Men's Swimming & Diving

Poets wrap up regular season with loss with Occidental

Poets wrap up regular season with loss with Occidental

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LOS ANGELES, Calif. – The Whittier College Men's Swimming & Diving team wrapped up their regular season Saturday as they dropped a close 143-119 decision to Occidental College.

Michael Laws (Anacortes, WA), Brandon Tran (Plainfield, Ill.), Marko Miocic (Great Neck, NY), and Sam Sutherland (Wahiawa, HI) got the scoring started in the 200 Medley with a 2nd Place finish (1:38.03).  Freshman William Arnsparger (Long Beach, Calif.) then took to the distance and grabbed top honors with a time of 18:12.45, while Anders Blomso (Shoreline, WA) picked up another three points by finishing 3rd (18:58.71).

Sutherland came back in his individual event, the 200 Free and won with a time of 1:46.54 with Titas Grabauskas (Vilnius, Lithuania) right behind in 4th (1:53.38).  In the 100 Back, the Poets' Laws, Colin-James Fellezs (Mililani, HI), and Trevor Tuma (Vashon Island, HI) went 4-5-6 totaling six points.

Freshman Tran then got into the mix winning the 100 Breast (:59.03), while Anthony Carazo (Chino Hills, Calif.) and Robert Kaarett (Highland Park, Ill.) took 4th and 5th.  Fellezs then took 3rd in the 50 Fly (:25.17, while Miocic and Julian Droetti (Irvine, Calif.) went 2nd and 4th in the 50 Free.

Sutherland won the 100 Free with a mark of :47.68 and was joined by Droetti who grabbed 3rd (:51.22). 

Laws came back in the 50 Back to place 3rd (:26.45) with Tran taking home the top spot in the 50 Breast (:27.02).

Arnsparger remained in the distance placing 2nd with a time of 5:09.82 with Carazo coming in 4th (5:17.18).  Miocic took part in the 100 Fly and his :53.85 was good enough for 2nd, while Grabauskas placed 4th (:58.66).

In the 400 IM, Fellezs and Dominic Baldwin (Lafayette, Calif.) went 1-2 with times of 4:25.89 and 4:26.22, each respectively, with Tuma coming in 4th (4:55.53). 

In the final event of the day, the team of Miocic, Droetti, Laws, and Sutherland would pull off the win in the 200 Free Relay (1:28.78), while Arnsparger, Carazo, Grabauskas, and Tran would come in 4th (1:34.32).                

Whittier has already began preparations for the SCIAC Championships, which will take place next week from Wednesday-Saturday, February 15-18 in Commerce, Calif. at the Brenda Villa Aquatic Center.