The Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference's (SCIAC) top swimmers and divers continued to turn in stellar performances on day three of the four-day NCAA Division III Swimming & Diving Championships (including a national title) hosted by Indiana College and Indiana Sports Corporation at the Indiana University Natatorium. NCAA Championship action resumes Saturday at 8 a.m. PST with the final session taking place at 3 p.m. PST.
After three days of swimming and diving, the Pomona-Pitzer men's team is currently sitting in seventh place in the field of 49 scoring teams, followed by Claremont-Mudd-Scripps (CMS) in a tie for 22nd place with 27 points, Occidental in a tie for 29th place (17 points), Cal Lutheran in 35th place (14 points), and Caltech in 46th place with 3 points.
Leading the women's teams is Pomona-Pitzer in eighth place with 118 point, followed by CMS in 16th with 34 points. Cal Lutheran is in 32nd place with 7 points, while Whittier is in a three-way tie for 45th with two points in the field of 47 scoring institutions.
Friday's morning session began with the preliminaries of the men's 200-yard butterfly as Andreas Nybo of Cal Lutheran advanced to the championship finals in the event after notching a time of 1:48.48. Occidental's Austin Lashley moved into the consolation final after clocking a time of 1:49.29. In the finals, Nybo placed seventh overall with a time of 1:48.28 and garnered All-American honors, while Lashley logged a time of 1:50.10 in the consolation final.
Pomona-Pitzer's Samuel To advanced into the consolation finals of the 100-yard backstroke after securing a time of 49.37 in the prelims. In the consolation final of the race, To clocked a time of 49.51.
Lukas Menkhoff finished first in the 100-yard breaststroke prelims with a time of 54.42. Tom Gallup and Nybo advanced to the consolation finals of the event after logging respective times of 55.32 and 55.76. Menkhoff was later crowned the national champion in the event after clocking a sizzling time of 53.39 in the event to also garner him All-American honors. Gallup posted a time of 55.77 and Nybo followed with a time of 55.90 in the consolation finals of the event.
On the men's 1-meter diving board, Kendall Hollimon of CMS posted a score of 448.25 in the prelims, and followed with a seventh place, All-American showing in the championship final, with a score of 443.55.
The Pomona-Pitzer men's 800-yard freestyle relay team finished 11th overall, logging a time of 6:42.62 in the consolation final of the event.
On the women's side, Sarah Jin and Angela Ling of Pomona-Pitzer powered through to the championship finals of the 100-yard backstroke after earning respective times of 55.84 and 56.23. Whittier's Brooke Geske claimed a spot in the consolation final after notching a time of 56.46. In the championship final, Ling edged Jin for fifth place as the pair notched All-American times of 55.45 and 55.93 respectively. Geske finished the consolation race with a time of 56.73.
CMS's Claire Bacon-Brenes glided to a time of 1:03.88 in the 100-yard breaststroke to seal her slot in the consolation finals of the event. She then surged to a time of 1:03.86 in the consolation final of the event.
Competing during Friday's preliminaries but not advancing to the evening session on the men's side were Henry Limm of CMS who posted a time of 1:52.02 in the 200-yard butterfly, while Sagehens' teammates Kundu Nikhil and Ryan Drover featured in the prelims of the 100-yard backstroke and turned in times of 49.89 and 50.21 respectively. The Stags' Sam Willett clocked a time of 57.58 in the prelims of the 100-yard breaststroke.
Participating in Friday's preliminaries on the women's side were Brittany Percin of Caltech and Sabrina Kwan of Pomona-Pitzer who each swam the 200-yard butterfly and clocked respective times of 2:07.40 and 2:07.61. Jocelyn Crawford of CMS (56.49) and Grace Sanchez of Cal Lutheran (1:00.19) swam the prelims of the 100-yard backstroke, while the Athenas' Bryn Edwards (1:04.65) and Pomona-Pitzer's Mackenzie Cummings (1:04.70) competed in the 100-yard breaststroke.
CMS's 800-yard freestyle relay squad also competed and narrowly missed out on the consolation finals after registering a time of 7:38.75.