Chapman swimming and diving competed at Claremont-Mudd-Scripps Saturday morning. Senior Kirsten Spicer stood out for the Panthers, finishing first in the women’s 50-yard freestyle in a meet that did not record team scores.
Senior Emily Holmquist said the team has improved since its last meet.
“We are beginning to pick up the yardage and have more intense practices to prepare us for future meets,” Holmquist said.
The Panthers had many top-five finishes, a major improvement from previous meets. In the Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SCIAC), the women’s team is sixth out of nine, while the men are in last.
For the women, sixth place is a comfortable place to be according to Holmquist
“(We) just need to stay healthy and get faster each meet,” Holmquist said.
Freshman Joey Luba placed second in the men’s three-meter dive with a score of 219.25; senior Austin Devone came in last with a score of 83.50.
In the women’s 200-yard medley relay, sophomore Claire Fieweger, junior Ali Marchand, freshman Kayla Dimicco and senior Kirsten Spicer finished third, behind two Claremont-Mudd-Scripps teams. Panthers junior Daylen Degelsmith, freshman Isabel Kinsolving, freshman Rachel Kling and freshman Rachel Isaacs finished seventh. In eighth and last place finished the relay team of senior Paige Davis, freshman Taylor Studebaker, senior Michelle Hutchins and senior Kassy Parker.
In the men’s 200-yard medley relay, Chapman’s only team finished fourth. The team consisted of freshmen Jonathan Lee and Kelly Huddleston, sophomore Sam Baker and junior Tylor Sarrafzadeh.
Freshman Mary Welton finished second in the women’s 1,650-yard freestyle with a time of 18:39.49. Senior Emily Holmquist finished fourth in the same event with a time of 19:00.42.
In the women’s 200-yard freestyle, sophomore Karli Zavalkink finished sixth with a time of 2:10.99. Freshman Julia Furtado finished last with 2:15.08.
In the women’s 200-yard butterfly, sophomore Claire Fieweger finished third with a time of 2:26.04. Rounding out the top five was senior Michelle Hutchins with a time of 2:28.43. Fieweger finished second in the women’s 200-yard backstroke with a time of 2:20.45. In the men’s 200-yard butterfly, freshman Jonathan Lee finished second with a time of 1:58.90. Lee placed second in the men’s 200-yard backstroke with a time of 2:03.05 and third in the men’s 200-yard individual medley.
Senior Kirsten Spicer finished first in the 50-meter freestyle with a time of 25.07, 10 seconds faster than the second place finisher. Spicer also finished third in the women’s 100-yard freestyle with a time of 56.64. In the women’s three-meter dive, Chapman divers were sandwiched between Claremont-Mudd-Scripps athletes, finishing second and third. Dimicco finished second with a score of 196.75. Right behind Dimicco was senior Jamie Ricklin with a score of 144.10.
In the men’s one-meter dive, freshman Joey Luba finished second with a score of 227.50. In fifth was Devone with a score of 134.95.
In the women’s 500-yard freestyle, sophomore Lauren Alvarado finished second in a time of 5:30.39.
Chapman’s next competition is at home against SCIAC rival Whittier Saturday, Jan. 10 at 11 a.m. The meet will be the first of five for Chapman in the new year prior to the SCIAC championships Thursday, Feb. 19 through Sunday, Feb 22 in Commerce, Calif.