Total-Team Effort Lifts Redlands Swimming to 153-46 Victory over Puget Sound at Bulldog Classic

Photo credit: Maya Brito
Photo credit: Maya Brito

The University of Redlands swimming teams hosted the University of Puget Sound (WA) in the Bulldog Classic on Saturday at the Thompson Aquatic Center.  While competing in the fun, co-ed, relay meet, the Maroon and Gray cruised by the Loggers in a combined score of 153-46.  Redlands won every event while using a variety of swimmers in the non-conference competition to return from the Winter Break.

The Bulldogs started things off with a splash by taking home the gold and silver medals in the 400 Medley Relay.  The top quartet of first-year Samuel Ayers (Orinda, CA), sophomore Olivia Cano (Dublin, CA), first-year Sydney Nakagawa (Vancouver, WA), and first-year Lucas Walker (Mountain View, CA) touched the wall in a speedy time of 4:03.56, which was about six seconds faster than Redlands' next foursome.  Sophomore Jordan Convery (Fairview, OR), junior Julia Hagenbaumer (Naperville, IL), first-year Sarah Martin (Tualatin, OR, and sophomore Eric Forbes (Ladera Ranch, CA) joined forces to register a second-place time of 4:09.86.

The teams' success continued in the 600 and 100 Free relays.  First, the talented quartet of first-year Tom Jansen (Pleasant Hills, CA), first-year Jacqueline Setlich (Laguna Niguel, CA), senior Jack Ivey (Albuquerque, NM), and first-year Emily Heaston (Corona, CA) out-swam the competition in the 600 Free Relay with a time of 5:51.32 for a near-seven-second advantage over the runner-up.  In the 100 Free Relay, Setlich, Ayers, senior Wendy McAleer (Simi Valley, CA), and senior Aaron Bauer (Garden Grove, CA) won the race in 43.11, but first-year Makenna Parenti (Rocklin, CA), junior Carson Brett (Exeter, CA), junior Marie Sandstrom (Rhinelander, WI), and first-year Tanner Gish (La Canada, CA) closely followed in 44.67 for second place.

In the unique 200 Fly Relay, Redlands remained impressive, as Bauer, first-year Derrick Garcia (Orinda, CA), Parenti, and McAleer stepped up with a winning time of 1:44.69.

In addition, sophomore John Nelson (Parker, CO), Nakagawa, Cano, and first-year Anders Stenfjord (Shoreline, WA) prevailed in the 200 Back Relay with a gold-medal time of 1:49.53, while Jansen, first-year Madison Southmayd (Anthem, AZ), Heaston, and Convery came out victorious in the 1200 Free Relay by clocking in six seconds ahead of second place with their time of 12:46.15.

The 200 Breast Relay of Forbes, Hagenbaumer, Walker, and Martin also dominated the competition with a three-second differential in the winning time of 2:04.21.

Finally, the Bulldogs captured the top-two spots in the 400 Free Relay to finish the meet on a high note.  Ayers, Nakagawa, Cano, and Bauer set the stage with their first-place mark of 3:35.65, while Brett, Setlich, Parenti, and Forbes came in second with a time of 3:43.11.

The Redlands swimming & diving teams look forward to returning to conference competition when it hosts Chapman University and Caltech in a tri-meet on Saturday, January 12, at 10:30 a.m.