PASADENA, Calif – Conference Swimming and Diving teams will compete at the SCIAC Championships hosted by California Lutheran University and held at Whittier College from Thursday, February 19-22, 2015. This year will mark a change in the results of the Championships will determine the conference champion as well as qualify individuals for the NCAA Division III Championships. Previously a champion was named based on a points awarded during the regular season together with those at the championships.
The Claremont-Mudd-Scripps Colleges enter the meet at the top of both the men's and women's SCIAC standings each at 8-0. This record puts the CMS 2015 senior class (women and men) at 62-0 in SCIAC dual-meets over four seasons. This impressive feet has not been matched by another SCIAC swim & dive program.
With their impressive team record, three Athenas of CMS hold the best times for individual events: Kelly Ngo (50-yard freestyle), Lorea Gwo (100-yard butterfly), and Emily McKinnon (200-yard breaststroke). CMS captures the top seed in both diving events with Maia Presti (1-meter) and Carli Lessard (3-meter). Last year, CMS won the SCIAC Championships and went on to place 13th in the National Championships.
Pomona-Pitzer finished second in the SCIAC in the regular season after its runner up finish a year ago going 7-1 in conference duals. Junior Ellena Basada is the defending SCIAC Champion in the 400 IM, while sophomore Kay Sterner is the defending champion in the 500 freestyle. Junior diverDawn Barlow broke the Pomona-Pitzer record in the one-meter, earning an NCAA "B" cut. University of Redlands sophomore Ellie Jaques headlines the Bulldogs' success after garnering SCIAC Athlete of the Week honors earlier this season.
Chapman's women's freestylers will be ones to watch with Kirsten Spicer and Emily Holmquistleading the way in sprints. Spicer ranks 13th in the conference in the 100-yard freestyle after setting a career-best time of 54.72 in the event in January. Holmquist, who is the SCIAC's leader in the 50-yard free this season (though not a Championships event) could also pose a threat in short distances. Her best 100 time is 55.80 set on Feb. 7.
Senior distance specialist Kimberley Hallsted of Whittier College will pace the Poets during the Championships and will be joined by senior Lauren Nico and junior transfer Kiersten Shew. Starting off the Championships the Poets will have a trio of divers on the boards led by junior Marisa Refe and freshman Kirsten Trout. Senior All-American Maddie Lovrensky heads into the meet for the University of La Verne, undefeated in all backstroke events in SCIAC meets in which she has competed in her career. Two relays to watch are the 200 and the 400 medley relay; the Leopards are ranked second in both events behind Claremont-Mudd-Scripps. La Verne is projected to swim Lovrensky-Rojas-Cha-Consiglio.
The Cal Lutheran women's swimming and diving team is one of the youngest in recent years. The lone CLU senior Taylor Faust has added guidance and leadership as she swims for her final collegiate campaign. Junior Katie Kochalko has been a staple for the Regals all season after an injury limited her involvement last season. Look to California Institute of Technology in diving with sophomore Zofii Kaczmarek (season-high 170.15 on 3-meter,) and freshmen Robin Brown (145.15 1-meter season high) in her first season of diving ever.
The diving preliminary rounds begin on Thursday at 10:30 a.m. then each day begins at 9:00 a.m. with morning preliminaries and followed by afternoon finals in diving and evening finals in swimming.
COMPLETE SCHEDULE OF EVENTS (as of Friday, February 13)
|PRELIMS||WOMEN 1 M; MEN 3 M|
|FINALS||WOMEN 1 M|
|PRELIMS||WOMEN 3 M|
|FINALS||MEN 3 M|
|PRELIMS||MEN 1 M|
|FINALS||WOMEN 3 M|
|FINALS||MEN 1 M|
|THURSDAY||PRELIM RESULTS||FINALS –PSYCH SHEET||RECAP | RESULTS|
|FRIDAY||PRELIM RESULTS||FINALS –PSYCH SHEET||RECAP | RESULTS|
|SATURDAY||PRELIM RESULTS||FINALS –PSYCH SHEET||RECAP | RESULTS|
|SUNDAY||PRELIM RESULTS||FINALS –PSYCH SHEET||RECAP | RESULTS|
|NCAA QUALIFYING STANDARDS||
WHITTIER COLLEGE – LILLIAN SLADE AQUATICS CENTER
13847 Earlham Drive, Whittier, CA 90602
Parking is limited this weekend. Please follow all signs for parking. On Thursday, February 19th and Friday, February 20th there will be a shuttle service available to the aquatic center from a nearby location.
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|2015 SCIAC STANDINGS||MEN | WOMEN|
|2014-15 SCIAC TOP TIMES|