Pacific Men Win Invitational For First Time

Oct. 24, 2012

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PACIFIC men claimed the Pacific Invitational for the first time in the 21-year history of the event, accumulating 1,079 points over the two days. Cooper Rogers placed second in the 200 Free (1:42.70) and third in the 100 Back (51.80). Junior Oliver Simkovic had the Tigers' other runner-up finish on the day, placing second in the 400 IM (4:04.74), along with a fourth-place 100 Back (52.36). Zachary Zlotoff was third in the 1650 Free (16:27.82) ...Cristina Mardones placed third in the 200 Breast (2:22.00) while Allie Vetterlein finished third in the 100 Fly (57.74), as the Tiger women placed second to San Diego State and ahead of UC Davis.

CSU BAKERSFIELD Alex Daneke won the 100 Back (51.36) and the 100 Fly (51.20) to lead a 153-135 dual win over Seattle U last Saturday at home. Other Roadrunner winners included Joao Foresto in the 100 Free (46.84), Mitchell Huxhold in the 1,000 Free (9:36.53), Gabriel Bertrand in the 200 Free (1:41.88), and Mitch Wurm in the 50 Free (21.08).

SEATTLE U won eight of 14 events at CSU Bakersfield. In his first collegiate meet, Andy Cunningham posted the second and seventh fastest times in school history in the 500 Free (4.32.48) and 200 Fly (1.52.86), respectively. Chris Lynch claimed the 100 Breast (57.39), as did Nic Morrell in the 200 Back (1.53.27). The 200 Medley Relay team was also victorious (1.33.71).

HAWAII Luca Mazzurana took the top spot in the 100 Fly as did Karima Chuk in the 500 Free as the Hawai'i men and women competed in a two-day meet at Arizona. Chuk, a transfer from Arizona State, won her first event as a Rainbow Wahine in the 500 Free (4:59.72). Mazzurana also won the 100 Fly (49.41) after finishing first in the 200 Fly (1:50.49) on day one. Gen Yamamoto took top honors in the men's 1000 Free (9:44.75).

AIR FORCE hit the wall first in 12 of 13 events, taking down Colorado College, Colorado Mesa, and Colorado Mines last Friday at the Academy. Angus MacDonald won the 50 Free (21.68), Kevin Mitchell the 100 Free (47.86), Michael Barnosky the 200 Free (1:45.25), Kevin Jackson the 500 free (4:56.32), and Max Evans-Nolan the 1000 Free (10:13.31). A pair of freshmen paced the Falcons in the diving events, as Dominic Vallejo claimed 1-meter (291.90) and Nathaniel Zillweger 3-meter (314.05).

NORTH DAKOTA took out visiting South Dakota in a home dual last Saturday, 153-132. UND winners included George Philbin in the 1000 Free (10:14.14), Aaron Chanas-LaRue in 200 Free (1:43.66) and 200 Back (1:57.90), Adam Gannon in 100 Free (47.75), and Austin Smith's sub-one minute 100 Breast (59.03), as UND took the top three spots in that event. Smith then easily won the 200 Breast (2:12.65), as did Matt Koken in the 200 Fly (1:57.53). Lastly, Rick Eberle displayed the top 3-meter dive (294.96).

BYU men won every day one event at the Pacific Invitational with freshman Preston Jenkins leading the way with two individual victories in the 200 Free (1:41.92) and the 100 Back (51.04). Other Cougar winners included Brady Wells in the 100 Breast (58.06) and Shawn Western in the 1650 Free (16:08.28). Hayden Palmer's 400 IM (3:58.00) is currently sixth in the country.

UC DAVIS Karley Troup placed third in the 200 Fly (2.08.60) while distance freestylers Samantha Shellem and Marissa Brown made their Aggie debuts by posting the fastest 500 free times for a season-opening meet in school history to highlight UC Davis at the Pacific Invitational. Shellem, a junior transfer from California, placed fourth in the 500 (5:00.90), just ahead of Brown (5:01.72).

SAN DIEGO Keenan Lineback and Jacquie Kimmel highlighted the day for the Toreros in a dual at USC, as Lineback won the 200 Fly (2.05.54) and 400 IM (4.27.85), while Kimmel captured the top spot in the 50 Free (24.25). USD's B relay had a first-place finish in the 400 Free Relay (3:31.26).


BYU sophomore Andrea Grant (Walnut, CA/Walnut HS) swam a 152.71 in her 200 free, along with a 24.72 in the 50 and 52.6 in the 100 free, at the Pacific Invitational this past weekend. Also Nominated: Samantha Shellem (UCD); Mallory McGowan (PAC)...


Pacific sophomore Cooper Rogers (Perth, Australia) went 1:42.70 in the 200 Free to take second and 51.80 in the 100 Back to take third at the Pacific Invitational, won by the Tigers for the first time ever. He also had times of 22.14 in the 50 Free and 47.60 in the 100 Free. He swam in all four relays going 20.96 in his leg of the 200 Free Relay, 1:44.54 in the 800 Free Relay, 47.07 in the 400 Free Relay and 24.21 in the 200 Medley Relay. Also Nominated: Alex Daneke (CSUB), Andy Cunningham (SU); Nathanial Zillweger (AF); Hayden Palmer (BYU); Aaron Chanas-LaRue (UND)...