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Records Fall for Regals on First Day of SCIAC Championships

800 Free Relay breaks nine-year old school record

Wednesday, Feb. 15, 2017 10:54 pm

From L-R: Mardell Ramirez, Jessica Van der Laan, Grace Sanchez and Emily Sharpe broke a nine-year old school record in the 800 Free Relay on the first night of the SCIAC Championships. 

Credit: Matt McClenathen Hi-res image

COMMERCE, Calif. – On the first day of the 2017 SCIAC Swimming & Diving Championships, the Cal Lutheran women’s swimming and diving team broke a pair of school records while racking up 84 points to sit in sixth place overall through five events at the Brenda Villa Aquatics Center.

During the last event of the night, the 800 Free Relay team consisting of Mardell Ramirez, Grace Sanchez, Jessica Van der Laan and Emily Sharpe raced to a time of 7:48.25 to edge out a nine-year old school record that was set by Kelsey Myers, April Coyle, Jillian Friend and Christa Ratcliff in 2008. During the first leg of the race, Ramirez sprinted out ahead of the pack and her 200 free split of 1:51.46 broke another CLU school record, while being the fastest split time of the entire event. Sanchez followed with a 1:59.88 while Van der Laan went 1:58.12 and Sharpe anchored the race with a 1:58.79, but the Regals missed the podium by just over a second and had to settle for fourth place.

The 200 Medley Relay featured the quartet of Anna Lundsten, Paulina Cordero, Brianna Baldwin and Van der Laan that placed eighth overall with a time of 1:54.67. Lundsten swam the opening backstroke portion of the race in 29.01 followed by a 33.46 in the breaststroke from Cordero. Baldwin handled the butterfly stroke to the tune of 26.36 while Van der Laan anchored the relay with a freestyle split of 25.84.

Lundsten, Melody Pope, Roxanna Ramirez-Racinos and Rachel Coleman also competed in the 800 Free Relay and placed 14th overall with a time of 8:16.94 while the relay team of Allison Farre, Brittany DeValk, Jamie Shultz and Coleman finished 17th overall in the 200 Medley Relay (2:05.26).

In the morning diving competition, Tianna Pasko was one spot away from qualifying for the finals, finishing with a score of 377.35 for 10th place. Brianna DeValk placed 19th with a score of 270.55, followed by a 21st place finish from Kelsey Daehlin (267.80) and a 23rd place finish from Carlie Burow (242.55).

Claremont-Mudd-Scripps sits in first place after day one with 210 points while Redlands is in second with 128 and Pomona-Pitzer is in third with 125.

Competition on day two begins at 9:00 a.m. with preliminary heats in the 500 free, 200 IM, 50 free, and 200 free.

Results:  Day One
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