SCIAC Swim and Dive Championships Day 1
Sunday was the opening day of competition for the SCIAC Swimming Championships hosted by Pomona-Pitzer at the South Gate Pool. The University of La Verne men's team is currently in fifth place and the women's team is in eighth place.
The Leopards had five individual swimmers and four relay teams competing in the finals. The men's 400-yard medley relay, Shane Hurter, Marc Okimura, Matt Johnson, and Tyler Hunt enjoyed a third place finish with a time of 3:31.48. Their effort resulted in a new school record as well as the first All-SCIAC relay since 2007. Hurter's 100-yard backstroke cut in the relay (51.55) was an NCAA "B" Cut qualifying time.
The women's 400-yard medley relay, Maddie Lovrensky, Jaycee Hallford, Brittany Orduno, and Terrah Carroll, came in seventh place with a time of 4:11.83, a 17-second improvement from their seeded time. Lovrensky's 100-yard backstroke in the relay (57.65), earned her an NCAA "B" Cut qualifying time as well as a new school record.
La Verne also had some individual scorers in today's finals. Hunt, who tied for ninth place in prelims, swam in a swim-off to make it into finals. With a time of 21.87, Hunt placed eighth overall. Photais came in 13th place in the 50-yard freestyle. For the women, Lovrensky placed first in the 50-yard freestyle consolation final and ninth overall with a time of 24.85.
Okimura placed third in the 200-yard IM consolation final and 11th overall with a time of 1:58.23. John Jarvis came in sixth place in the 500-yard freestyle consolation final and 14th overall coming in at 4:50.91.
The SCIAC Championships will continue Monday . The preliminaries start at 10:00 am and the finals start at 5:00 pm.