The University of Redlands swimming teams competed in an informal, fun meet against Whitman College (WA) on Tuesday afternoon at the Thompson Aquatic Center. Among the unique events, the swimmers joined forces in co-ed relays for backstroke, breaststroke, butterfly, and medley, while also competing in individual freestyle races. Overall, the Bulldogs prevailed in the combined scoring by one point, 105-104. As a team, the women collected a 44-13 win, while the men fell by a score of 14-43.
Redlands out-touched the competition in the mixed 200 Breast Relay, with the quartet of sophomore Jessica Rivers (Renton, WA), sophomore Ellie Jaques (Covina, CA), freshman Brian Wright (Kent, WA), and freshman Harlan Long (Orland Park, IL) putting together a time of 2:03.39.
In addition, the Maroon and Gray gained a first-place performance in the mixed 400 Medley Individual Medley Relay after freshman Claire Stuhr (Portland, OR), Wright, Jaques, and senior Jeff Depew (Naperville, IL) registered a winning time of 4:02.20.
The fun continued in the mixed 200 Fly Relay, as the quartet of senior Eric LoPrete (Beaverton, OR), freshman Olivia Rock (Boulder, CO), Jaques, and Depew provided another first-place performance with a time of 1:45.35.
Individually, the Bulldog women swept the top-three finishes of the 200 Free, with Rivers (2:03.77) headlining the trio as the overall winner.
Freshman Emily Waddell (Bellevue, WA) took care of business in the 100 Free by earning first place with a time of 55.62, while junior Lauren Robeznieks (Tigard, OR) out-touched the competition in the 50 Free at 26.19.
On the men's side, the Bulldogs collected three second-place showings in each of the individual races. Junior Nelson Glendinning (Philadelphia, PA) recorded a time of 22.39 in the 50 Free, which was just one one-hundredths behind the winner. Sophomore Jacob Schurkman (Norco, CA) took second in the fast-paced 100 Free by completing the race in 51.57, while sophomore Eric Bugna (Vancouver, WA) represented Redlands on the podium of the 200 Free with his second-place time of 1:50.95.
The Bulldogs head to Whittier College on Saturday, January 17, to face off against the Poets and Cal Lutheran University in a SCIAC tri-meet, beginning at 10 a.m. with diving and followed by swimming at 11 a.m.