Bulldog Swimming & Diving Downed by Sagehens

Photo Credit:  Beth Doolittle
Photo Credit: Beth Doolittle

The University of Redlands swimming & diving teams competed against Pomona-Pitzer Colleges on Saturday at the Thompson Aquatic Center, with the women losing 107-191, and the men falling 115-179.  Despite the losses, the Bulldogs did garner some impressive individual performances throughout the course of the meet.

On the women's side early on in the day, junior Summer Harp (San Bernardino, CA) registered a second-place finish in the 1000 Free with a mark of 11:15.56.

Sophomore Lauren Robeznieks (Tigard, OR) also tallied a runner-up finish for the Bulldogs in the early stages of the day, taking second in the 200 Free with a time of 2:00.03.  Later in the meet, she recorded a third-place mark of 54.56 in the 100 Free.

In the 100 Back, freshman Ellie Jaques (Covina, CA) earned Redlands another second-place mark with a time of 1:02.61 in the 100 Back.  In the 100 Fly, she touched the wall in second position once again with a time of 1:00.84.

Garnering the Bulldogs' first individual win of the day was freshman Jessica Rivers (Renton, WA) when she uncorked a blistering time of 1:10.93 in the 100 Breast.  She continued her strong day in the 400 IM with another first-place finish, touching the wall in 4:49.71.

Junior Chandra Lukes (Escondido, CA) impressed in the 50 Free with a winning mark of 24.70.  Elsewhere, junior Haley Thiltgen (San Diego, CA) performed well in the 400 IM, placing second overall with a time of 4:51.94.

The quartet of Jaques, freshman Savannah Long (Kennesaw, GA), Robeznieks, and Lukes combined for a second-place mark of 3:39.90 in the 400 Free Relay to close out the day for the U of R women in the pool.

The Bulldog divers impressed on the day, with sophomore Akari Matsumoto (Redmond, WA) winning the one-meter event with a score of 213.95, while freshman Jessica Kolsky (Red Wing, MN) took second in the same event with a mark of 211.50.  Matsumoto went on to place second overall in the three-meter dive (207.45), while Kolsky took third overall (202.35).

On the men's side, junior Eric LoPrete (Beaverton, OR) began the day with a second-place finish in the 200 Free for the Maroon and Gray, clocking in a time of 1:48.13.

Depew followed that up with a runner-up finish in the 100 Back, losing by just 0.12 seconds with a time of 51.30.  He turned things around, however, by winning the 200 Back (1:53.93) and the 400 IM (4:13.31) later on in the meet.

Senior David Ortyn (Bainbridge Island, WA) performed valiantly in the Butterfly events, taking top honors in the 100 Fly (52.88) and second in the 200 Fly (1:58.58). 

Elsewhere, fellow senior Brent Reed swam well in the sprints, taking second in the 50 Free (22.09) and third in the 100 Free (48.76).

In the final relay of the day, the combination of sophomore Nelson Glendinning (Philadelphia, PA), senior Spencer Peugh (Alamo, CA), LoPrete, and Reed took second place in the 400 Free Relay with a time of 3:14.96.

The U of R men dominated the diving events, earning the top three spots in both events.  Freshman Zac Jure (San Bernardino, CA) nabbed top honors in both the one-meter (233.05) and three-meter (204.95) dives, while freshman Fernando Hudson (Indian Wells, CA) took second in both events with scores of 212.80 and 169.80, respectively.  Freshman Miko Mallari (Palo Alto, CA) placed third overall in each event with a score of 210.00 in the one-meter dive, and a mark of 154.90 and the three-meter dive.

Redlands returns to the pool on Saturday when it faces off against Claremont-Mudd-Scripps Colleges on Saturday, February 1.  The meet is scheduled to begin at 10 a.m. in Claremont.