Day Two of SCIAC Championships
Day Two of SCIAC Championships
Courtsey Tracy Maple, Occidental College Sports Information
LONG BEACH, Calif. (Feb. 13, 2009) – At day two of the Southern California Int ercollegiate Athletic Conference Swimming and Diving Championships individual event champions were crowned, NCAA “A” and “B” cuts achieved and new meet and SCIAC records set.
After the completion of day two and 26 events, Claremont-Mudd-Scripps leads on both the men’s and women’s sides with scores of 657.5 and 700, respectively.
Claremont-Mudd-Scripps freshman Katie Bilotti stole the show tonight with a pair of SCIAC records in the 100 backstroke and 100 butterfly. The Athenas swept the 100 back event with Bilotti earning an NCAA “A” cut with a time of 57.39 while teammates Jenni Rinker (58.92) and Tessa Dover (59.31) earned “B” cuts. These were the only three swimmers to finish sub-one minute. Both Bilotti and Rinker finished in a new meet record time and Bilotti is now the new SCIAC record holder as well.
With a swarm of swimmers earning NCAA “B” cuts in the 100 fly, Bilotti again set a new SCIAC record with her swim of 56.49. Also swimming in a qualifying time for the event were Naomi Laporte (PP), Jill Minehan (CLU), Amanda Graves (CLU), Kat McIntosh (UR), Mallory Ryan (Oxy) and Tiffany Martin (ULV).
The 2008 Female Swimmer of the Year, Annie Perizzolo (CMS), earned an NCAA “A” cut in the 100 breaststroke as she broke her own meet record and also erased the SCIAC mark set in 2002.
Freshman Sagehens’ swimmer Kristen Lindbergh won the 200 freestyle in a time of 1:54.09, which was good for an NCAA “B” cut. Joining Lindberg with a national qualifying time was the Athenas’ Emma Jones ht: normal;">(1:55.46). t;
The women’s 400 individual medley went to Jordan Stewart, a senior from CMS. She took almost seven seconds off her prelim time to finish in 4:32.45, ahead of sophomore teammate Heidi Wolfgruber (4:35.74) as both swam under the NCAA “B” cut time.
Claremont-Mudd-Scripps opened and closed the meet with relay victories on the women’s side. In event one of the day, 13 of the meet, the 200 Medley Relay, the CMS team of Rinker, Perizzolo, Bilotti and Elica Sharifnia combined to earn a new SCIAC record 1:45.99, earning an NCAA “B” cut. The final race on Friday night was the 800 free relay, which the Athenas (Rinker, Jones, Danielle Peebles and Stewart) won with a time of 7:45.84, another “B” cut time.
On the one-meter diving boards Occidental senior Celes te Faber was victorious with 363.80 points to earn her second SCIAC title in as many days. Whittier’s Nicole Beauchamp was second with 314.30 points and Oxy’s Marisa Pulcrano was third with 298.75 points.
The CMS women led the meet at the completion of day one with 700 points. Second was UR with 400 and PP rounded out the Top-3 with 377. Holding onto fourth place was Occidental (324), followed by Cal Lutheran (256), La Verne (145), Caltech (136) and Whittier (119).
Opening up the meet with a relay victory was the University of Redlands team of Mike Reilly, Mike Grant, Tyler Harp and Miran Terzic that finished the 200 Medley Relay in a new meet record time of 1:34.34, which was also a “B” cut time. Also swimming under the previous meet record, set in 1997, was the CMS team of Austin Hallett, Vincent Pai, Ryan Toohey and Ryan Kristensen finished in 1:34.53.
The 100 breaststroke belonged to a pair of freshmen Stags as Vincent Pai and Vince Schiavoni both swam under the previous meet record in times of 56.53 and 57.13, respectively. Both were NCAA “B” cuts as well.
Max Scholten (PP) out touched Nick Ostreim (CMS) 52.25 to 52.44 in the 100 backstroke as each swimmer earned an NCAA “B” cut time.
In the 200 freestyle Redlands’ Alec Alders was crowned the SCIAC champion finishing in 1:42.98.
Two Bulldogs earned NCAA “B” cuts in the 100 butterfly as they finished 1-2. Harp, a freshman won the event in 50.02 while sophomore teammate Terzic was just behind in 50.74.
Improving by more than three seconds in the 400 individual medley, CMS’s Hallett earned not only a SCIAC title but an NCAA “B” cut as well with a time of 4:08.25. He won the event by more than three seconds.
The final event of the day belonged once again to CMS whose Hallett, Jeff McNerney, Stephen Andron and John Sloat combined to break a 21-year old 800 free relay meet record with a time of 6:52.44. The UR relay team of Harp, Terzic, Buddy Olds and Alders also swam under the previous record time in 6:54.35 as both teams earned NCAA “B” cut times.
The three-meter diving event was won by CLU’s Eric Vaughn who completed his 11-dive list with 379.75 points ahead of Caltech’s Justin Johnson (359.75) and CMS’s Garrett Smith (345.50).
Following the completion of day two of competition Claremont-Mudd-Scripps held onto the lead with 657.5 points ahead of Redlands (565) who closed the gap to make it the competition tough. Holding up the third spot is Pomona-Pitzer (288.5) followed closely by CLU (272), Occidental (247), Whittier (153), Caltech (141) and ULV (124).
All of the SCIAC schools will re-convene on Saturday morning for the final day of competition at the 2009 SCIAC Swimming and Diving Championships. Again preliminaries will begin at 11:00 a.m. with finals starting at 6:00 p.m. Prior to the start of the finals the SCIAC will recognize the graduating seniors, beginning at 5:45 p.m.