Poets can’t top Regals in tight match-up

Poets can’t top Regals in tight match-up

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WHITTIER, Calif. –  The Whittier College Women's Swimming & Diving team came close to topping the Regals of Cal Lutheran University Saturday but fell short at the Lillian Slade Aquatic Center 132-106. 

Sophomore Becca Ayers led the Purple & Gold once again as she took 1st in the 1 and 3 Meter Dives totaling 18 points.  She posted a 251.85 in the 1-Meter and then followed that up with a 267.90 in the 3-Meter. 

The team of Brenda Shanahan (San Ramon, Calif.), Julia Hagenbaumer (Naperville, Ill.), Kayla Heiss (Honolulu, HI), and Ashley Sagouspe (Fresno, Calif.) kept the momentum rolling as they took 1st in the 400 Medley Relay (3:34.84), with Brianna Nowicki (Londonderry, NH), Erika Ngo (Alhambra, Calif.), Esther Choe (Mercer Island, WA), and Allison Novak (Rancho Cucamonga, Calif.) taking 2nd with a 4:23.31.    

In the distance, Morgan Molinaro (Chino Hills, Calif.) and Sydney Kanne (Duarte, Calif.) went 2-3 in the 1000 Free posting times of 11:31.79 and 11:34.54, each respectively, while Novak took 4th in the 200 Free (2:08.01) and 500 Free (5:40.49).

Heiss emerged in the 50 Free posting a time of 26.11, which was good enough for 2nd, while Choe added another two points finishing 4th (26.23).

Freshman Hagenbaumer took home a huge 2nd place finish and four points in the 400 IM with a time of 4:57.47, while Ashley Sagouspe (Fresno, Calif.) would score her first points on the day placing 4th (5:16.84).

Choe and Victoria Unger (Granite Bay, Calif.) finished 2nd (2:21.53) and 4th (2:29.41) in the 200 Fly that earned a combined six points.  Heiss then returned in the 100 Free finishing 2nd with a 54.42 mark, while Shanahan and Kanne took 2nd (2:19.89) and 4th (2:26.41) in the 200 Back.

Whittier tried to play catchup and earned big points in the 200 Breast as Hagenbaumer, Ngo, and Leimana Hassett (Lahaina, HI) went 1-2-3.  The team of Sagouspe, Molinaro, Nowicki, and Kanne grabbed 1st (3:52.52) in the 400 Free Relay that capped off the day and Caitlyn Gonzales , Unger, Maya Williams-Young (Eugene, OR), and Hassett would finish 3rd (4:25.23). 

Whittier returns to the pool this Saturday, January 21 as they travel to Caltech with diving beginning at 10:30am.