Machida Makes Mark Again

CLU concludes day two in sixth

Katie Kochalko makes the final turn of her 100 butterfly final race as her teammates cheer her on.

Photo: Tracy Maple

LA MIRADA, Calif. – The second day of the 2013 Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SCIAC) Swimming and Diving Championships hosted by Redlands at Splash! La Mirada was similar to day one with Sheyenne Machida earning a top-three finish for Cal Lutheran.

Just as she did yesterday, Machidaadded to the Regals point total by placing third on the one-meter diving boards as she earned a 365.40 on her 11-dive list. Completing the diving sweep and earning the 2013 SCIAC title in the event was Jessica Robson (412.85) from Occidental while second place went to Carmen Lundell (411.15) from Claremont-Mudd-Scripps.

In the championship final of the 400 Individual Medley (IM), defending SCIAC champion Mimi Harbach dropped to fourth place with a time of 4:36.50 after the sophomore qualified for the final as the number two seed, swimming a 4:36.21 this morning.

One day after making her first championship final appearance in the 200 IM, Katie Kochalko earned a trip to the consolation final of the 100 butterfly, nearly breaking a minute with a time of 1:00.11. She inched closer to that in the finals, going a 1:00.09 for 12th place, three spots higher than her seeding.

The consolation final for the 100 breaststroke featured CLU junior Kelli Miller who moved up three spots to finished 12th after lowering her time to 1:08.42. Her morning swim got her into the final as the 15th swimmer in 1:10.24.

Also appearing in a consolation heat tonight was Shelby Brooks who nearly broke the one-minute mark in the 100 backstroke with a time of 1:00.72 to move up to the 10th spot. She entered the evening 13th after a swim of 1:02.39 in preliminaries.

Juliana Rios was the second alternate for the second day in a row. Today she was the 18th finisher in the 100 fly with a time of 1:00.65 after being named the second alternate in the 500 free yesterday. Rios also swam the 200 free on day two, breaking the two-minute mark in 1:59.55, placing 20th.

Karissa Winkler and Alvina Wong were both top-25 finishers in morning heats in the 200 free and 100 breast, respectively. Each placed 24th with times of 2:00.30 and 1:13.33.

The meet concluded with the 800 free relay, swum by Harbach, Rios, Winkler and Kochalko as the quartet combined for a time of 7:55.41, placing fifth.

An early start disqualified the 200 Medley Relay team in the opening event of the evening.

After the second day, Cal Lutheran remains in sixth with 208.5 points behind CMS (659), PP (519), OXY (341), UR (332) and CU (275.5). Rounding out the field are WC (204), ULV (105) and CIT (99).

Competition will culminate on Tuesday, Feb. 18 with preliminaries taking place at 9:00 a.m. followed by championship finals at 4:00 p.m. at Splash! La Mirada. Team award presentations will take place immediately following the event.

Results: Day 2 Finals
Results: Day 2 Preliminaries