Las Vegas, Nev. – The Pacific swimming program continued its impressive performance at the UNLV Winter Invitational Sunday, Dec. 16. After the second day of competition, both squads sit in second as the women own 612 points while the man have 599.5 points.
Both teams accounted for a total of 57 seconds swims after dominating the preliminary sessions earlier in the day. The men earned 29 spots in the final heats while the women claimed 28 finals berths. In the night's finals heats, the Tigers recorded 27 top-eight finishes, 15 from the women's squad and 12 from the men.
Freshman Cristina Mardones and junior Hayley Shillington backed up their wins in their respective preliminary heats with wins during the finals session. Mardones won the 400 IM with a time of 4:25.98 while Shillington touched first in the 200 Free (1:50.24). Senior Mallory McGowan took second in the 100 Breast (1:04.63) while sophomore Dekel Shahaff claimed third in the 100 Fly behind a time of 56.50.
Mardones and Shahaff added fourth-place finishes to their resumes as Mardones clocked in at 1:04.78 in the 100 Breast while Shahaff finished the 100 Back with a time of 57.42. Sophomore Kelsey Crowder also had a fourth-place finish on the day, clocking in at 4:36.99 in the 400 IM. Senior Jenna Chaplin took fifth in the 100 Fly (56.84) while junior Bo Cameron finished sixth in both the 200 Free (1:55.37) and the 100 Back (58.23).
Senior Becca Wyant recorded two eighth-place finishes in the 100 Fly (58.96) and the 100 Back (59.49), respectively. The women's team added two more eighth-place finishes behind sophomores Kelsey Boreyko and Sydni Johanson. Boreyko placed eighth in the 400 IM (4:41.91) while Johanson took eighth in the 200 Free (1:55.56).
The men's team was equally impressive on the day, recording a trio of second-place finishes. Junior Oliver Simkovic took second in the 400 IM (3:59.93), junior Dai Wilson placed second in the 100 Fly (49.94) and sophomore Cooper Rogers was the runner up in the 100 Back (50.28). Rogers added a third-place finish in the 200 Free (1:40.24) while sophomore Cameron Franke took third in the 100 Breast (57.71) and sophomore Casey Fleming was third in the 100 Back (50.67).
The men's 400 IM saw three more Tigers finish in the top eight as sophomore Brandon Chandler (4:13.56), freshman Hanaya Brasali (4:17.93) and sophomore Jeff Peters (4:21.84) took fifth, sixth and eighth, respectively. Brasali also came in fifth in the 100 Back with a time of 51.46 while senior Jonathan Alves took fifth in the 100 Breast (58.92). Wilson had Pacific's final top-eight showing, placing eighth in the 100 Back behind a mark of 53.20.
Both Pacific's men's and women's teams won their respective 800 Free Relays. The women's group, made up of Shillington, junior Shannon Van Konynenburg, Mardones and Cameron, clocked in at 7:35.39 while Simkovic, sophomore Brandon Presswood, Rogers and junior Taylor Moore finished with a total time of 6:48.69. The 200 Medley Relay saw both teams come in third as the women finished with a time of 1:43.29 and the men clocked in at 1:31.90.
The UNLV Winter Invitational concludes tomorrow with preliminary heats beginning at 9 a.m. Live results can be found here.