The Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference's (SCIAC) top swimmers and divers concluded action at the four-day NCAA Division III Swimming & Diving Championships Saturday hosted by Indiana College and Indiana Sports Corporation at the Indiana University Natatorium.
After four days of stellar competition Pomona-Pitzer was the highest finishing men's team from the SCIAC with a combined score of 192 which placed the Sagehens eighth overall in the field of 53 scoring teams. Pomona-Pitzer finished just six points behind seventh place Tufts, and five points ahead of Washington University (Mo.). Claremont-Mudd-Scripps (CMS) was the next highest finisher with 27 points and placing in a three-way tie for 25th overall, while Occidental finished in a tie for 33rd with 18 points. Cal Lutheran (38th place) and Caltech (tied for 49th place) rounded out the scoring SCIAC teams at the four-day meet with 14 and 3 points respectively.
On the women's side, Pomona-Pitzer finished ninth overall and first amongst conference teams with 135 total points, 22 points ahead of NYU in 10th and 23 points behind eighth place Amherst. CMS was the next highest team to finish for the SCIAC with 34 points in 19th place, while Cal Lutheran placed in a three-way tie for 34th (9 points), and Whittier tied for 48th overall with two points in the field of 51 scoring teams.
Lukas Menkhoff of Pomona-Pitzer advanced to the consolation final of the 100-yard freestyle after gliding to a time of 44.93 in the preliminaries. In the consolation final, he clocked a top time of 44.22.
In the 200-yard backstroke prelims, the Sagehens' Liam O'Shea qualified for the consolation finals after posting a mark of 1:49.06, and then secured a time of 1:49.07 during the evening session.
The Pomona-Pitzer 400-yard freestyle relay earned a spot in the championship final securing a time of 3:00.39 in the prelims. The Sagehens touched third in the final of the race with a time of 2:59.08 and earned All-American honors.
Madison Kauahi of Pomona-Pitzer and Grace Sanchez of Cal Lutheran each earned a spot in Saturday's consolation finals of the 100-yard freestyle after clocking respective times of 51.07 and 51.34 in the prelims. In the evening session, Kauahi posted a time of 51.11, while Sanchez followed with a time of 51.55.
The CMS 400-yard freestyle relay squad and the Sagehens' 400-yard freestyle quartet advanced to the consolation final after clocking respective times of 3:27.47 and 3:27.75. In the evening, Pomona-Pitzer powered to a time of 3:27.10 to conclude action at the 2018 NCAA Championships.
Swimming in Saturday's preliminaries but not advancing to the evening session were Pomona-Pitzer's Mark Hallman and Ryan Drover who clocked times of 45.26 and 45.82 in the 100-yard freestyle. CMS's Sam Willett competed in the prelims of the 200-yard backstroke and turned in a mark of 1:50.99, while Tom Gallup of Caltech registered a time of 2:04.24 in the prelims of the 200-yard breaststroke. In the 1650-yard freestyle, Cal Lutheran's Benjamin Brewer powered to a time of 16:07.51.
Pomona-Pitzer's Hannah Zurmuhl swam the preliminaries of the 100-yard freestyle (52.87), while Sagehens' teammates Sarah Jin (2:04.36) and Angela Ling (2:05.95) participated in the 200-yard backstroke prelims. Mackenzie Cummings of Pomona-Pitzer and Claire Bacon-Brenes of CMS added respective times of 2:22.01 and 2:22.78 in the 200-yard breaststroke. Athenas' teammate Maia Presti posted a score of 370.80 on the 3-meter diving board. CMS's Mia Syme notched a time of 17:19.59 in the 1650-yard freestyle.