Meet of the Week, Recap: Claremont-Mudd-Scripps vs. Redlands

REDLANDS, California, January 31. NOTHING could have gone more perfect for the Stags and the Athenas in Redlands, Calif., on Saturday as both the men and the women defeated the University of Redlands at the Thompson Aquatic Center.

With the win, both Claremont-Mudd-Scripps Colleges teams finished out the season undefeated and did so in a fashion that produced a handful of NCAA qualifying marks and Thompson Aquatic Center records.

The Stags snapped the Bulldogs' unbeaten streak of dual meets in the Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SCIAC), which dates back to 2000. The last time the Redlands men lost a dual meet was on Jan. 29, 2000 when Claremont-Mudd-Scripps defeated the Bulldogs 164-114.

Team Scores
The Athenas dominated the Bulldogs on the women's side of the meet, winning by a 158-84 final.

Redlands' men's team kept the score close the entirety of the meet, but the Stags emerged victorious in the end with a 129-114 win.

Women's 1-meter Diving
Jenna Lyons produced the top score on the 1-meter board with a 200.50 mark. The Athenas' Clair Geary and Teija Mortvedt placed second and third with respective scores of 164.30 and 156.25.

Men's 3-meter Diving
Garrett Smith of Claremont-Mudd-Scripps started out the men's meet with a first-place finish on the 3-meter board, taking the event with a 236.70 score. Redlands took second and third as Matt Adams and Ben Ballard tallied scores of 173.75 and 142.75, respectively.

Women's 400 Medley Relay
The Claremont-Mudd-Scripps quartet of Amy Tresenrider, Annie Perizzolo, Katie Bilotti and Emma Jones set a facility record with a 4:02.85 time in the 400 medley relay, breaking the former record set by the Athena contingent that clocked a 4:03.97 in 2005. Redlands' "A" relay took second (4:08.66) while the Athena "B" contingent placed third (4:13.45).

Men's 400 Medley Relay
Claremont-Mudd-Scripps kicked the swimming portion of the men's meet off with a one-two finish in the 400 medley relay. Nick Ostreim, Vincent Pai, Austin Hallett and Jeff McNerney flirted with the pool record (3:33.74) but settled with a first-place time of 3:34.44 nonetheless. The Stags touched out the Bulldogs for second as the Claremont-Mudd-Scripps "B" relay (3:43.54) defeated the Redlands "A" relay (3:43.78) by a .24-second margin.

Women's 1650 Freestyle
A trio of Athenas filled in the top three spots in the 1650 freestyle with Carliann Brashier winning with a pool record of 17:55.37. Brashier's time eclipses Lauren Williams of Claremont-Mudd-Scripps' former mark of 18:08.08, which she set back in 2001. Chrysanthia Cheung-Lau touched the wall second (18:01.54) while Whitney Dawson nabbed the third-place spot (18:04.91).

Men's 1650 Freestyle
Alec Alders of Redlands faced a tough test in Brent Kersten of Claremont-Mudd-Scripps in the men's mile, but the defending SCIAC champion in the event prevailed, giving the Bulldogs first-place points in the event with a 17:01.08 time. Kersten checked in at 17:06.52 while Redlands' Marc Hicks finished third (17:22.29).

Women's 200 Freestyle
The 200 freestyle featured another sweep in favor of the Athenas. Jones paced her teammates with a 1:56.81 performance while Jordan Stewart and Danielle Peebles snagged second and third with times of 1:58.18 and 1:59.34, respectively.

Men's 200 Freestyle
Tyler Harp of Redlands battled the Stags' Jeff McNerney the entirety of the 200 freestyle and came out on top, producing splits of 24.66, 26.37, 27.37 and 26.44 en route to a 1:44.84 swim. McNerney clocked a swift time of 1:46.21 and placed second while John Sloat of Claremont-Mudd-Scripps came in third (1:48.93).

Women's 50 Freestyle
After two straight sweeps, the Bulldogs responded by taking first and third in the women's 50 freestyle. Kat McIntosh won the event in 25.01, touching just in front of Claremont-Mudd-Scripps' Jenni Rinker (25.21). Casey Sripramong of Redlands covered the splash and dash in 25.51 and took third.

Men's 50 Freestyle
Redlands' Miran Terzic, who already held an NCAA "B" qualifying mark in the event prior to the meet, powered through the two-lap sprint in 21.15 for first. Ryan Kristensen earned second-place points for the Maroon and Gold (21.91) while the Bulldogs' Buddy Olds slammed the touch pad third (22.10).

Women's 200 IM
McKenzie Nakamura of Redlands used a strong breaststroke leg to overtake the Athenas' Heidi Wolfgruber and cruised to a first-place finish with a 2:12.93 time. Wolfgruber settled for second (2:15.81) while the Bulldogs' Whitney Marsh built up a lead early and held off Perizzolo for third (2:17.67).

Men's 200 IM
No one could stop Hallett in the 200 IM as he used his versatility to record a pool-record time of 1:58.90. Hallett's swim bettered Occidental College's Dickson Fai's 1:59.23 mark, which he set in 2006. Pai emerged into the picture with a sizzling 32.61 breaststroke leg and finished second (2:00.44) while his teammate, Ryan Toohey, competed the sweep with a 2:00.74 performance.

Women's 3-meter Diving
Lyons won her second event of the afternoon with a 190.00 score in the 3-meter. Mortvedt corralled a 165.64 score and took second while Geary rounded out the top-three finishers (152.85).

