Women’s swim tops Trinity, Men’s suffer defeat

by | Jan 27, 2016 | Editorial, Sports

Men’s                                    Women’s

UR 89-173 Trinity               UR 147-111 Trinity

The Bulldogs’ swimming and diving squad squared off in an out-of-conference matchup against the Tigers of Trinity University. After three hours of heats and finals, the Lady Bulldogs were able to notch a victory, outscoring the Trinity women on an aggregate score of 147-111. However, the men were not as fortunate in their endeavors, as the Tigers dominated that matchup 173-89.

The first event hinted that the swim meet would be a close one, with Trinity winning the men’s 200 yard medley relay with less than half a second between their Redlands opponents. With four of the five teams finishing the race within one second of each other, and the Tigers took 1st and 3rd place while the Bulldogs finished 2nd, 4th, and 5th. The Lady Bulldogs were able to win the same race by a considerable amount, topping the Tigers by more than three and a half seconds.

An impressive effort by Trinity’s men saw them take 1st, 2nd, and 3rd in the next event, with winner Andrew Thiesse besting Redlands’ frontrunner (class) Brian Wright by three seconds in the 200 yard freestyle. It was one of Thiesse’s three wins in the meet; he also won the 200 yard backstroke and the 400 individual medley.

The Bulldogs came back however, and took first and second place in the 100 yard backstroke. Junior Will Tyrrell and freshman Joe Widuch, finishing in that order, were able to take the top spots in the seven-man race that featured four Bulldogs. Freshman Kate Canfield took first in the same event for the women’s side, giving the Bulldogs the gold in both races.

Unfortunately, the Bulldog men were only able to win two of the final 11 races after the 100 yard backstroke event. Sophomore Brian Wright had the fastest time in the 200 yard breaststroke, and sophomore Henry Stuckenschmidt was able to pace himself and win the  1650 yard marathon freestyle race, the last event of the day for the men.

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The women’s side was victorious once again this season, and scored their second highest point total of the year, below the 206 points achieved against CalTech. The Lady Bulldogs were led by junior Ellie Jaques, who won four events in the meet, three individually (200 Free, 200 Breast, & 400 IM) and the 200 yard medley as a member of a team. Canfield won three events, as well as junior Jessica Rivers.

The meet was Redlands’ last non-conference meet of the season, and the Bulldogs will try to climb up the standings in the SCIAC Saturday against the Kingsmen of Cal Lutheran, whose men’s team has a record of 3-3 and a women’s record of 1-5 in SCIAC play.

[Photo courtesy of Sky Ung, Redlands Bulldog photographer]

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