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WHITTIER, Calif. – It's been nearly two years since the Poets have had a home swim meet and yesterday morning the newly renovated Lillian Slade Aquatic Center proved to be a sight to see as the Whittier College women's swimming and diving team set ten pool records in their 162-51 victory over the Leopards.
Whittier has now improved to 3-2 in SCIAC meets and looks to build momentum off of yesterdays meet as they welcome in the Bulldogs of the University of Redlands on Saturday, January 28 beginning at 11am.
Senior Christine Zmuda started the Poets off in the right direction as she grabbed first place honors in the 1M dive with a score of 119.00. In the 200 breast Whittier took home 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place honors which included Haley Von Schottenstein, Mattie Winkler, and Melanie Peel, while on four different occasions Whittier finished 1st & 2nd (400 Free Relay, 500 Free, 200 Fly, 400 Medley Relay)
The Poets had a very successful day yet again in front of a strong fan base despite the cold and rainy weather. The team of Erin Bartholomew, Von Schottenstein, Evelyn Beguiristain, and Kristin Hallsted got the Poets started in the swimming events with a 1st place finish in the 400 medley with a time of 4:14.24, while Bartholomew continued to etch her name into the Whittier College Hall of Fame as she posted a time of 18:20.50 in the 1650 free.
Kimberley Hallsted the sister of Kristen then followed that up with a 1st place finish in the 200 free with a time of 2:03.86 and then a 1st place finish in the 500 free, while Von Scottenstein continued her success in the 50 free posting a time of 25.05 and then the 200 breast with a time of 2:34.04 to cap off her day.
Freshman Beguiristain who holds the Whittier College record in the 200 fly again posted a strong time grabbing 1st place honors with a time of 2:18.30.
Carsen West two events later then exploded for a big finish in the 100 free posting a time of 56.93, while the team of Kimberley Hallsted, Brianne O'Doherty, Kristin Hallsted, and West capped off the swimming with a 1st place finish in the 400 free relay with a time of 3:54.74.