The University of Redlands swimming & diving teams welcomed in-region foe Trinity University (TX) to the Thompson Aquatic Center on Saturday for a non-conference showdown. The Bulldog women prevailed over the Tigers by a solid 147-111 showing, while the Maroon and Gray men fell short in an 89-173 decision.
The women came out firing on all cylinders, as they notched eight gold-medal performances on the day. The 200 Medley Relay of freshman Kate Canfield (Naperville, IL), junior Jessica Rivers (Renton, WA), junior Ellie Jaques (Covina, CA), and senior Lauren Robeznieks (Tigard, OR) got things started by uncorking a first-place time of 1:52.31.
Jaques followed that up by out-touching the competition in the 200 Free with her time of 1:59.34, before Canfield recorded a first-place mark of 1:00.91 in the 100 Back. Rivers continued the Bulldogs' solid start by taking the gold in the 200 Breast with a time of 1:10.50. Freshman Courtney Schmidt (Rancho Palos Verdes, CA) joined in the winning action by touching the wall first in the 200 Fly (2:17.37).
The meet continued with impressive results for the Maroon and Gray, as sophomore Emily Waddell (Bellevue, WA) headed up a 2-4 finish in the 50 Free. She clocked a second-place time of 25.62, as Robeznieks followed in 25.76 for third and sophomore Olivia Rock (Boulder, CO) completed the triple threat with a time of 26.48 for fourth place.
Similar results occurred in the 100 Fly, with Robeznieks (2nd – 1:01.63), Schmidt (3rd – 1:01.91), and Rock (4th – 1:04.34) joining forces for a strong Bulldog showing.
In the 100 Free, Robeznieks and Waddell secured quality points with their respective second- (55.47) and third-place showings (55.95).
Jaques returned to the top of the podium with her season-best effort of 2:29.46 in the 200 Breast.
The 400 Free Relay of Canfield, Rivers, Schmidt, and Waddell added another first-place finish to the Bulldogs' results by clocking in at 3:46.20.
Finally, Jaques topped off a stellar day with her winning time of 4:45.54 in the 400 Individual Medley, before junior Cassidy Cramton (Rancho Cucamonga, CA) registered a second-place performance in the 1650 Free with the team's fastest mark of the season at 19:37.60.
The Bulldog men tallied multiple top-two showings amidst the tough competition. The 200 Medley Relay of junior Will Tyrrell (Portland, OR), sophomore Brian Wright (Kent, WA), freshman Zack Amendola (Palos Heights, IL), and senior Patrick Fink (San Pedro, CA) opened the day with a second-place time of 1:39.07.
Tyrrell uncorked a season-best time of 53.54 to win the 100 Back, while freshman Joe Widuch (Naperville, IL) quickly followed in second place with another season-best showing of54.39.
Wright impressed in the 200 Breast by out-swimming the competition with his gold-medal performance of 2:17.89. In addition, sophomore Henry Stuckenschmidt (Fresno, CA) registered a first-place finish in the 1650 Free with a season-best time of 17:19.15.
In the 100 Free, Redlands rallied for a 2-4 finish, as freshman Aaron Bauer (Garden Grove, CA), Fink, and Amendola teamed up for quality results. Bauer led the trio with his second-place time of 48.87 and was followed by Fink in 49.53 and Amendola in 49.66.
Widuch unleashed a time of 2:01.02 for second in the 200 Back, while Wright took second in the 400 IM with a time of 4:23.08. Finally, sophomore Harlan Long (Orland Park, IL) and Wright added to the quality results with silver-medal showings in the 500 Free (4:59.07) and 400 IM (4:23.08), respectively.
Finally, the 400 Free Relay of junior Eric Bugna (Vancouver, WA), Widuch, Bauer, and Amendola stepped up to take second in 3:17.27.
Redlands heads to Cal Lutheran University on Saturday, January 30, for a Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SCIAC) showdown with the Kingsmen and Reglas at 10:30 a.m.