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WHITTIER, Calif. - The Whittier College Women's Swimming & Diving team returned to the pool here in 2018 in impressive fashion with strong swims against the Beavers of Caltech, winning 150-83.
Becca Ayers (La Habra, Calif.) got the scoring started for the Poets winning the 3-meter and 1-meter boards with scores of 219.25 and 236.00 respectively.
In the first swimming events of the day, the 200 Medley "A" Relay of Lexi Mauldin (Modesto, Calif.), Alexa Melara (Rialto, Calif.), Esther Choe (Mercer Island, WA), and Brooke Geske (San Pedro, Calif.) would come out and take the top spot with a time of 1:53.39.
Sophomore Allie Novak (Rancho Cucamonga, Calif.) and Junior Morgan Molinaro (Chino Hills, Calif.) would soon score more points for the Purple & Gold with a 1-2 finish in the 1000 Free. The distance pair would later go on to take 2nd and 3rd with times of 5:40.54 (Molinaro) and 5:43.77 (Novak), followed by Junior Maya Williams-Young (Eugene, OR) in 4th.
In the remaining individual Freestyle events, Geske, Senior Kayanna Heffner (Bend, OR) and Junior Brianna Nowicki (Londonderry, NH) would have a 2-3-4 finish in the 200 Free. This would be followed by Choe touching 1st in the 50 at 25.74, followed by Mauldin and Senior Leimana Hassett (Lahaina, HI) for 4th and 5th. To round off the quick Freestyle swims, Junior Brenda Shanahan (San Ramon, Calif.), Melara, and Nowicki would finish 1-2-3 in the 100, going 55.38, 1:01.12, and 1:01.32 respectively, to earn big points for the Poets.
Melara (2:17.49) and Shanahan (2:17.60) would cap off their individual races by later going 1-2 in the 200 IM.
In the stroke events, Senior Erika Ngo (Alhambra, Calif.) would score points with a 2nd place finish in the 100 Breast, going 1:11.27 followed by Heffner in 3rd (1:14.08) and Hassett for 4th (1:20.68). Mauldin would go on to add to the Poets' lead, touching 1st in the 100 Back with a time of 1:03.76, Williams-Young and Sophomore Victoria Unger (Granite Bay, Calif.) finishing behind her in 3rd and 4th. Joined by Choe, Unger would finish 4th in the 100 Fly with Choe coming in 2nd at a 1:01.98 to cap off the remaining individual events.
In the last event of the day, the 400 Free Relay team of Choe, Melara, Mauldin, and Hassett would come in 1st with a time of 3:56.84, followed by the second unit of Unger, Williams-Young, Molinaro, and Novak for 2nd.
The Poets return to the pool this Saturday, January 20 at 11:00am when they take on the Regals of Cal Lutheran University.