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Tigers With Strong Showing at Cal State Bakersfield

Pacific men's and women's swimming and diving teams

The Pacific men's and women's swimming and diving teams put forth a strong effort against Cal State Bakerfield.

The Tigers' men's team finished just short of a team victory, falling by a score of 154-134. The Tigers combined for six, first place finishes, including wins in the 200 Medley and 400 Freestyle Relays. The 200 Relay team, made up of Makoa Haneberg, Yahav Shahaff, Mason Miller and Stewart Harrison, finished with a time of 1:31.16. In the 400 Freestyle Relay, Harrison, Josh OwensAustin Crump and Danny Larsen combined for a time of 3:04.52.

"We didn't have any men's divers entered for today's meet so I am really happy with how strong we performed in swimming. Our team fought hard and we definitely showed our strength in the relays as we finished one-and-three in the 200 and one-and-two in the 400," expressed head coach Peter Richardson.

Peterson added, "It is about racing tough in the fall."

Larsen is already making a name for himself as he also had second place finishes in the 200 Free (1:42.34) and the 500 Free (4:41.54). Shelby Lee also had a strong showing in the 200 Free with a finish of 1:43.77. 

Michael Kang snagged a first place finish in the 500 Free (4:41.54) and had a third place finish in the 1000 Free (9:54.80). Both of Kang's marks 2017 season bests. 

Also claiming first place finishes were Dylan Toy in the 100 Free (46.67) and Niles Bioley in the 200 Back (1:49.99), besting his previous mark in the 200 Back by over two seconds. Biolley also was second in the 200 IM (1:53.32) and third in the 100 Back (51.83). Angel Alcala also snagged a top finish with a mark of 1:52.95 in the 200 Fly.

"I was happy with how some of the younger guys like Danny Larsen and Michael Kang competed today. Both of them as well as Daniel Toy had a great meet," added Richardson.

For the second-straight day Miller and Harrison have finished back-to-back in both the 50 Free and 100 Fly. Against the Roadrunners Miller was second in the 50 Free (21.30), while Harrison was third with a time of 21.42. In the 100 Fly, Miller clocked a time of 49.86, while Harrison had a time of 50.54 in the event.

Makoa Haneberg had Pacific's top time in the 100 Back (50.48), while Neil Franka led the Tigers in the 200 Breast (2:11.63) and Shahaff in the 100 Breast (57.53).

The Pacific women's swimming and diving team also fell short today, falling to the Roadrunners, 184.5-114.5.

"On the women's side we were missing five impactful swimmers, which makes up 20 percent of our team, so that definitely effected our depth in today's meet. That being said I was proud with how we competed, especially in the Breaststroke," said Richardson.

the relay team's split with the Tigers earning the victory in the 200 Medley Relay. Cai Hong SinghElina RosarioKenna Ramey and Meredith Lillie combined for a time of 1:45.72. Rosario and Ramey also highlighted Pacific's efforts in a number of other events with Rosario also finishing with the top time in the 100 Breast (1:04.63), second in the 200 Breast (2:22.63) and fourth in the 100 Fly (58.80). Ramey was first in the 100 Fly (57.20) and second in the 100 Free (52.96). 

Pacific dominated in the 200 Breast and joining Rosario in placing in the event were Semaj Walker (2nd, 1:04.83) and Angela Gagliardo (3rd, 1:06.89). Gagliardo was also stellar in the 200 Breast, where she finished first overall with a time of 2:22.34, and in the 200 IM (2:08.63).

Rebecca Aguilar had top-four finishes in three events -- 100 Free (3rd, 53.87), 50 Free (3rd, 25.15) and 200 Free (4th, 1:58.21). Isabella Green snagged a first place finish in the 100 Back (59.05) and was second in the 200 Back (2:08.73). 

The Tigers top swimmer in the 1000 Free was Kendall Bromley (10:46.33), while Brigid McNally represented Pacific well in the 200 Fly (2:17.94) and the 500 Free (5:16.73). 

Competing for the women's diving team were Alexis AlbaneseLillian SamIrene Kuang and Isabelle Huynn. In the one-meter dive Albanese recorded a second place finish with a score of 171.07. Sam was fifth (75.15) and Kuang was sixth (71.10). In the three-meter dive, Albanese was fourth with a score of 114.82.

"I am really proud of our how our young divers competed today," added Richardson.

Pacific will take a week break before returning home to Chris Kjeldsen Pool to host its annual Pacific Invitational. The event will begin Friday, Oct. 27 at 7:00 p.m. and will conclude Saturday, Oct. 28.

Make sure to follow Pacific swimming on Twitter with the username @PacTigersH2O and on Instagram at pacificswimteam.

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