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COMMERCE, Calif. – The Whittier College Men's Swimming & Diving team made a move up at the conclusion of Day 3 into 7th totaling 236 points over the three days.
Dominic Baldwin (Lafayette, Calif.) again got the Poets going with a 12th place finish in the 400 IM with a time of 4:11.22. He was joined by Colin-James Fellezs (Mililani, HI) who came in 17th (4:17.56).
The big event came in the 100 Fly where Dmitri Washington (Peoria, AZ), who was still hampered with a healing broken arm posted a record breaking mark of :50.02 placing him 5th overall for the Championships, while breaking the old Whittier College record, which he held last year (:51.07).
Marko Miocic (Great Neck, NY) was next up for the Poets as he missed out in a spot in the finals for the 100 Fly. He missed the mark by a second as he took 10th with a time of 51.16.
In the 200 Free, Sam Sutherland (Wahiawa, HI) got in the mix and was able to make the finals finishing 6th with a time of 1:42.34, while freshman Brandon Tran (Plainfield, Ill.) made a huge appearance in the 100 Breast placing 3rd with a :56.67.
Robert Kaarett (Highland Park, Ill.) also joined in the scoring finishing 15th with a :59.79, while in the 100 Back, Michael Laws (Anacortes, WA) took 18th (:54.91). In the final event, the 400 Medley Relay the Poets put on one of their top performances of the Championships. Laws, Tran, Washington, and Sutherland finished 5th with a 3:26.17, while at the same time breaking the Whittier College Record set last year in 2016 (3:27.45) by Kevin Marquez, Tony Martir, Jasen Missailidis, and Washington.