Athletics Wrap-Up: Winter Recap

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The men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams concluded the 2017 Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SCIAC) Championships in fine fashion as each team finished third in the standings. Among the teams’ 11 All-SCIAC honorees, senior Ellie Jaques was named the SCIAC Women’s Swimming and Diving Athlete of the Year. After winning two individual conference titles, she went on to become a two-time Honorable Mention All-American at the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Championships as Redlands’ sole representative at the national meet. In addition, freshman Jacob Miner, senior Jessica Kolsky, and freshman Sami Scarano competed in the one-meter and three-meter diving events at the NCAA Regional Championships.

Bulldog men’s basketball finished the 2016–17 campaign with an 8–17 overall record and a 4–12 conference mark that culminated in an 87–75 win over the Pomona-Pitzer Colleges in the final game of the regular season. Sophomore guard Trevor Baker landed on the All-SCIAC Second Team for his impressive contributions during his first year with the Maroon and Grey. Baker’s biggest game of the year came on the road in January against Cal Lutheran University as he converted 10 of his 16 shots that included six buckets from downtown en route to a 33-point night.

Redlands women’s basketball qualified for its 10th-consecutive SCIAC Postseason Tournament this year. One of the team’s highlights came in an avenging win over Claremont-Mudd-Scripps that included a career-high 22 points from freshman guard Mariana Ecija. Upon conclusion of the season, senior guard Jade Cheldelin and junior forward Reyna Ta’amu were tabbed First-Team All-Conference selections. The University of Redlands was one of two schools to garner two First-Team selections in women’s basketball this year. The Bulldogs posted an overall record of 14–12 to go along with an 11–5 mark in SCIAC.

Coaching milestone

Head Swimming and Diving Coach Leslie Whittemore notched her 100th men’s dual-meet victory for another impressive milestone in her outstanding career at Redlands during the Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SCIAC) meet against Whittier College in January. The men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams came out on top with the men prevailing by a score of 145–89, while the women registered a 137–103 win.

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