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WHITTIER, Calif. – The Whittier College Women's Swimming & Diving team took part in their final regular season action this past Saturday hosting the University of Redlands (L, 176-108) and Cal Lutheran University (L, 148-117).
Prior to the meet, Whittier recognized their four seniors, which included Maya Williams-Young (Eugene, OR), Brenda Shanahan (San Ramon, Calif.), Morgan Molinaro (Chino Hills, Calif.), and Becca Ayers (La Habra, Calif.). The Purple & Gold sent them off in impressive fashion putting together their best meet yet winning seven events, which was the most all season.
Freshman Megan Thai (Alhambra, Calif.) picked up 18 points for the Poets winning the 1-meter (237.25) and 3-meter (246.15) boards. She was joined by Ayers who took 2nd in the 1-meter (227.20) and 3rd in the 3-meter (207.30). In the first swimming event of the day, the 200 Medley Relay team of Lexi Mauldin (Modesto, Calif.), Shanahan, Esther Choe (Mercer Island, WA), and Brooke Geske (San Pedro, Calif.) took 2nd with a time of 1:55.27.
Geske shined once again for the Poets winning both of her individual events the 100 Back (59.87) and 100 Free (55.16). Mauldin put together her best meet this season finishing 3rd in the 100 Back (1:03.05) and then winning the 200 Back with a time of 2:17.14. Then Shanahan finished her career at home in a big way placing 2nd in the 50 Free (25.67) and 4th in the 100 Free (55.93).
Whittier kept it going in the distance with Allie Novak (Rancho Cucamonga, Calif.) taking top honors in the 1650 Free with a time of 19:05.15, which beat the second place finisher by almost ten seconds. Molinaro joined her in the event placing 3rd with a time of 19:31.08. They both competed in the 500 Free later in the day but swapped places with Molinaro going 5th (5:41.02) and edging Novak who was 6th (5:41.39). Choe took part in the 200 Breast and placed 4th with a time of 2:40.49 and then returned in her best event, the 100 Fly placing 2nd with a 1:02.63. Williams-Young was the final Poet to score placing 10th in the 100 Back (1:14.11) and 9th in the 200 Back (2:47.95).
Then to wrap up the career day, the team of Shanahan, Molinaro, Choe, and Geske would win the 400 Free Relay with a time of 3:47.11.
Whittier begins gearing up for the Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SCIAC) Championships set for February 21-24 in Commerce, Calif. at the Brenda Villa Aquatic Center.