Tigers Fall In Dual Meet At Cal Poly

Oliver Simkovic - Photo by Becca Wyant

San Luis Obispo, Calif. – Back in competitive action for the first time in nearly a month, the Pacific swimming teams squared off with host Cal Poly in a dual meet Friday, Feb. 1. The Tigers' men were edged, 163-99, while the women were outscored, 177-85.

The day was not without numerous highlights, however, as Pacific collected six event titles and six runner-up finishes. Each team accounted for three of the first-place finishes while the men's team was responsible for four of the six second-place times.

Juniors Hayley Shillington and Oliver Simkovic finished the day with a pair of event titles, respectively. Shillington came in first in both the 200 Free (1:52.43) and the 500 Free (5:05.94) while Simkovic's respective marks of 52.02 in the 100 Back and 1:51.39 in the 200 Back were good for first place. Simkovic added a third-place finish in the 200 IM (1:57.66) to his record.

On the women's side, the two breast events saw the Tigers take second and third in each race. Freshman Cristina Mardones claimed second with marks of 1:05.88 in the 100 Breast and 2:20.87 in the 200 Breast while senior Mallory McGowan came in third behind times of 1:06.80 in the 100 Breast and 2:24.30 in the 200 Breast. Mardones picked up an event title in her last race of the day, claiming first in the 200 IM (2:07.67).

Junior Dai Wilson earned the Tigers' final first-place finish, winning the 100 Fly with a time of 50.47. He added a second-place finish in the 200 Fly, stopping the clock at 1:53.62. Junior DJ Schilling came in second in the 200 Breast (2:09.91) while sophomore Cooper Rogers and freshman Hanaya Brasali took second in the 200 Free (1:43.04) and the 100 Back (52.97), respectively.

Senior Allie Vetterlein finished third in both the 100 Fly and 200 IM, clocking in at 58.41 and 2:08.01, respectively. Junior Shelby Bolin's time of 2:10.48 was good for third in the 200 Back while sophomores Kelsey Boreyko and Dekel Shahaff placed third in the 1000 Free (10:51.04) and the 100 Back (59.45), respectively.

On the men's side, sophomore Brandon Chandler took third in a pair of events, clocking in at 9:43.90 in the 100 Free and 4:45.53 in the 500 Free. Sophomore Casey Fleming rounded out the Tigers' top-three finishers, clocking in at 21.90 in the 50 Free to take third.

Pacific's men ended the meet with a win in the 400 Free Relay thanks to solid splits from Rogers, Fleming, junior Taylor Moore and Wilson. The Tigers finished with a time of 3:09.25, nearly two seconds faster than Cal Poly's second-place mark.

"I thought we came out a little flat but I was pleased with how we finished," head coach Peter Richardson said. "We really finished strong, especially in the men's 100 Fly, the women's 200 IM and the men's 400 Free Relay. We're looking forward to getting back in the pool tomorrow in Santa Barbara and I anticipate a better showing."

Pacific will race in its final dual meet tomorrow, Feb. 3, before the MPSF Championships begin on Feb. 20. Both of the Tigers' squads take on host UC Santa Barbara at 11 a.m. while Loyola Marymount joins the action on the women's side.