WHITTIER, Calif. — When one thinks of an athlete thoroughly dominating an individual event, Michael Phelps or even Usain Bolt of track and field may come to mind.
Others need to look no further than the University of La Verne swimming and diving team, where senior Maddie Lovrensky ended her SCIAC career undefeated in all backstroke events in which she's competed.
On Sunday, Lovrensky completed her four-year career sweep with a dominant win in the 200 yard backstroke at the 2015 SCIAC Swimming and Diving Championships and was named the Female Athlete of the Year for the second year in a row.
The 200 backstroke was a typical Lovrensky performance. After three relays and two championships races in the first three days of the competition, the senior All-American dug deep to get out to a big lead in the first 100 and cruised to an easy win for her third gold of the championships.
She won the 50 freestyle on Friday and defended the 100 backstroke title last night.
Lovrensky will now turn her attention to the 2015 NCAA National Championships where she will look to add to her already massive legacy.
Through the SCIAC Championships, Lovrensky owns the school records in: The 50 freestyle, the 200 freestyle, the 100 backstroke, the 200 backstroke and the 200 individual medley. She was also a member of the record-setting 800 freestyle relay, 200 medley relay and 400 medley relay teams.
A total of 10 Leopards made it to the evening finals on Sunday.
Melanie Consiglio and Daniel Carpenter broke school records in the men's and the women's 100 freestyle, respectively, while winning the consolation finals of their events. Consiglio touched the wall at 53.40 and Carpenter registered a time of 46.08 seconds.
Jarrett Peterson came in fourth in the 200 backstroke at 1:54.79.
Karla Fuertez and Tyler Bennett had good showings in the mile. Fuertez finished 14th in the women's event with a time of 18:27.61 and Bennett went 17:40.92 to finish 19th in the men's competition.
Scott MacKay finished fifth on the 1-meter diving with a total score of 475.50.
The women's 400 freestyle A relay team finished fourth and the men's A team finished seventh.
New School Records Set at the 2015 SCIAC Championships
Women's 200 Yard Medley Relay: Maddie Lovrensky-Jacqueline Rojas-Krislyn Cha-Melanie Consiglio (1:46.05)
Women's 800 Yard Freestyle Relay: Maddie Lovrensky-Karla Fuertez-Krislyn Cha-Melanie Consiglio (7:50.41)
Women's 200 Yard Freestyle: Maddie Lovrensky (1:54.81)
Men's 3-Meter Diving: Scott MacKay (561.65)
Women's 50 Yard Freestyle: Maddie Lovrensky (23.62)
Men's 50 Yard Freestyle: Daniel Carpenter (20.79)
Women's 400 Yard Individual Medley: Krislyn Cha (4:49.87)
Women's 100 Yard Backstroke: Maddie Lovrensky (55.49)
Women's 100 Yard Breaststroke: Jacqueline Rojas (1:06.07)
Women's 100 Yard Freestyle: Melanie Consiglio (53.40)
Men's 100 Yard Freestyle: Daniel Carpenter (46.08)