Poets strong effort falls short; Fall 138-82 in SCIAC opener
CLAREMONT, Calif. –The Whittier College women's swimming and diving team opened up SCIAC competition with a loss to the Sagehens of Pomona-Pitzer 138-82 Friday afternoon.
One problem the Poets ran into on the afternoon was depth as Pomona-Pitzer continued to have more teams and players compete in each event that helped them get more points that ultimately led to the victory.
But the Poets battled and showed that they can compete in every event as Bartholomew grabbed 1st place honors in the 1650 yard freestyle, while West finished in 1st place in the 50 yard free.
In the ninth event of the day, Von Schottenstein kept the Poets in striking distance as she took 1st place honors in the 200 yard IM, and then grabbed 2nd place recognition in the 200 yard breaststroke with a time of 2:33.89.
Freshman Beguiristain continued her first successful collegiate season as she took home 1st place in the 200 yard fly and led a group of Poets in the 200 yard breaststroke as she finished in 5th.
Kimberley Hallsted who has had a strong year thus far, was unable to pick up a 1st or 2nd place victory but competed very well and picked up 3rd place finishes in the 200 and 500 yard free, while her sister Kristin Hallsted followed that up with 5th place finishes in the 100 and 200 yard frees.
The Poets return to the pool today, December 3 as they take on the Beavers of the California Institute of Technology beginning at 11am.