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CLAREMONT, Calif. – The Whittier College Men's Swimming & Diving team opened up their 2017-18 season over the weekend as they took part in a tri-meet with Claremont-M-S and La Verne.
Under first year Head Coach Tim Hamlet, the Purple & Gold came out strong and competed beating La Verne 158-90 before falling to Claremont-M-S 215-72.
"I was really pleased with the first meet of the season," Hamlet explained. "The kids are working hard in the pool, and it showed when we got on the blocks."
Zu Pigot led the Purple & Gold on the day opening up his freshman campaign with a huge first place finish in the 100 Fly posting a 49.09. This time was also an NCAA "B" cut, a new program record and was good enough to break the CMS pool record. He followed that performance up with a 53.16 mark in the 100 Back, which edged La Verne, while moving him into 2nd on the Whittier College All-Time List.
Colin-James Fellezs joined him on the podium taking 1st against ULV in the 200 Fly (2:03.91) and 200 IM (2:02.22), while grabbing 2nd in the 200 Free with a time of 1:59.09.
Devin Guade also had a Whittier All-Time performance on the day moving into the No. 10 slot in the Whittier College record books placing 2nd against ULV and 4th against CMS in the 1000 Free posting a time of 10:42.10.
On the relays, the 200 Medley Relay team of Michael Laws, Adonnis Rivera, Pigot, and Gianluca Bencomo put together a time of 1:39.51, which was good enough to beat La Verne, while Fellezs, Robert Karrett, Anders Blomso and Trevor Tuma went 3:37.94 in the 400 Free Relay to cap off the day.
Laws also added three great heats in the 100 Back, 50 Free and 200 Back placing 2nd across the board against ULV posting times of 56.35, 22.78, and 2:06.49, each respectively. Brandon Tran received big points for the Purple & Gold in his three events on the day taking 1st in the 100 Breast (59.57) and 200 Breast (2:14.73), while picking up 3rd in the 200 IM (2:06.96).
Kaaret rounded out the scoring taking 3rd in the 100 Breast (1:05.07), 100 Free (53.82), and 200 Breast (2:24.73).
Freshman Bencomo also had a strong day in his first collegiate meet taking 1st in the 50 Free with a time of 21.96 and followed that with a top place performance in the 100 Free finishing at a 50.10. Rivera, another first year was also able to get within the Top 3 against La Verne taking 2nd in the 100 Breast (1:04.73) and 200 Breast (2:22.58), while taking 2rd in the 200 Free (1:59.09).
Whittier has a short turn around as they return to the pool this Saturday, November 18 as they compete in another tri-meet this time with Chapman University and Pomona-Pitzer beginning at 11:00am on the campus of Pomona-Pitzer.