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

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

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Men's and Women's swimmers and divers shined for the Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SCIAC) on day one of the 2018 NCAA Division III Championships hosted by Indiana College and Indiana Sports Corporation at the Indiana University Natatorium. NCAA Championship action resumes Thursday at 8 a.m. PST.

After one day of action, Pomona-Pitzer is currently ranked ninth on the men's side in the team standings with 38 points, while Claremont-Mudd-Scripps (CMS) is ranked 16th with 15 points. For the women's teams, the Sagehens are currently ranked seventh with 37 points, followed in 15th by the Athenas (9 points) and Cal Lutheran in 17th with seven points. 

On the men's side, Samuel To featured for Pomona-Pitzer on day one of the NCAA Championships in the 200-yard individual medley. To glided to a time of 1:49.03 in the prelims before securing All-American honors with a time of 1:50.75 and an eighth place finish in the finals of the event. 

The Sagehens' 200-yard medley relay squad also qualified for Wednesday's championship final as the quartet secured a time of 1:29.79 in the prelims and followed with an eighth place finish in a time of 1:29.33 earning the team All-American status. 

On the 3-meter diving board, CMS's Kendall Hollimon qualified for the championship finals after securing 507.75 points in the prelims. He then placed fourth overall to earn All-America praise after totaling 518.45 points in the finals. 

Pomona-Pitzer's Mark Hallman advanced to the 500-yard freestyle consolation finals after clocking a time of 4:29.73 in the prelims on Wednesday morning, and then powered to a seventh place finish in the consolation finals Wednesday evening with a time of 4:30.50. Teammate Lukas Menkhoff swam to 10th place in the prelims of the 50-yard freestyle (20.43) to earn a spot in the consolation finals, and improved on that mark with a time of 20.42 to finish the consolation finals in a three-way tie for fifth place. 

On the women's side, Madison Kauahi of Pomona-Pitzer propelled her way to a spot in the championship finals of the 50-yard freestyle after posting a fifth place mark of 23.11 in the prelims of the event. She then glided to eighth place and earned All-American laurels in the championship finals of the event, registering a time of 23.37. Cal Lutheran's Grace Sanchez also swam in the event and earned consolation finals qualification after posting a prelim mark of 23.44. She then added a time of 23.48 to take second place honors in the consolation finals of the race.  

The Sagehens' 200-yard medley squad also punched a ticket to the championship finals after powering its way to a fourth place time of 1:42.46 in the preliminaries. The four collected All-American honors following a sixth place finish with a time of 1:42.98 in the finals of the event. 

Also representing the SCIAC in the preliminaries but not advancing to finals on the men's side was Cal Lutheran's Benjamin Brewer who clocked a prelim time of 4:31.73 in the 500-yard freestyle and finished three spots off the consolation finals. Tom Gallup of Caltech featured in the prelims of the 50-yard freestyle and posted a time of 21.88. 

Three swimmers also competed in the preliminaries of the 200-yard individual medley including Pomona-Pitzer's Liam O'Shea (1:51.33), the Kingsmen's Andreas Nybo (1:51.36), and Sam Willett of CMS (1:52.49). 

The SCIAC also saw Mia Syme of CMS and Brittany Percin of Caltech compete in the preliminaries of the women's 500-yard freestyle as the pair notched respective times of 5:05.84 and 5:09.44. 

A pair Sagehens swam in the prelims of the 200-yard IM as Sarah Jin and Mackenzie Cummings recorded times of 2:07.61 and 2:08.76 respectively. Hannah Zurmuhl of Pomona-Pitzer, and Brooke Geske of Whittier were on display in the 50-yard freestyle preliminaries, logging respective times of 23.79 and 24.29. 

The Athenas' 200-yard medley relay squad competed in the preliminaries of the event and narrowly missed out on the consolation finals after posting a time of 1:45.60 on Wednesday morning.