SCIAC Men's and Women's Swimming & Diving Championships Day 1 Recap

SCIAC Men's and Women's Swimming & Diving Championships Day 1 Recap

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After day one of the 2018 Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SCIAC) Men's and Women's Swimming & Diving Championships, Redlands leads the field on the men's side, while Pomona-Pitzer and Claremont-Mudd-Scripps (CMS) are tied for first on the women's side. 

On the men's side, the Bulldogs totaled 148 points to narrowly hold a lead over CMS (146 points), and are six points ahead of Pomona-Pitzer (142). Caltech edged Chapman for fourth as the schools registered 92 and 90 points respectively, while Cal Lutheran came in sixth with 82 points. Whittier narrowly edged Occidental for seventh as the teams posted 58 and 56 points, while La Verne finished with 50 points after day one. 

The Sagehens and Athenas led the women's field with 118 points each, while Chapman and Redlands placed third and fourth with 92 and 88 points respectively. Occidental was fifth with 82 points, followed by Cal Lutheran in sixth with 72. La Verne (70), Whittier (66) and Caltech (60) secured seventh, eighth and ninth place. 

The diving portion of the competition began Wednesday morning with preliminaries and finals for the men's 3-meter board, and the preliminaries of the women's 1-meter dive. Kendall Hollimon of CMS registered his second straight SCIAC championship in the event carding a score of 616.80. Jacob Miner of Redlands followed in second with a mark of 524.55, while Pomona-Pitzer's Bilguun Altantulkhuur finished third with a score of 480.95. 

The men's 200-yard medley relay saw the Pomona-Pitzer quartet of Nikhil Kundu, Lukas Menkhoff, Ryan Drover, and Adrian Hui clock a new meet and SCIAC record of 1:29.49. The group of Dave Makhervaks, Tyler Welty, Jackson Crewe, and Patricio Madero of CMS finished second with a time of 1:32.32. In third place was the Caltech tandem of Andy Rothstein, Tom Gallup, Henry Steiner, and Jonathan Willett who finished with a time of 1:32.79.

The Sagehens set another meet and SCIAC record in the women's 200-yard medley relay as Angela Ling, Mackenzie Cummings, Alex Seidel, and Madison Kauahi touched the wall in a time of 1:42.33. The Athenas followed in a time of 1:44.84 behind the powerful swimming of Jocelyn Crawford, Claire Bacon-Brenes, Janet Tran, and Natalia Orbach-Mandel. In third, Whittier's quartet of Lexi Mauldin, Alexa Melara, Esther Choe, and Brooke Geske glided to a time of 1:48.14. 

Records continued to fall in the men's 800-yard freestyle relay as the tandem of Will Abele, Samuel To, Liam O'Shea and Mark Hallman of Pomona-Pitzer set a new meet record with a time of 6:40.53. In second was Cal Lutheran as Zach Zamecki, Jonah Hobbs, Liam McCallum, and Andreas Nybo touched the wall in a time of 6:48.01. Finishing just behind the Kingsmen was CMS as Andreas Roeseler, Ben Culberson, Grant Murray, and Crewe led the Stags to a time of 6:48.15. 

In the evening's final swimming event, CMS's 800-yard freestyle relay combination of Janet Tran, Mia Syme, Riley Hoffman, and Elizabeth Carrade clocked a time of 7:36.40 to set a new meet record. Pomona-Pitzer finished second as the team of Vee Vanderpoel, Katherine Lauerman, Anna Newman, and Kirsten Mortimer powered to a mark of 7:43.17. In third was the Chapman combination of Molly Davis, Teresa Gerhold, Carina Laukaitis, and Joanna Spyrou which notched a time of 7:49.86. 

Action in the 2018 Swimming & Diving Championships resumes Thursday, February 22 with preliminaries in the 500-yard freestyle, 200-yard IM, and 50-yard freestyle beginning at 9:00 a.m.