Men's Swimming & Diving

Poets drop to 8th after Day 2 of SCIAC Championships

Poets drop to 8th after Day 2 of SCIAC Championships

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COMMERCE, Calif. – The Whittier College Men's Swimming & Diving team suffered a second tough day at the Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SCIAC) Championships bringing their total score to 119.

Whittier earned their first points in the 200 IM from Dominic Baldwin (Lafayette, Calif.) and Brandon Tran (Plainfield, Ill.) who each finished 12th and 13th, with times of 1:56.24 and 1:56.28, respectively. Freshman Michael Laws (Anacortes, WA) was the last Poet finisher coming in 18th (1:57.42).

Marko Miocic (Great Neck, NY) came up big in the 50 Free soon after and in a tough field to finish 9th with a time of 21.26 earning big points for the Purple & Gold, while Aidan Tol (Tustin, Calif.) and Sam Sutherland (Wahiawa, HI) went 13-14 with times of 21.45 and 21.47.

To cap off the day, the team of Julian Droetti (Irvine, Calif.), Tran, Dmitri Washington (Peoria, AZ), and Gabriel Forbes (Upland, Calif.) came in 15th in the 200 Free Relay with a mark of 1:28.63.

The "A" team of Miocic, Laws, Tol, and Sutherland would have represented inside of the Top 5 with their time and would have earned some more points for Whittier but were DQ'd.