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SCIAC Men's and Women's Swimming Championships - Day 3 Recap

SCIAC Men's and Women's Swimming Championships - Day 3 Recap

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Day three of the 2019 Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SCIAC) Men's and Women's Swimming Championships took place Saturday, February 23 at the Brenda Villa Aquatic Center in Commerce, Calif. with the 400-yard individual medley, the 100-yard butterfly, the 200-yard freestyle, the 100-yard breaststroke, the 100-yard backstroke and the 400-yard medley relay. 

After three days of swimming championships, Pomona-Pitzer leads the men's field of nine teams with a score of 783.5, followed by Claremont-Mudd-Scripps (CMS) with 647.5 and Redlands (380). California Lutheran (316.5) finished fourth, Occidental placed fifth (313) and Caltech finished sixth (298). Chapman (210.5), La Verne (144) and Whittier (93) rounded out the seventh-ninth spots. 

On the women's side, Pomona-Pitzer leads the nine-team field with 791 points, followed by CMS with 759, and Occidental with 345. Just behind the Tigers in fourth is Redlands with 343, while Chapman is fifth with 297, and Caltech in sixht with 280. Cal Lutheran and Whittier follow with 210 and 190 points respectively, while La Verne is ninth 167 points. 

The men's 400-yard individual medley saw Pomona-Pitzer's Jason Lu take gold in a time of 3:56.53, while teammate Liam O'Shea was second with a time of 3:57.15. In third was Cal Lutheran's Benjamin Brewer who clocked a time of 3:39.10. 

CMS's Marco Conati was first in the 100-yard butterfly with a new meet record time of 48.39. while Pomona-Pitzer's Ryan Drover placed in the silver position with a time of 49.01. Andreas Nybo of the Kingsmen was third with a time of 49.15. 

The men's 200-yard freestyle featured a top finish by the Sagehens' Will Abele (1:39.18), while Liam McCallum of Cal Lutheran followed with a time of 1:40.17. Sam Ayers of the Bulldogs secured third place honors with mark of 1:41.29. 

The men's 100-yard breaststroke was won by Lukas Menkhoff of Pomona-Pitzer in a time of 54.13, while Tom Gallup of Caltech placed second with a time of 55.39. Teddy Koerner of the Sagehens came in third with a time of 56.18. 

Nikhil Kundu of Pomona-Pitzer powered to a top time of 50.54 in the men's 100-yard backstroke, while Dave Makhervaks of the Stags was second with a time of 50.79. Drover logged a time of 50.92 to round out the top three in the event. 

Pomona-Pitzer won the men's 400-yard medley relay as Kundu, Menkhoff, Drover and Abele swam to a mark of 3:20.56. CMS was second as Makhervaks, Aaron Lutzker, Conati and Daniel Hayon etched a time of 3:20.78. The Beavers finished third as Andy Rothstein, Gallup, Henry Steiner, and Alex Janosi posted a time of 3:21.76. 

In the women's 400-yard IM, Augusta Lewis of CMS won the event with a new meet and SCIAC record time of 4:23.43, while Athenas' teammate Natalie Larsen followed in second with a mark of 4:31.96. Anna Newman of Pomona-Pitzer was third in the race with a time of 4:36.99.  

Ava Sealander of CMS won the women's 100-yard butterfly with a new meet record time of 55.54, while Madison Kauahi of the Sagehens was second with a mark of 55.74. Wendy McAleer of Redlands came in third with a time of 55.94. 

The women's 200-yard freestyle saw Brittany Percin of Caltech touch the wall first in a time of 1:51.99, while Riley Hoffman of CMS notched a second place finish in a time of 1:52.57 just ahead of teammate Natalia Orbach-Mandel (1:52.73). 

The women's 100-yard breaststroke saw Pomona-Pitzer's Mackenzie Cummings clock a time of 1:04.53, while Bryn Edwards and Claire Bacon-Brenes of CMS placed second and third with respective times of 1:04.84 and 1:05.04. 

Pomona-Pitzer swept the All-SCIAC spots in the women's 100-yard backstroke as Angela Ling won the event with a time of 55.69. Sarah Jin followed (56.17), while Allison Liu glided to third place in a time of 57.20. 

The Sagehens' women's 400-yard medley relay squad of Jin, Cummings, Kauahi and Kate Denend won the event with a time of 3:48.32. CMS's quartet of Lewis, Edwards, Sealander and Orbach-Mandel was second (3:49.90), while Caltech's Danica Adams, Isabel Swafford, Gemma Takahashi, and Percin were third with a time of 3:54.05. 

Action at the 2019 SCIAC Men's and Women's Swimming & Diving Championships will conclude Sunday, February 24 with the 1650-yard freestyle, the 200-yard backstroke, the 100-yard freestyle, 200-yard breaststroke, the 200-yard butterfly and the 400-yard freestyle relay.