Bulldog Swimmers Split against Whitman in Regional Showdown
On Monday the University of Redlands swimming program split a dual match against Northwest Conference opponent Whitman College (WA) with the women's squad winning by a score of 111-94, while the men narrowly falling in a 99-105 decision.
Despite posting their lowest dual-match score of the season, the women edged out Whitman with the help of five victories and 18 top-3 finishes.
One of the day's highlights came in the 100 Free where the trio of freshman Chandra Lukes (Escondido, CA), senior K.C. Hughes (Gig Harbor, WA) and senior Jaime Nippert (Gresham, OR) swept the event, slotting in first (57.08), second (58.96) and third (59.09), respectively.
Redlands native freshman Margo Macready tallied an individual victory for the second consecutive meet, taking home the top spot in the 1650 Free with a mark of 18:36.51.
In addition, junior Missy Utama (Walnut, CA) claimed first place in the 400 IM (4:59.60).
On the men's side, four wins and 18 top-three finishes wasn't quite enough to fend off the Missionaries, who prevailed by a mere six points.
Seniors Tyler Harp (San Bernardino, CA) and Ben Ballard (Riverside, CA), along with junior Chris Depew (Naperville, IL), starred for the Maroon and Gray by combining for 36 of their team's points. Harp tallied two individual wins, out-swimming the competition in the 50 Free (21.88) and 200 Free (1:49.18). During the 100 Free, Ballard pushed past second-place swimmer Mitchell Lee by 13 tenths of a second for a time of 50.20 to win the event. For the second meet in three days, Depew clinched a victory, touching the wall first against the Missionaries in the 400 IM (4:25.56).
Redlands swimming & diving returns to SCIAC competition on Saturday, Jan. 14, with 10:30 a.m. meet at Pomona-Pitzer Colleges.