Franke accounted for the Tigers' fifth first-place showing, taking the top spot in the 100 Breast with a time of 58.19. The 200 Breast saw Franke take second, clocking in at 2:11.55.
Reigning MPSF Athlete of the Week sophomore Cooper Rogers collected a pair of second-place finishes on the day, taking second in both the 100 Back (52.20) and the 100 Free (47.24). Senior Zachary Zlotoff and freshman Hanaya Brasali rounded out the Tigers' top-three finishes as Zlotoff placed third in the 1000 Free (9:48.11) while Brasali came in third in the 200 Back (1:55.34).
Pacific's women were equally impressive, claiming wins in eight of the day's 14 events. Junior Hayley Shillington had a monster day in the pool, claiming wins in the 100 Free (52.76), the 200 Free (1:51.09) and the 500 Free (5:02.85).
The Tigers went 1-2-3 in the 100 Breast, led by freshman Cristina Mardones's time of 1:06.00. Taking second was freshman Camorah King (1:08.51) while senior Becca Wyant placed third (1:09.17). Mardones also finished first in both the 200 Breast (2:23.25) and the 200 IM (2:05.46).
Senior Allie Vetterlein came in first in the 100 Fly with a time of 57.53. She added a runner-up finish in the 200 IM (2:08.77) and a third-place swim in the 200 Fly (2:10.50) to her day. Sophomore Dekel Shahaff accounted for Pacific's eighth event win, placing first in the 100 Back with a time of 58.14. She also added a second-place finish in the 100 Fly (57.57).
Pacific got a trio of second-place showings from Wyant in the 200 Breast (2:29.13), senior Jenna Chaplin in the 200 Fly (2:09.53) and junior Shelby Bolin in the 200 Back (2:10.40). Junior Lydia Schramm finished third in the 1000 Free (10:54.67), giving the Tigers 17 top-three finishes on the day.
The Tigers' relay teams also swam well as the men won the 200 Medley Relay behind a time of 1:34.38 while the women's B team clocked in at 1:50.41, good for second. The men also won the 400 Free Relay (3:07.68) while the women took third (3:36.63).
Pacific will resume competition Saturday, Nov. 17, when it welcomes UC Santa Cruz and Fresno Pacific to Kjeldsen Pool for a tri meet. The meet is scheduled to begin at 12 p.m.