The Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference's (SCIAC) top swimmers and divers continued to turn in stellar performances on day two of the four-day NCAA Division III Swimming & Diving Championships hosted by Indiana College and Indiana Sports Corporation at the Indiana University Natatorium. NCAA Championship action resumes Friday at 8 a.m. PST.
On the men's side, Pomona-Pitzer is currently ranked sixth in the field of 41 teams that have registered team scores so far. The Sagehens sit just seven points behind fifth place MIT. Occidental is currently in a three-way tie for 24th overall with 16 points, while Claremont-Mudd-Scripps (CMS) is tied for 27th with 15 points.
Pomona-Pitzer is the top SCIAC team on the women's side as the Sagehens presently rank seventh overall with 91 points - 12 points shy of sixth place MIT (103). CMS currently owns 31 points and is in 16th place, while Cal Lutheran ranks 28th in the field of 41 teams that scored so far with seven points.
On day two, the Pomona-Pitzer men's 200-yard freestyle relay team qualified for the championship final after clocking a time of 1:21.47 in the prelims. The Sagehens followed with a fourth place mark in the finals, earning All-American honors with a time of 1:20.82.
Austin Lashley of Occidental turned in a tremendous preliminary race in the 100-yard butterfly, touching the wall first in a time of 47.88 to seal his spot in the championship final. In the evening session, Lashley clocked a time of 48.28 to seal third place overall and earn All-American praise.
Pomona-Pitzer's Mark Hallman edged his way into the championship final in the 200-yard freestyle after out-reaching Michael Wohl of Johns Hopkins with a mark of 1:38.39. Hallman turned in another eighth place effort Thursday evening, powering to a time of 1:38.95 and All-American laurels.
The Sagehens' 400-yard medley relay quartet will also return for the night session after gliding to a third place finish and a time of 3:16.75 in the preliminaries. The tandem maintained its third place status in the championship final post a time of 3:15.30 to clinch All-American honors.
On the women's side, Pomona-Pitzer's 200-yard freestyle relay team qualified for the championship final after recording a time of 1:33.98 during the morning session. CMS qualified for the consolation finals after posting a mark of 1:35.24. The Sagehens posted a fifth place time of 1:34.10 in the finals and earned All-American accolades, while the Athenas won the consolation swim with a time of 1:33.87.
The Sagehens' 400-yard medley relay squad appeared in the championship final after staking a time of 3:46.78 in the prelims. CMS joined its Sixth Street rival Thursday night, but in the consolation final as the Athenas advanced with a time of 3:48.97. In the final, Pomona-Pitzer claimed sixth place and All-American status with a time of 3:46.35, while the Athenas posted a time of 3:51.23 in the consolation final.
Also competing on Thursday in the preliminaries but not advancing to the evening session was Pomona-Pitzer's Liam O'Shea who narrowly missed qualification for the consolation finals in the 400-yard IM after clocking a time of 3:59.00 in the event. Henry Limm of CMS also swam the race and posted a time of 4:03.06, while Cal Lutheran's Benjamin Brewer added a mark of 4:10.31.
In the 100-yard butterfly, the Sagehens' Ryan Drover and Samuel To notched respective times of 49.30 and 49.41.
For the women, Pomona-Pitzer's Angela Ling clocked a time of 57.80 in the 100-yard butterfly prelims, while CMS's Claire Bacon-Brenes added a mark of 1:01.92 in the race.
Caltech's Brittany Percin registered a time of 1:52.13 in the 200-yard freestyle preliminaries, while Madison Kauahi glided to a time of 1:54.71 for the Sagehens. The Athenas' Mia Syme rounded out the SCIAC trio in the event with a time of 1:58.47.
On the 1-meter diving board, CMS's Maia Presti earned a score of 375.45 in the preliminary round of dives.