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PASADENA, Calif. – The Whittier College Women's Swimming & Diving team won nine events Saturday to dismiss the Beavers of the California Institute of Technology 155-64.
With the win the Poets move to .500 at 3-3 in conference action.
After a win in the 200 Medley Relay, Morgan Molinaro (Chino Hills, Calif.) got the individual events rolling winning the 1000 Free with a time of 11:33.31 leading Allison Novak (Rancho Cucamonga, Calif.) (11:41.77) and Madeleine McMurray (Phnom Penh, Cambodia) (12:14.92).
Sydney Kanne (Duarte, Calif.), Ashley Sagouspe (Fresno, Calif.), and Victoria Unger (Granite Bay, Calif.) would then go 4-5-6 in the 200 Free combining for six points right before a 1st place finish by Kayla Heiss (Honolulu, HI) who won the 50 Free with a mark of 25.78. Brenda Shanahan (San Ramon, Calif.) would take 3rd in the event with a 26.34, which proved to be a warm-up as she would finish atop the 100 Back results with a time of 1:06.05, with Kanne not far behind with a 1:10.11.
Whittier would go 1-2-3 in the 200 IM with Esther Choe (Mercer Island, WA) (2:19.85) taking home the top spot followed by Julia Hagenbaumer (Naperville, Ill.) (2:24.72) and Kayanna Heffner (Bend, OR) (2:27.63).
Heiss and Choe came back in the 100 Fly finishing 2nd and 3rd with times of 1:01.49 and 1:01.72. Brianna Nowicki (Londonderry, NH) would get into scoring category soon after in the 100 Free posting a 58.01, which was good enough for 2nd and was followed by Sagouspe (59.00) and Caitlyn Gonzales (Los Angeles, Calif.) (1:06.52).
Molinaro would lead a trio of Poets in the 500 Free by finishing with a 5:37.64 with Novak and McMurray going 2-3.
Hagenbaumer would win the 100 Breast with a 1:11.65, while Heffner and Erika Ngo (Alhambra, Calif.) would go 2-3. In the final event, the team of Sagouspe, Kanne, Nowicki, and Heiss would take 2nd in the 400 Free Relay with a time of 3:51.38.
Becca Ayers again did it on the boards winning both events. She totaled a 253.15 on the 3-Meter and a 260.80 on the 1-Meter and continues to prove to be one of the top divers in the conference.
Whittier returns home to the Lillian Slade Aquatic Center this Saturday, January 28 as they host the University of Redlands beginning at 11:00am with diving set to begin at 10:30am.