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COMMERCE, Calif. – The Whittier College Men's Swimming & Diving team took part in the four-day Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SCIAC) Championships and came away with an 8th place finish totaling 175 points, which was good enough to top the University of La Verne (143).
The Poets picked up a quick 28 points in the first event of the Championships with the 200 Medley Relay team of Michael Laws (Anacortes, WA), Quinn LaCoursiere (Delray Beach, FL), Colin-James Fellezs (Mililani, HI), and Aidan Tol (Tustin, Calif.) finishing 7th with a time of 1:36.93.
The "B" team of William Arnsparger (Long Beach, Calif.), Adonnis Rivera (Lynwood, Calif.), Devin Guade (Lakewood, Calif.), and Gianluca Bencomo (San Jose, Calif.) took 17th with a 1:41.37, which added another four points.
Then in the 800 Free Relay, Arnsparger, Anders Blomso (Shoreline, WA), Gaude, and Fellezs picked up 26 points taking 8th overall with a 7:17.86.
The only event the Poets made it to the finals in on the second day of action was the 200 Free Relay. The team of LaCoursiere, Tol, Laws, and Bencomo finished 6th with a time of 1:25.09, which picked up 30 points. The "B" squad of Rivera, Robert Karrett (Highland Park, Calif.), Trevor Tuma (Vashon Island, WA), and Tyler Chung (La Canada, Calif.) went 1:33.49 for 17th.
Fellezs got the Poets going on the third day of the Championships finishing 14th in the 400 IM with a time of 4:15.44, which added another five points to the Poets total. LaCoursiere then took part in the 100 Breast and picked up an 8th place finish with a mark of 57.62 and then joined the 400 Medley Relay team with Laws, Fellezs, and Tol to cap off the day finishing 8th (3:31.56) registering 26 points.
Whittier made a push on the final day of competition. Gaude, Blomso and Arnsparger went 21-22-23 in the 1650 Free with times of 17:21.61, 17:23.65, and 17:26.70, respectively. Fellezs stepped up in the 200 Fly and went 14th with a time of 1:57.67 for five points and the 400 Free Relay team of LaCoursiere, Laws, Bencomo, and Tol would go 8th with a time of 3:09.94 that again picked up big points.