The 2019 Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SCIAC) Men's and Women's Swimming Championships are set for Thursday-Sunday, February 21-24 at the Brenda Villa Aquatic Center in Commerce, Calif.
Pomona-Pitzer's men's team enters the four-day swimming portion of the 2019 SCIAC Championships as the defending team champion, notching the program's first-ever title. Claremont-Mudd-Scripps (CMS) is looking for its 11th team championship since 2008, while Redlands secured seven straight championship titles between 2001 and 2007. The Sagehens take to the pool after logging an impressive 8-0 dual-meet record over the course of the 2018-19 campaign, while the Stags followed with a 7-1 overall mark. California Lutheran was third with a 5-2 ledger against league competition.
Since 2001, CMS has had six Athletes of the Year, including Matt Williams, who received the award back-to-back in 2016 and 2017. He was also named the Newcomer of the Year in 2014. The Bulldogs have had seven SCIAC Athletes of the Year, including Tyler Harp who won it four years in a row between 2009 and 2012.
The Pomona-Pitzer women's team also won the team title in 2018 - the program's second in three years having also won the league crown in 2016. Between 2003 and 2015, CMS won 13 conference championships, and won a 14th in 2017. Redlands won the first two championships in 2001 and 2002.
CMS has had eight student-athletes garner SCIAC Athlete of the Year honors with the last coming in 2016, while the Bulldogs have had five student-athletes receive the recognition. Pomona-Pitzer has produced three of the last five SCIAC Newcomers of the Year, while the Athenas' Jocelyn Crawford and Whittier's Brooke Geske notched the award in 2017 and 2018 respectively.
Last Weekend's Diving Results:
Women's 1-meter Dive:
Chapman's Kellyn Toole won the event with a score of 443.20 after placing second a year ago.
Emma van der Veen of Pomona-Pitzer, who finished third on the 1-meter last year, secured silver medal honors with a score of 428.05.
Claremont-Mudd-Scripps's (CMS) Jacquelyn Desmond earned third place after nabbing a mark of 422.90.
Men's 3-meter Dive:
Kendall Hollimon of Claremont-Mudd-Scripps (CMS) won the event for the second time in as many years with a top score of 601.90.
Pomona-Pitzer's Jem Stern followed in second place with a 529.80 finals score, while Jacob Miner of Redland secured the bronze medal with a mark of 475.95 after six finals dives. Miner placed second in the event a year ago.
Women's 3-Meter Dive:
Megan Thai of Whittier won the event with a score of 447.50 after improving by 21.10 points from her preliminary dives.
Van der Veen, who finished second in the 3-meter event last year, secured silver medal honors again with a score of 441.95, while Desmond earned third place after nabbing a mark of 428.70.
Men's 1-meter Dive:
Hollimon won the event for the second time in as many years with a top score of 535.70. Stern followed in second place with a 471.00 finals score, while teammate Benjamin Willett secured the bronze medal with a mark of 467.75 after six finals dives.
The swimming portion of the 2019 SCIAC Championships is set for Thursday, February 1 with the women's and men's 200-meter medley relay set for 6 p.m.