Three CLU Records Fall on Third Night
Brewer brings home second All-SCIAC honor
COMMERCE, Calif. –The third day of the 2017 Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SCIAC) Swimming and Diving Championships was another productive one for the Cal Lutheran team as a quartet of Kingsmen earned spots in championship finals heats.
Ben Brewer swam his way back into the championship finals for the second straight night of his first conference meet. The freshman went a 4:04.80 in the 400 Individual Medley (IM) to earn the fifth seed in preliminaries before coming back in 4:01.34 tonight to break coach and former CLU record-holder Jonathan Hall’s mark of 4:02.68 set in 2015 to claim third place and his second trip to the podium of the weekend. His time is well under the NCAA “B” cut target of 4:07.40.
In the morning, Jacob Frigard momentarilytook over the 100 Butterfly school record by clocking a 50.34 to earn the fifth seed going into finals. His preliminary swim was faster than the previous best time of 50.49 set in 2015 by Ore Wahnishe. In the evening event, Frigard slowed down a bit, dropping to seventh in 50.42. He held the record until Zach Zamecki swam a time trial at the end of the regular program and out touched his teammate by a hundredth of a second, hitting the wall in 50.33 to steal the school record. Cesar Vasconcelos was the second alternate in the 100 fly tonight after swimming a 52.85 in prelims.
Four Kingsmen scored in the 200 Free today with both Zameckiand Jonah Hobbs swimming in the championship file while Ryan Emili and George French earned spots in the consolation heat. Hobbs climbed a spot to finish eighth in the finals heat with a time of 1:43.28, but Zamecki dropped from the second seed to fifth in 1:42.15. Both finalists went slower in the evening session as Zamecki turned in a morning swim of 1:41.61 and Hobbs hit the wall in 1:42.95. French improved from a preliminaries showing of 1:44.03 to 1:43.90 in the consolation final with Emili clocking a 1:43.30 in the morning and a 1:43.60 this evening.
The final individual appearance tonight came from senior Davy Thomas whose prelim 100 backstroke time of 53.28 put him ahead of teammate Zamecki (53.61 in 2015) in the CLU record books. During his consolation final, Thomas lowered the time to 52.99 to place third in the heat and maintain 12th overall.
Swimming events concluded with the 400 Medley Relay team of Thomas, Emili, Frigard and Thelen McKinna-Worrell combining for a time of 3:30.73 to place seventh.
One day after placing fifth in his final three-meter diving competition, senior diver Ricky Mendoza stepped up on the one-meter board in preliminaries to score a 3488.60 on an 11-dive list. The senior qualified for finals, which will take place tomorrow, on the last day of the meet, between swimming prelims and finals.
Pomona-Pitzer (678) leads Claremont-Mudd-Scripps (676) by just two points as the Stags closed the gap tonight. Cal Lutheran (374) remains in third with Redlands (365) and La Verne (240) maintaining their respective spots as fourth and fifth. Whittier leapfrogged into sixth with 236 in another two-point separation from Occidental and Caltech teams that each have 234 points. Chapman (128) still sits in ninth after the third day of competition.
Tomorrow on the final day of SCIAC Championships, competition will again begin at 9:00 a.m. with preliminaries followed by finals at 5:00 p.m. The meet will conclude with the 1650 free, 200 backstroke, 100 free, 200 breaststroke, 200 butterfly and the 400 Free Relay. Prior to the first evening event the senior class will be honored.
Results: Day Three
Tournament Central: 2017 SCIAC Championships
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