Women's Swimming & Diving

Whittier takes out Leopards in tri-meet

Whittier takes out Leopards in tri-meet

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CLAREMONT, Calif. – The Whittier College Women's Swimming & Diving team opened up their 2017-18 season over the weekend as they took part in a tri-meet with Claremont-M-S and La Verne.

Under first year Head Coach Tim Hamlet, the Purple & Gold came out strong and competed beating La Verne 188-101 before falling to Claremont-M-S 203-96.

"I was really pleased with the first meet of the season," Hamlet explained.  "The kids are working hard in the pool, and it showed when we got on the blocks."

Becca Ayers got the scoring started for the Purple & Gold winning the 3-meter board beating both ULV and CMS, before taking out ULV on the 1-meter.

Brenda Shanahan came up big in the 50 and 200 Free events placing 1st against ULV with times of 2:03.41 and 26.65, respectively.  Freshman Brooke Geske put on a show in her first meet of her career taking the top spot in the 100 and 200 Back with times of 59.12 and 2:11.22, which moved her into the No. 2 slot in the Whittier College All-Time Record books in both events. 

Other record breaking performances came from freshman Alexa Melara who took out ULV and CMS in the 200 IM with a 2:15.89, moving her to 5th All-Time.  She then followed that up with another record breaking heat in the 200 Breast where she beat La Verne and took 2nd against the Athenas with a time of 2:28.37, which put her 4th All-Time.

Teammate Lexi Mauldin, whose specialty is in the Backstroke had herself a day as well going 3rd in the 100 Back (1:02.02) and 2nd in the 200 Back (2:14.53) and she now sits 7th and 4th on the All-Time lists, respectively.

The last record breaking performance came from senior Erika Ngo who posted a 1:10.79 in the 100 Breast, which beat La Verne and placed her 2nd against CMS.  She now sits in 8th on the All-Time List.  She then capped off her day finishing 2nd in the 200 Breast with a time of 2:38.90. 

Capping off the day were the points from the relays.  The 200 Medley Relay got the day started with the "A" Team of Mauldin, Melara, Esther Choe, and Geske going 1:51.94 to beat ULV.  Then the 400 Free Relay consisting of Geske, Brianna Nowicki, Choe, and Shanahan would finish 1st against ULV and 2nd against CMS posting a time of 3:42.86.

Choe, who took part in both relays also had a couple strong individual races, which included going 1st in the 200 Fly (2:24.87) and 2nd in the 100 Fly (1:01.41).  Nowicki posted a pair of 3rd place finishes in the 50 and 100 Free (26.88/1:00.05) events against ULV and Kayanna Heffner had her breakout performance of her career going top three in the 100 Breast (1:12.80), 100 Free (57.12), and 200 IM (2:23.53)

Morgan Molinaro got her junior campaign off on the right foot winning the 1000 Free against ULV with a time of 11:34.51 before going 2nd in the 500 Free (5:38.48). Madeleine McMurray, another distance swimmer took 3rd in the 1000 Free (11:47.33) following Molinaro and posted a 2nd Place finish in the 200 Fly (2:34.03).     

Other scorers on the day for the Purple & Gold included Victoria Unger who 3rd in the 200 Fly (2:40.20) and Leimana Hassett who finished 3rd in the 200 Breast (2:45.50).                 

Whittier has a short turn around as they return to the pool this Saturday, November 18 as they compete in another tri-meet this time with Chapman University and Pomona-Pitzer beginning at 11:00am on the campus of Pomona-Pitzer.