Las Vegas, Nev. – The Pacific swimming program opened up competition at the UNLV Winter Invitational with a number of stellar swims Saturday, Dec. 15. After the first day, the Tigers' men's team sits in second with 238 points while Pacific's women's squad finished Day One in third with 219 points.
The Tigers swam very well in the preliminaries Saturday morning, securing 37 berths into the finals heats later in the day. Junior Hayley Shillington and sophomore Cristina Mardones both won their preliminary races as Shillington took first in the 500 Free (4:58.74) and Mardones placed first in the 200 IM (2:04.42). On the men's side, junior Oliver Simkovic and freshman Hanaya Brasali placed second and third in the 200 IM behind respective times of 1:52.39 and 1:54.36.
Pacific opened the evening with solid times in the 200 Free Relay. Senior Mallory McGowan, sophomore Dekel Shahaff, senior Becca Wyant and Mardones led the Tigers' women's team to a fifth-place finish with a time of 1:36.46. The men finished third as junior Jason Carnes, freshman Casey Fleming, junior Dai Wilson and Rogers clocked in at 1:23.37.
Mardones backed up her first-place finish in the 200 IM prelim by winning the event with a time of 2:04.33. Senior Allie Vetterlein (2:06.35) and Shahaff (2:08.58) took third and fifth, respectively, in the same race. Junior Shannon Van Konynenburg recorded the Tigers' other top-eight finish as she stopped the clock at 5:10.56 in the 500 Free final.
On the men's side, Simkovic and Brasali repeated their performances from the prelims as they took second and third, respectively, in the 200 IM. Simkovic touched the wall at 1:49.73 while Brasali clocked in at 1:54.28. The 500 Free saw sophomore Brandon Presswood (4:37.64), junior Matt Stuhr (4:42.50) and senior Zach Zlotoff (4:44.04) place fifth, seventh, and eighth respectively. Pacific's other top-eight finishes came in the 50 Free as Fleming (21.11) and Rogers (21.19) took seventh and eighth, respectively.
The night ended with the 400 Medley Relay as Pacific recorded third-place finishes on both sides. The women, made up of Mardones, McGowan, Shahaff and Shillington, finished with a time of 3:50.09 while Rogers, sophomore Cameron Franke, Wilson and junior Taylor Moore clocked in at 3:23.33 for the men's team.
The meet resumes tomorrow at 9:00 a.m. with preliminary swims. Live results can be found here.