Men's 1-meter Diving
For the second time, Smith scored first-place points for the Stags. His 211.95 score in the 1-meter edged Tim Sanders of Redlands' mark of 208.79 while Adams picked up the third-place spot (192.95).

Women's 200 Butterfly
Cheung-Lau took the 200 butterfly hard and never let her foot off of the gas pedal, taking first with relative ease (2:12.38). Stewart survived a late charge from Melanie Loo of Redlands and turned in a 2:15.54 standard for second while Loo settled for third with a 2:16.80 performance.

Men's 200 Butterfly
The Stags added to their eight-point lead in the 200 butterfly as Kersten utilized a strong third 50 to win in 1:59.75. Brian Nadler of Claremont-Mudd-Scripps nearly broke the two-minute barrier with a 2:00.45 outing and took second while Redlands' Will Houser snagged third (2:02.20).

Women's 100 Freestyle
No one came close to catching Jones in the 100 freestyle as the Eugene, Ore., native notched a blazing 53.90 time. Redlands filled out the second- and third-place spots as Jaime Nippert and Julie Schiering clocked times of 56.75 and 58.06, respectively.

Men's 100 Freestyle
Terzic returned to the pool in the 100 freestyle and produced similar results from his previous race, blasting through the event in 47.06. Harp nearly negative split his race and garnered second-place honors (47.70) while Kristensen faded and settled for third (48.25) despite leading at the halfway point.

Women's 200 Backstroke
Claremont-Mudd-Scripps went one-two once more as Rinker used a 2:11.52 200 backstroke to earn first-place points for the Athenas. Tresenrider trailed behind Rinker the entirety of the race and offered a 2:14.03 performance, which earned her second-place points. Redlands' Hillary Nicholson prevented the sweep, overtaking the Athenas' Tessa Dover for third (2:14.94).

Men's 200 Backstroke
A 2008 All-American in the event, Ostreim proved he was a cut above as he supplied the Stags with the event's gold standard (1:58.66). Andrew Smith-Jones and Mike Reilly represented the Bulldogs and took second and third with respective times of 2:04.70 and 2:06.24.

Women's 500 Freestyle
The Athena distance group continued to dazzle as Brashier engineered a Claremont-Mudd-Scripps sweep of the 500 freestyle. Brashier tapped in at 5:14.98 for first while Peebles stopped the clock second (5:17.64) and Dawson finished third (5:19.63).

Men's 500 Freestyle
Kersten stayed with Alders for the first 200 of the 500 freestyle, but Alders kicked it into high gear from that point on and won with a 4:52.56 time. Kersten slipped under the five-minute barrier (4:59.12) while Stephen Andron and Brian Li upset the Bulldogs by tying for third.

Women's 200 Breaststroke
There was little doubt before the start of the women's 200 breaststroke that Perizzolo, a 2008 All-American in the event, would win. Perizzolo eliminated any shred of uncertainty about the race's outcome at the 100 mark when she turned at 1:09.12. Staying strong the rest of the way, she finished the race in 2:23.29, which earned her an NCAA "B" qualifying time and a pool record. Her mark bettered Cal Baptist University's Arienne Gachupin's 2004 record time of 2:24.09. Nakamura swam a solid 2:29.23 and placed second while her teammate, Kelley Cooper, took third (2:32.59).

Men's 200 Breaststroke
Much like his teammate Perizzolo, Pai entered the 200 breaststroke as a heavy favorite. He churned out splits of 28.69, 32.12, 32.53 and 32.69 to win the event in 2:06.03. His swim also cleared the NCAA "B" qualifying standard and broke Cole Grim of UC Santa Cruz's 2005 pool record of 2:12.28. Toohey claimed second in the event (2:14.94) while Houser rounded out the top three finishers with a 2:20.33 time.

Women's 400 Freestyle Relay
The Athenas stamped their win with an exclamation point as Peebles, Dawson, Rinker and Stewart combined for a 3:42.95 thrashing of the 400 freestyle competition. The Redlands "B" contingent finished second while the Redlands "A" grouping outtouched the Claremont-Mudd-Scripps "B" relay by .01 for third (3:53.63).

Men's 400 Freestyle Relay
With the meet already in hand, the Stags could have called off the dogs on the final event of the meet. Instead, they pitted a formidable relay against Redlands' grouping of heralded sprinters and provided a memorable race. Harp led off the relay with a 47.55 time, which gave the Bulldogs a lead of just less than a second over the Stags. Olds dove in and cranked out a 47.55 split, which bested McNerney's 48.36 and gave Redlands a 1.5-second advantage heading into the third leg. Kristensen gained ground on Redlands' Steven Zarian as Kristensen clocked a 46.89 to Zarian's 48.76. Claremont-Mudd-Scripps held the advantage heading into the last leg as Terzic and Sloat went head-to-head for sprinting bragging rights. Terzic gained ground and stayed even with Sloat heading into the final turn, and he broke away from Sloat as he made his final approach, splitting a quick 46.02 time.

Redlands' 3:09.88 time shattered the former Thompson Aquatic Center record of 3:14.73, which a Bulldog relay set two years prior.

The Claremont-Mudd-Scripps men and women moved to 7-2 (7-0 SCIAC) on the year while the Redlands women fell to 5-3 (5-2 SCIAC) and the Bulldog men dropped to 6-2 (6-1 SCIAC).

Both teams meet again at the SCIAC Championship meet, which takes place from Feb. 12-14 at the Belmont Plaza in Long Beach, Calif.

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