Redlands Swimming & Diving Notches Nine First-Place Finishes in Loss to Pomona-Pitzer Sagehens

photo credit: Ali Tucker
photo credit: Ali Tucker

The University of Redlands swimming & diving teams continued Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SCIAC) competition on Saturday, January 24, against the Sagehens of Pomona-Pitzer Colleges. The men suffered a 91-189 defeat, while the women were edged out by a score of 134-162.

Despite the loss, the women swam well by finishing first in six events and taking second in eight races.

Sophomore Ellie Jaques (Covina, CA) clocked quality times at the meet, including a first-place finish in the 200 Individual Medley (2:12.27). In addition, she took second in the 200 Free and 100 Free by clocking times of 1:57.80 and 54.54, respectively.

In addition, freshman Rachel Haney (Redmond, WA) notched solid times on the day, as she took home the gold in the 100 Back with a time of 1:01.35. She went on to add a second-place showing in the 200 Back (2:12.80).

Senior Summer Harp (San Bernardino, CA) landed at the top of the podium in the 500 Free by touching the wall first with a time of 5:21.92, which was nearly four seconds faster than the second-place finisher. Harp later added a third-place effort in the 200 Free with a time of 2:00.44.

Junior Lauren Robeznieks (Tigard, OR) shined in the 100 Fly by out-touching the competition for a winning time of 1:00.46, while freshman Claire Stuhr (Portland, OR) came away with first-place showings in the 100 Breast (1:09.45) and 200 Breast (2:28.49).

Sophomore Jessica Rivers (Renton, WA), freshman Olivia Rock (Boulder, CO), freshman Emily Waddell (Bellevue, WA), and Haney teamed up for a second-place performance in the 200 Medley Relay with a combined time of 1:53.55. In addition, the relay of Robeznieks, Waddell, Harp, and Jaques finished second in the 200 Free with a time of 1:40.51.

On the men's side, the Bulldog swimmers recorded won three events while tallying four second-place finishes.

All first-place showings were snagged by senior Jeff Depew (Naperville, IL), who won the 200 IM (1:54.34), 200 Fly (1:51.78), and 100 Fly. In the 200 IM and 200 Fly, he finished ahead of the second-place swimmer by nearly four seconds.

Senior Eric LoPrete (Beaverton, OR) came in second in the 200 Free after touching the wall at the 1:47.55-mark. Junior Nelson Glendinning (Philadelphia, PA) registered a second-place effort in the 50 Free with a time of 22.00. Finally, sophomore Will Tyrrell (Portland, OR) added to the second-place finishers by clocking a 53.65-mark in the 100 Back.

On the diving boards, sophomore Jessica Kolsky (Red Wing, MN) sprung herself to the top of the podium after registering a total score of 225.90 on the three-meter event. She posted a second-place score of 211.10 on the one-meter board to lead the Maroon and Gray.

Senior Kirsten Arroyo (San Diego, CA) took third on the one-meter board after tallying 192.10 points, while senior Erica Pieramico (Oceanside, CA) finished third in the three-meter competition with a score of 189.40.

Sophomore Miko Mallari (Palo Alto, CA) was the lone men's diver in the competition, earning a score of 156.10 on the three-meter board and a tally of 194.55 on the one-meter.

The Redlands swimming & diving teams look forward to returning to the Thompson Aquatic Center on Saturday, January 31, when they take on conference rival Claremont-Mudd-Scripps in their final home meet of the season. The competition begins at 10 a.m. with diving, followed by a brief recognition of the Bulldog seniors prior to the swimming portion of the meet.