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WHITTIER, Calif. – The Whittier College Women's Swimming & Diving team took part in their first tri-match of 2018-19 this past Saturday as they took on Pomona-Pitzer and Occidental at the Slade Aquatic Center. Following tough windy and smoky conditions, the Poets went 0-2 falling 172-73 to the Sagehens and 140-93 to Occidental.
There were a number of bright spots on the afternoon though with the Purple & Gold taking home top honors in four events. Whittier won both 1-meter and 3-meter boards. Freshman Megan Thai (Alhambra, Calif.) won the 1-meter with a score of 251 before winning the 3-meter with a 248.85. Joining her on the medal stand was senior Becca Ayers (La Habra, Calif.) who took 2nd in the 1-meter (223.15) and 3rd in the 3-meter (222.10).
Other points from diving came from freshman Tai-Tai Scherer (Jacksonville, FL) who took 5th in the 1-meter with a 202.95.
Sophomore Brooke Geske (San Pedro, Calif.) put together a strong day winning the 100 Back (59.69) and 500 Free (5:21.54) before placing 4th in the 50 Free (25.40). Fellow teammate Lexi Mauldin (Modesto, Calif.) joined her on the podium placing 3rd in the 100 Backstroke with a 1:02.06.
In the distance, Morgan Molinaro (Chino Hills, Calif.) and Allie Novak (Rancho Cucamonga, Calif.) went 4-5 in the 1000 Free with times of 11:36.53 and 11:41.59. They then went 8-9 in the 500 Free with times of 5:41.08 and 5:42.66, respectively.
Victoria Unger (Granite Bay, Calif.) who returned from injury put together a personal best of a 2:39.97 in the 200 Fly. She placed 6th. Brenda Shanahan (San Ramon, Calif.) swam in the 50 Free finishing 8th with a 25.65, then jumped over to the 200 IM placing 4th (2:22.03) and then joined the team of Novak, Mauldin, and Molinaro in the 200 Free Relay finishing 4th with a time of 1:50.44.
Esther Choe (Mercer Island, WA) had three big races finishing 8th in the 100 Fly (1:08.26), then 7th in the 100 Free (59.14), but came up big in the 200 IM with a 6th place finish with a time of 2:38.23.
Other scorers included Felicia Delgadillo (La Verne, Calif.) who took 9th in the 100 Free (1:08.41) and 13th in the 50 Free (29.72) and Maya Williams-Young (Eugene, OR) in the 100 Backstroke (12th - 1:15.91).
Whittier travels this Saturday, November 17 to take on the University of La Verne beginning at 10:30am.