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WHITTIER, Calif. – Senior Kayla Heiss (Honolulu, HI) led the Senior Day contingent Saturday morning as the Whittier College Women's Swimming & Diving team provided a threat for the University of Redlands falling 137-103 at the Lillian Slade Aquatic Center.
Prior to the meet Head Coach Tasman Backer recognized her five seniors who are leaving the program, which included Heiss, Sydney Kanne (Duarte, Calif.), Amanda Keller (Santa Clara, Calif.), Abigail Pittman (Carson City, NV), and Ashley Sagouspe (Fresno, Calif.).
Becca Ayers led the Purple & Gold on the boards taking 3rd on the 1-Meter with a score of 241.43 while taking top honors in the 3-Meter with a score of 268.90. Keller in her final home match put together a strong effort taking 3rd in the 3-Meter with a score of 224.70.
Heiss, in her final home meet wowed the crowd with another sensational grouping of events taking home 1st Place recognition in the 50 Free (24.83), 100 Free (54.41), while being a member of the top 200 Free Relay team who came in with a time of 1:42.54.
In the first swimming event of the day, the team of Shanahan, Julia Hagenbaumer (Naperville, Ill.), Esther Choe (Mercer Island, WA), and Sagouspe would come in 2nd in the 400 Medley Relay (4:12.18), while Maya Williams-Young (Eugene, OR), Leimana Hassett (Lahaina, HI), Victoria Unger (Granite Bay, Calif.), and Kayanna Heffner (Bend, OR) would take 4th with a 4:39.01.
In the distance, Kanne took to the pool and finished 2nd with a time of 11:32.85 and led a trio of swimmers including Morgan Molinaro (Chino Hills, Calif.) (3rd – 11:40.37), and Madeleine McMurray (Phnom Penh, Cambodia) (4th – 11:55.79).
Sagouspe and Novak would go 3-4 in the 200 Free with times of 2:05.05 and 2:06.57.
Choe would come back in the 200 IM with a 2nd place finish (2:16.86) with Hagenbaumer placing 3rd (2:19.86). She would then do it again in the 200 Fly finishing 2nd (2:21.75), while Unger would take 4th (2:30.03).
In the 200 Back, Shanahan would take 2nd (2:17.90), while Williams-Young, Erika Ngo (Alhambra, Calif.), and Pittman would go 4-5-6. In the final individual event of the day, Hagenbaumer would lead the Poets in the 200 Breast with a time of 2:36.95, while Heffner would get 4th with a mark of 2:38.74.
Whittier rounds out their regular season schedule this Saturday, February 4 as they travel to take on Occidental College beginning at 11:00am.