Crewe makes history, wins 100 back title

Will Crewe pushes backward off the wall into the pool.
William Crewe (photo by Larry Newman)

COMMERCE, Calif. – Junior William Crewe made history as Chapman's first male swimmer to claim a SCIAC title in an individual event. Crewe won the 100 back to highlight the third day of the SCIAC Championships for the Chapman University swimming & diving teams.

Two years ago, Crewe became Chapman's first male to reach the podium with a third-place finish in the 100 back. He further made history when he swam a school record time of 49.96 to win the event by the slimmest of margins. He was just one on-hundredth of a second ahead of CMS's Anderson Breazeale. He became just the third Panther to win a SCIAC title, joining Julie Case and diver Kellyn Toole.

Crewe's top finish helped keep the Panthers' men's team in seventh place with 188 points. The women's team remained in third with 367 points heading into the final day.

Sophomore William Cho added to the point total with a 10th place finish in the 400 IM, coming in at 4:08.77 to win the consolation final. Senior Dominic DelliQuadri also took 18th in the 200 free with a 1:45.24.

Cho wasn't the only Panther to win a consolation final in the 400 IM. The women's 400 IM was riddled with four Panthers on the blocks for the consolation final. One-half of a second separated the top-2 Chapman finishers in a 1-2 finish in the heat with both surpassing the previous school record. Junior Gillian Logan was first to the wall with a 4:38.99 and freshman Hannah Parulan was next with a 4:39.46. Freshman Ella McShane took 14th overall in the event and junior Carina Laukaitis finished in 16th.

Two more Panthers reached the championship finals of their respective events. Senior Molly Davis took eighth in the 200 free with a 1:54.82 and sophomore Kealani Tanizaki-Hudson finished ninth in the 50 free.

Freshman Charlene Chai made two different consolation finals to bring in some points for Chapman, placing 14th in the 50 free and 18th in the 100 back.

Both the men and women can equal their best respective finishes at the SCIAC Championships if they can hold their current team positions through the final day. The SCIAC Championships conclude tomorrow with the 1650 free, 200 back, 100 free, 200 breast, 200 fly and 400 free relay.