Five Regals Compete in Finals; Machida Makes More History

Day one complete at SCIAC Championships

Friday, Feb. 21, 2014 10:28 pm

Alvina Wong swam two events on the first day of SCIAC Championships.
Credit: Tracy Maple Hi-res image

COMMERCE, Calif. – The first full day of competition at the 2014 Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SCIAC) Swimming & Diving Championships at the Brenda Villa Aquatics Center saw senior diver Sheyenne Machida earn a trip to the podium after hitting an NCAA qualifying mark.

Machida made some memories in the one-meter diving finals tonight as the last event of the day. Carrying over five scores from preliminaries on Thursday afternoon, Machida improved on her optional list to score a new CLU school record mark of 453.95, 61 points better than her previous best to break her own record for the second consecutive day. She was also one of two divers to break a SCIAC and meet record tonight. Additionally, she punched a ticket to compete at the national level next weekend, becoming the first Regals diver to advance to the NCAA Regional meet. Though she has been battling illness, in her last hurrah on the low boards she left it all in the pool, producing four scores of better than 20 points tonight.

Senior swimmer Sarah Forsythe hit the wall in personal-best time of 25.22 in the consolation heat of the 50 Freestyle this evening, scoring for the Regals after posting a preliminary mark of 25.30.

The opening event between the lanes in both sessions was the 500 free, an event that saw a pair of CLU swimmers earn an opportunity to compete in the consolation final and score for the Regals.  In her first SCIAC Championships, Annika Stenfjord entered her evening swim as the 16th seed with a time of 5:17.91 ahead of senior Juliana Rios stepping up to the blocks as the final qualifier for the consolation heat with a morning swim of 5:19.82. In the finals the Regals swapped positions with Rios hitting the wall in a career-best time of 5:17.75 while Stenfjord finished in 5:19.32.

Kelli Miller nearly earned a chance to swim tonight in her last SCIAC Championships, but placed just out of contention as the first alternate in the 200 Individual Medley with a time of 2:16.80.

A number of other Regals competed for CLU today including Emily Borchard (500 free, 50 free), Shelby Brooks (200 IM), Lauren Chrislu (50 free), Taylor Faust (50 free), Mimi Harbach (500 free), Alvina Wong (200 IM, 50 free) and Mary Wakabayashi (50 free).

In the two relays tonight, CLU placed seventh in the 200 Free Relay behind a 1:42.54 from Stenfjord, Wong, Wakabayashi and Faust. The final event of the day saw the Regals drop close to nine seconds off their seed time with Brooks, Miller, Rios and Forsythe finishing the 400 Medley Relay in 4:01.81, two tenths of a second off the Cal Lutheran record.

An incorrect final dive doomed freshman Tianna Pasko who dropped from fourth to eighth in the overall standings on the one-meter board.

For the first time in league history the teams were required to declare a team of 24 to compete in the championships. The scoring format was also modified with the top 18 performers scoring, which has boosted the overall scores of the meet.

After the first scoring day, Claremont-Mudd-Scripps leads with a team total of 278 as one of two schools with more than 200-points after six events. Second place belongs to Pomona-Pitzer (255.5) with Redlands clinging to third with a 173. Occidental (138) is fourth followed by Whittier (130), La Verne (119), Chapman (93), Cal Lutheran (75.5) and Caltech (56).

Day two of the 2014 SCIAC Swimming & Diving Championships will get underway at 9:00 a.m. on Saturday, Feb. 22 with preliminary swimming events. The women’s three-meter preliminary diving will take place at 1:00 p.m. preceding swimming final races that are set to begin at 5:00 p.m. and

Final Results: Day One Finals Results
Preliminary Results:
Day One Preliminary Results
Final Diving Results:
Women’s one-meter Final Results
Diving Results:
Women’s one-meter Final Individual Scores
SCIAC Championships:
Caltech Meet Central
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