The Pacific Athletic Foundation is excited to host another Tiger Talk via Zoom with Water Polo Head Coach, James Graham, Swimming and Diving Head Coach, Katelyne Herrington and student-athletes Matthew Hosmer from water polo and Allie Emery from Pacific swimming and diving.
Hosted by the voice of Pacific men’s basketball, Zack Bayrouty, the three will discuss how they are continuing to sharpen their skill sets at home and the current nature of their sport.
Enjoying a historic season that included hosting the 2019 NCAA Division I Men’s Water Polo National Championships, Graham guided the Pacific men’s water polo team to finish as the national runner-up, falling to top-ranked Stanford, 13-8, in the national title match on Dec. 8. Overall, the Tigers tallied a 17-6 record on the season, including a perfect 5-0 mark in conference play, to secure their third straight regular season crown in the Golden Coast Conference (GCC).
Proving to be one of the most dominant athletes in program history, redshirt senior Luke Pavillard was named the GCC Player of the Year for the third consecutive season. Additionally, freshman Jeremie Cote was tabbed Newcomer of the Year, while Pavillard and senior Engin Ege Colak were selected to the First Team GCC All-Conference. Rounding out a stellar year in the pool, Cote earned a spot on the Second Team GCC All-Conference, senior Luis Araya was an Honorable Mention GCC All-Conference, as well as Cote and Matthew Hosmer being named to the GCC All-Freshman Team.
On the women’s side, the Tigers remained in the Collegiate Water Polo Association Top-25 the whole season, despite missing five key players due to the Olympic year. Although the season would be cut short, Pacific finished the season with a 3-13 overall record, including a thrilling 12-11 win over No. 24 Marist in the Michigan Tournament on Jan. 25. Overall, UOP would place at No. 22 in the final CWPA rankings.
In her first year in charge of the swimming program, Herrington led the Tigers to multiple personal bests, including helping All-MPSF swimmer Angela Gagliardo earn second place overall at the UNLV Invite in December and two NCAA B cuts at the MPSF Championships.
Overall, Herrington led the lady Tigers to victory at the Pacific Invite this past fall, while the men finished as the runner-up. The Tigers also landed three women’s swimmers in the top five in overall points, including individual winner, senior Brigid McNally.
Joining Herrington on the newest Tiger Talk will be Pacific swimmer Allie Emery, who recently completed her second season swimming in Stockton. Impressing in the water, the sophomore topped it off with a personal best in the 50 Free with a time of 23.42 at the MPSF Championships, the team’s top time in the event for the 2019-20 season. Emery also led the Tigers in the 100 and 200 Free on the season.
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