Pacific Tiger Swimmers Dominate UC Santa Cruz

The Pacific swim team notched two victories in a meet with UC Santa Cruz over the weekend, as the women took down the Slugs 138-74, and the men emerged with a 143-86 victory.


The Tigers got the better of Santa Cruz in all 28 events on Saturday. Highlights included a win in the women’s 200 Medley Relay, thanks to strong swimming from Cai Hong Singh ’19, Semaj Walker ’20, Jillian Hatch ’20, and Taylor Hosmer ’20; the women finished with a time of 1:48.43. The men also notched a victory in the 200 Medley, as Dylan Toy ’19, Brandon Reno ’20, Raju Kolluru ’20, and Lane Goedhart ’17 combined for a time of 1:35.08.


The Tiger men and the women also won the 200 Free Relay. Mitchell Ongstad ’17, Georan Meendering ’17, Jared Vu ’17, and Goedhart combined for a first-place finish time of 1:24.52. The women, meanwhile, posted a time of 1:44.24 in their victory, as Vaiva Gimbutyte ’17, Emily Saccullo ’17, Roslyn Kackman ’17, and Whitney Jorgensen ’17 gave it their all.


As for individual performances, Brigid McNally ’20 had a big day; the freshman won both the 200 Free and the 200 Individual Medley. Neil Franka ’18 gave a great performance as well, as he also won both the 200 Free and  200 Individual Medley.

In addition to Hosmer’s win in the 200 Medley Relay, she also took home first place finishes in the 200 Fly and the 200 Back. In the 100 Free, Goedhart added a victory for the men while Meredith Lillie ’19 won it for the women. Sonya Ahmadayar ’20 and Meendering won their respective contests in the 100 Back, while Yahav Shahaf ’20 and Hatch each collected wins in the 100 Breast.

Kenna Ramey ’18 and Ongstad both dominated in the 50 Free, while Lauren Atkins ’18 and Miles MacKenzie ’18 each won the 500 Free. There were plenty more Tigers who got in on the fun, as Devon Thumwood ’18 won the 200 Breast, Stewart Harrison ’18 won the 100 Fly, Kolluru won the 200 Fly, and Curtis Klein ’20 won the 200 Back.

The last couple of individual victories came from Jorgensen in the 500 Free, and Saccullo in the 200 Breast.
With this meet in the books, the men will now wait for the start of the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Championships on February 15, while the women will have one more meet at UC Davis this Saturday before they, too, wait for the start of the Championships.


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