Men's Swimming & Diving

Whittier hosts Chapman in tough conditions

Whittier hosts Chapman in tough conditions

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WHITTIER, Calif. – The Whittier College Men's Swimming & Diving team faced tough conditions Saturday morning as they took on Chapman University in a dual match-up.

With the wind and rain punishing the Slade Aquatic Center, the Purple & Gold also saw the Panthers roll to the 166-65 victory.

The Poets looked to pick up big points in the first event on the day as the team of Spencer LaCoursiere (Delray Beach, FL), Quinn LaCoursiere (Delray Beach, FL), Scott Williams (Coronado, Calif.), and Will Arnsparger (Long Beach, Calif.) would get out to a quick lead in the 200 Medley Relay.  They were going to cruise to the victory but on one of the exchanges, one of the Poets left early DQing the team giving points to Chapman.

Arnsparger returned in the 1000 Free finishing 2nd with a time of 11:35.41, giving WC four points.  He also competed in the 500 Free and picked up another three points by taking 3rd with a time of 5:15.71.  Q. LaCoursiere got into the mix in the 200 Free, his top event and won it all with a time of 1:51.58 and then returned a few events later to win the 200 Breast with a mark of 2:28.89.  Over the two events he totaled 18 points.

Freshman Ruben Gallegos (Albuquerque, NM) joined Q. LaCoursiere in the 200 Free taking 6th (2:11.35) and then placed 5th in the 500 Free (6:03.85).  Yehya Nasser (Duarte, Calif.) got his first look at action in the 100 Breast placing 2nd with a time of 1:21.69 and followed that up with a 3rd place finish in the 200 Breast (3:00.20). 

Newcomers Tyler Chung (La Canada, Calif.) and Cornelis Kriek (Pretoria, South Africa) helped the Purple & Gold on the morning.  Kriek placed 7th in the 50 Free (23.80) and then 3rd in 100 Free (52.98), while Chung went 4th in the 100 Free (55.19) and 200 IM (2:28.59).  Williams opened his first individual event in the 200 Fly finishing 2nd with a time of 2:03.85.  He also took 3rd in the 100 Fly (56.83). 

S. LaCoursiere rounded out the scoring getting unlucky in the 100 Back, being DQ'd for dropping under the water at the finish.  But he bounced back in the 200 Back taking 2nd with a time of 2:11.09.  The final event on the day was the 400 Free Relay.  The team of Q,. LaCoursiere, Williams, S. LaCoursiere, and Arsnparger picked up major points by winning the event with a time of 3:23.81.             

Whittier competes for the last time in the regular season next Saturday, February 9 when they host the University of Redlands and Cal Lutheran on Senior Day.