Ramirez Sets New SCIAC, Meet, CLU Record at SCIAC Championships
CLU sits in sixth after third day
COMMERCE, Calif. –On the third day of the 2017 Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SCIAC) Swimming and Diving Championships at Brenda Villa Aquatics Center, Cal Lutheran sophomore Mardell Ramirez etched her name in the league record books with a SCIAC and Meet record swim in the 200 free.
Ramirez demolished the 200 free CLU record while downing both the SCIAC and SCIAC Championships Meet records with a gold medal winning time of 1:51.10. During preliminaries on Friday morning, she paced the field, hitting the wall in a CLU program and SCIAC Championships meet record time of 1:52.16 to replace the previous best time of 1:52.33 set in 2010 by Allie Bollella of Redlands. Her time also earned her an NCAA “B” cut. Additionally, the showing broke the nine year-old CLU record of 1:54.54 achieved by Kelsey Myers in 2009. The first-year swimmer was the only championship finals swimmer for the Regals tonight.
Joining Ramirez in the consolation heat of the 200 free were Melody Pope and Emily Sharpe who nearly qualified with matching times, going a 2:00.36 (16th seed) and 2:00.37 (17th seed), respectively, in the morning. Tonight they both produced faster times, breaking the two-minute mark, with Sharpe hitting the wall in 1:58.96 and Pope going a 1:59.17.
Freshman Brianna Baldwin advanced to her first consolation final, swimming a morning 100 butterfly time of 1:00.41 to take the 14th seed. This evening, she clocked a slightly faster 1:00.35 to move up a spot to finish fourth in the heat and 13th overall.
Grace Sanchez also returned to the blocks tonight following a 100 backstroke preliminary swim of 1:00.76 to take the 14th position as well. In the consolation final, the sophomore notched a quicker time of 1:00.46 to move up two spots and finish third in the consolation final.
Two Regals were on stand-by as alternates tonight. Freshman Jessica Van der Laan was the first alternate in the 400 Individual Medley (IM) after a preliminary time of 4:52.90 while senior Brittany DeValk was a second alternate in the 100 breaststroke with a morning swim of 1:13.97 in her final appearance in the event for the Violet and Gold.
Tonight’s competition ended with the 400 Medley Relay team of Ramirez, Brittany DeValk, Baldwin and Sanchez joining forces to swim a 4:05.86, placing seventh.
Claremont-Mudd-Scripps (929) continues to lead by a huge margin and Pomona-Pitzer (674), Redlands (393) and Chapman (314) hold steady in the two through four spots. Occidental (271) jumped ahead of Cal Lutheran (259) and Whittier (255), La Verne (196) and Caltech (130) finish out the team results.
The final day of the 2017 SCIAC Championships get underway at 9:00 a.m. once again with preliminaries followed by finals at 5:00 p.m. Prior to the first evening event the senior class will be honored and the meet will conclude with the 1650 free, 200 backstroke, 100 free, 200 breaststroke, 200 butterfly and the 400 Free Relay.
Results: Day Three
Tournament Central: 2017 SCIAC Championships
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