Poets split with Sagehens and Panthers in tri-meet

Poets split with Sagehens and Panthers in tri-meet

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Article by: Erika Ngo (Sports Information Office)

CLAREMONT, Calif. - The Whittier College Women's Swimming & Diving team split their second tri-meet of the season, beating the Panthers of Chapman University 147-144 before falling to the Sagehens of Pomona-Pitzer 186-110.

The Purple & Gold once again had record-breaking swims and came out strong in new events including the 1650 Free and the 400 IM.

Becca Ayers (La Habra, Calif.) got the scoring started for the Poets winning the 3-meter board beating both PP and CU, before taking second overall in the 1-meter.

In the first swimming events of the day, the 200 Medley "A" Relay of Lexi Mauldin (Modesto, Calif.), Alexa Melara (Rialto, Calif.), Esther Choe (Mercer Island, WA), and Brooke Geske (San Pedra, Calif.) would take 2nd with a time of 1:52.36, out touching the Pomona Pitzer "B" team and Chapman "A" team.

In the distance events, Junior Morgan Molinaro (Chino Hills, Calif.) would go on to take 5th overall in the 1650 and 500 Free with times of 19:25.69 and 5:41.80, respectively. Sophomore Allie Novak (Rancho Cucamonga, Calif.) followed close behind her teammates in the 500 Free getting 4th against both the Sagehens and Panthers with a 5:43.30. Senior Maddie McMurray (Phnom Penh, Cambodia) would finish 7th overall in the mile with a time of 19:46.06, but go on to score points later in the 400 IM, coming in 2nd to teammate Melara against Chapman and 5th overall going a 5:03.46.

Geske would follow her strong performance from last week coming in 1st place for the 200 Free and finishing 2nd in the 100 Free, going a 1:57.50 and 54.16 respectively.  Her time in the 200 Free would move her into the No. 3 slot in the Whittier College All-Time Record books. 

Fellow Freshmen Mauldin and Melara would also have record-breaking swims this meet, scoring points for the Purple & Gold. Mauldin took top three spots in both Backstroke events, coming in 3rd for the 100 (1:01.59) and 2nd in the 200 Back (2:13.10). This places Mauldin 7th and 4th overall in the Whittier College Record books.

Melara also scored big points this weekend, finishing 1st in both the 100 and 200 Breast going a 1:08.93 which would place her 6th in All-Time for the Poets and a 2:28.17, respectively. She would return later to finish in a close 2nd in the 400 IM with a 4:45.56, once again placing herself 2nd overall in the Purple & Gold records.     

In the Breaststroke events, Seniors Kayanna Heffner (Bend, OR) and Erika Ngo (Alhambra, Calif.) would score points, finishing close behind teammate Melara. In the 200 Breast, Heffner would finish 2nd overall at a 2:33.94, with Ngo coming in 4th against both Chapman and Pomona Pitzer going a 2:37.20. Heffner would cap off her day with a 4th place finish against the Sagehens and Panthers in the 100 Back (1:05.72). In the 100 Breast, Ngo would get out touched for 3rd with a time of 1:11.37.

Choe, who had strong showings in both relays would come in 3rd for the 100 Fly with a time of 1:01.04. In the 200 Fly event, Sophomore Victoria Unger (Granite Bay, Calif.) would finish 2nd against Chapman, coming in at a 2:40.15. 

The sprint Free events would round out the rest of the meet with fast swims from the previously mentioned Geske, as well as Junior Brenda Shanahan (San Ramon, Calif.) who would take 4th place in both the 50 Free (25.58) and 100 Free (55.90). Geske, Shanahan, and Choe would be joined by Junior Brianna Nowicki (Londonderry, NH) to take 2nd overall in the 200 Free Relay with a time of 1:42.78. 

The Poets return to the pool from December 1-3 as they take part in the Logger Invite in Tacoma, WA.