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COMMERCE, Calif. – The Whittier College Women's Swimming & Diving team wrapped up the Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SCIAC) Championships Sunday totaling 237 points over the four days.
The Purple & Gold sat in 9th Place after two days of competition but made a big push over the final two days to edge the University of La Verne for 8th.
Day 1 (57 Points)
It was a strong start for Whittier picking up 26 points in the 200 Medley Relay. The team of Lexi Mauldin (Modesto, Calif.), Brenda Shanahan (San Ramon, Calif.), Esther Choe (Mercer Island, WA), and Brooke Geske (San Pedro, Calif.) took 8th with a time of 1:51.40. The other points came a week prior from Megan Thai (Alhambra, Calif.) and Becca Ayers (La Habra, Calif.) who combined for 31 points on the 3-meter board. Thai took 4th with a 409.10 and Ayers was 7th (386.05).
Day 2 (98 Points)
Following competition on day two, the Poets still found themselves in 9th place after totaling 41 points. Choe grabbed a point in the 200 IM taking 18th with a 2:15.71. Then in the 50 Free, Geske came alive finishing 10th (24.24), while grabbing another 10 points for Whittier. The final 30 points on the day came from Shanahan, Choe, Mauldin, and Geske in the 200 Free Relay who took 6th with a time of 1:39.68.
Day 3 (190 Points)
The third day is where the Poets made their move. Jumping the University of La Verne for 8th, the Poets totaled 92 points. The largest point total was from Thai on the 3-meter winning the event with a 447.50. Ayers wasn't far off taking 5th (389.80) that picked up another 16 points. Choe picked up the first points in the swimming events taking 15th in the 100 Fly with a time of 58.94. Shanahan grabbed one in the 100 Breast taking 18th (1:12.47) and Geske and Mauldin followed in the 100 Back going 4th and 13th with times of 57.38 and 59.59, respectively. They combined for 23 points in the one event.
The final 26 points came in the 400 Medley Relay as Mauldin, Choe, Shanahan, and Geske took 8th with a time of 4:06.55.
Day 4 (237 Points)
Whittier was able to hold their lead in the final day of action as they registered 47 points. The distance got things started in the 1650 Free. Allie Novak (Rancho Cucamonga, Calif.) and Morgan Molinaro (Chino Hills, Calif.) totaled eight points taking 14th (18:51.93) and 16th (18:54.35). Then in the 200 Back Mauldin and Geske returned to go 12th (2:09.01) and 14th (2:09.28) grabbing another 12 points for Whittier. Victoria Unger (Granite Bay, Calif.) grabbed a point in the 200 Fly taking 18th (2:34.23).
Then to wrap up the day, the team of Shanahan, Molinaro, Mauldin, and Geske would go 8th in the 400 Free Relay with a time of 3:34.34.