Photo by: Tony Leon/ActionWestPhotography.com
MALIBU, Calif. – The Whittier College Men's & Women's Swimming and Diving Teams hit the water for the first time this season against Div. I, Div. II, and Div. III competition at the Malibu Invite on the campus of Pepperdine University.
The early season Invite showed that the Purple & Gold had little rust from last season as Megan Thai (Alhambra, CA) and Becca Ayers (La Habra, Calif.) won the 1M and 3M boards with scores of 206.45 and 193.45, respectively.
Brenda Shanahan (San Ramon, Calif.) got her hand to the wall in 1:04.19 to finish 2nd in the 100 IM. Not to be outdone, the men responded with a 2ndplace showing from Brandon Tran (Chicago, Ill.) who stopped the clock in 56.03, and Michael Laws (Anacortes, WA) who got to the wall in 56.85, good enough for 4thplace.
Brooke Geske (San Pedro, CA) picked up where she left off last year, winning the 100 BK in 59.38, followed very closely by Lexi Mauldin (Modesto, Calif.) in a 2ndplace time of 1:00.83.
Shanahan returned in the 50 Free sprinting to the wall in 25.71 for a second place finish, and Geske earned a follow up first place finish in the 500 FR, stopping the clock in 5:21.37.
The women's 400 Freestyle Relay of Shanahan, Mauldin, Esther Choe (Mercer Island, WA), and Geske capped off the afternoon with a 2nd place finish in 3:48.96.
The Poets return to the pool this Saturday when they host Biola in the inaugural Triple Distance Challenge.
Other finishes included:
Women 200 MR
B Relay (Geske, Shanahan, Victoria Unger (Granite Bay, Calif.), Morgan Molinaro (Chino Hills, Calif.)) 2:01.24 – 4th among DIII
Men 200 MR
Women 100 IM
Shanahan 1:04.19 2nd among DIII
Men 100 IM
Tran 56.03 2nd among DIII
Laws 56.85 4th among DIII
Adonnis Rivera (Lynwood, Calif.) 1:00.04
Women 200 FR
Allie Novak (Rancho Cucamonga, Calif.) 2:09.56
Men 200 FR
William Arnsparger (Long Beach, Calif.) 1:55.64
Women 100 FLY
Men 100 FLY
Scott Williams (Coronado, Calif.) 54.86
Devin Gaude (Lakewood, Calif.) 58.01
Men 200 BR
Tran 2:17.48 4th among DIII
Women 100 BK
Geske 59.38 1st among DIII
Mauldin 1:00.83 2nd among DIII
Women 50 FR
Shanahan 25.71 2nd among DIII
Women 500 FR
Geske 5:21.37 1st among DIII
Men 500 FR
Women 400 FR Relay
Shanahan, Choe, Mauldin, Geske 3:48.96 2nd among DIII
Men 400 FR Relay
Guade, Bencomo, Williams, Laws