Swim and dive teams struggle in SCIAC dual meet

Senior Amanda Morris jumps back into the water for a 200m backstroke against Pomona-Pitzer Saturday afternoon. Photo by Adam Ottke

Chapman’s swimming and diving program had a poor performance in its first SCIAC dual meet, getting blown out by both the men and women of Pomona-Pitzer.

The women lost 180-115, while the men’s team was outscored 182-53.

“We know we are going to get faster,” senior swimmer Samantha McLaughlin said. “It’s just going to take time.”

For the women, not everything went Pomona’s way early on, as the Panthers led through two events. Chapman’s lead came after a one-two finish in the 1000-yard freestyle by senior Samantha Martin and sophomore Paige Davis. Freshman Madeleine Reeves also finished fourth in the 100-yard freestyle. The 100-yard freestyle was one of just four events that the women would place first in.

Sophomore Kirsten Spicer secured Chapman’s victory in the 50-yard free- style, edging out freshman Anna Schwab of Pomona by four tenths of a second, a fairly large margin for a race that short.

Chapman also went one-two in 3-meter diving, as senior Kiernan Gilbert won with a score of 158.50 and fellow Panther freshman Jamie Ralph placed second with a score of 141.60. Gilbert and Ralph also finished second and third respectively in the 1-meter.

“It was a good meet for me,” Gilbert said. “I was surprised by how well I did on my front-doubles on the 1-meter. It was a good day.”

The Panthers also placed first in the 200-yard freestyle relay by over a second, in 1:14.94. Senior Amanda Morris, McLaughlin, Martin and Spicer made up Chapman’s only winning relay team of the day.

McLaughlin and Morris both went on to score points in a few different events, as they finished second and third respectively in different heats of the women’s 100-yard backstroke. Morris also finished third in the 200-yard backstroke right behind teammate sophomore Alex Carubis, and McLaughlin placed second in the 200-yard breaststroke.

While some Chapman swimmers competed in many different events, they did not tire easily.

“It’s what we train for,” McLaughlin said. “It can be difficult to race in four events in a day, but we were ready.”

On the men’s side, a short-handed squad with just seven swimmers simply did not have the depth to hang with Pomona.

“Only having seven swimmers makes things really difficult,” said senior Hayden Boal. “We could not even field two relay teams, and relays are one of the easiest ways to score points.”

Boal stood out for the Panthers, taking first place in the 500-yard freestyle, beating the second place finisher from Pomona by eight seconds.

“I could have done better,” Boal said. “But for this early in the season, it’s not too bad.”

Boal also finished second in the 100- yard freestyle.

Sophomore Rory Stewart won the 200- yard backstroke, as the only other Chap- man male to finish first in an event.

Stewart placed second in the 100-yard backstroke and the 100-yard butterfly and freshman James Gaskin finished third in the 100-yard freestyle as the only other Chapman man to place in the top three.

The men’s diving team did not have any participants in the competition.

The dual meet marked Chapman’s last competition until the new year.

[For the record, 3:30 p.m. Dec. 5: An earlier version of this post reported Chapman’s lead came after a one-two finish in the 100-yard freestyle.]

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