The University of Redlands swimming & diving program took to the road for a Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SCIAC) against the Whittier College Poets on Saturday. Both teams came out on top, with the men prevailing by a score of 145-89, while the women registered a 137-103 win. In addition, Head Coach Leslie Whittemore notched her 100th men's dual-meet victory for another impressive milestone in her outstanding career at Redlands.
Overall, the Bulldogs combined to win 16 events between the teams, while also recording 13 second-place performances and 14 third-place showings.
Highlighting the success of the men's team, junior Henry Stuckenschmidt (Fresno, CA) out-touched the competition in the 1000 Free with a time of 10:17.68. Sophomore Sean Todd (Highland, CA) closely followed in 10:38.70 for second place.
Junior Brian Wright (Kent, WA) took home the gold in the 200 Individual Medley with a time of 1:57.98, before winning the 500 Free in 4:58.17 in a close battle with teammate Stuckenschmidt, who finished just 12 one-hundredths of a second behind for second place.
Senior Eric Bugna (Vancouver, WA) fired off the only sub-two-minute time in the 200 Fly to take first place, touching the wall in 1:56.90. He also recorded a time of 1:46.68 in the 200 Free for the silver medal.
In the diving competition, freshman Jacob Miner (Antioch, CA) performed well en route to a pair of first-place finishes. He notched a score of 291.95 on the one-meter board to go along with a tally of 257.90 on the three-meter.
The Redlands women began the swim meet with an impressive first-place performance in the 400 Medley Relay that included senior Danielle Miller (Hood River, OR), junior Claire Stuhr (Portland, OR), senior Ellie Jaques (Covina, CA), and junior Emily Waddell (Bellevue, WA). The quartet out-touched the competition by nearly seven seconds with a blistering time of 4:05.19.
Jaques added a winning mark of 2:11.16 in the 200 IM for a five-second advantage over the runner-up. She also prevailed in the 200 Breast with a solid time of 2:27.26, as Stuhr closely followed in 2:30.36 for second place. Stuhr also recorded a first-place time of 2:15.26 in the 200 Fly, while Miller impressed in the 200 Back with a top mark of 2:15.26.
Freshman Courtney Gray (Yucaipa, CA) uncorked a winning time of 11:28.64 in the 1000 Free, before freshman Taylor Cadile (San Jose, CA) and senior Cassidy Cramton (Rancho Cucamonga, CA) joined forces for first and second place in the 200 Free with respective times of 2:02.68 and 2:02.81. Cadile also came away with a gold medal in the 500 Free by touching the wall in 5:27.74.
Freshman Chloe Cadiz (Paia, HI) led the Bulldogs on the one-meter board with her first-place score of 257.70, while senior Jessica Kolsky (Red Win, MN) topped the team with her second-place tally of 247.35 in the three-meter competition.
Redlands looks forward to celebrating its seniors at the final home meet of the season on Saturday, February 4, when it hosts Cal Lutheran University and Chapman University at the Thompson Aquatic Center. Diving is slated to begin at 10 a.m., with swimming following at 11 a.m.