TACOMA, Calif. – The Whittier College Men's Swimming & Diving Team despite only tallying 89 points over three days resulting in a 7th place finish during the Logger Invite saw junior transfer Zu Pigot (Miami, FL) put together record breaking performances over his six events.
The Purple & Gold picked up 18 points on day one all coming from the 800 Free Relay. The team of Pigot, Trevor Tuma (Vashon Island, WA), Anders Blomso (Shoreline, WA), and William Arnsparger (Long Beach, Calif.) took 9th overall with a time of 7:31.91. Whittier would have earned more following an impressive mark in the 200 Medley Relay, but the team of Arnsparger, Adonnis Rivera (Lynwood, Calif.), Devin Guade (Lakewood, Calif.), and Pigot would get DQ'd.
Whittier made a huge jump on day two action picking up 71 points thanks in large part to Pigot who accounted for 50 of them himself. He tore through the 100 Free winning the event with a 45.20, which broke the Whittier College school record, previously held by Aidan Tol last season (46.31).
He then followed that up with another record breaking performance in the 100 Fly winning his second event on the day where he went 47.71, which shattered the Whittier College record (Dmitri Washington – 51.07 (2016)), as well as breaking the Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SCIAC) record.
Other scorers on the day included Arnsparger in the 200 Back who posted a 10th Place finish with a time of 2:01.78 and then going 14th in the 500 Free (5:07.08), Rivera in the 200 IM finishing 14th (2:03.36), the 200 Free Relay Team of Rivera, Tuma, Blomso, and Guade posting a 1:36.13 placing them 13th, and the 400 Medley Relay Team of Pigot, Rivera, Blomso, and Tuma who went 3:51.14, which was good enough for 12th.
On the last day, Whittier was only able to take part in the preliminary heats due to their flight being scheduled late in the evening forcing them to miss the finals. But if they had competed in the final heats, they would have posted some big points.
Pigot swam the 50 Free as well and if he swam the finals, with his time posted time of 20.91 in the prelims, he would have won the event. But at the end of the day he now sits at No. 2 in the Whittier College record books.
Then in the 100 Back, Pigot returned again this time with a 53.69 and was joined by Arnsparger (58.06), and Tuma (1:02.18).
Four Poets took part in the 200 Free with Arnsparger leading the way with a 1:53.44 and Guade followed with a strong performance to cap off the day in the 200 Fly.
Whittier returns home to the Lillian Slade Aquatic Center this Saturday, December 9 as they host Biola University in a dual match beginning at 11:00am.