The Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SCIAC) had a strong showing on day one of the 2019 NCAA Division III Men's and Women's Swimming & Diving Championships in Greensboro, N.C. at the Greensboro Aquatic Center.
After day one of preliminaries and finals, Pomona-Pitzer's men's team is the lone SCIAC team to post a team score (30) and is currently tied for ninth place. The Sagehens' women's team is in eighth after day one with 37 points, while Claremont-Mudd-Scripps (CMS) is tied for 25th overall with nine points.
In the women's 500-yard freestyle, Mia Syme of CMS swam to a time of 4:59.22 and finished 18th overall.
In the men's 500-yard freestyle, George Abele and Paddy Baylis of Pomona-Pitzer finished 10th and 11th with respective times of 4:28.87 and 4:30.80 and advanced to the consolation championship. California Lutheran's Ben Brewer (4:34.82), and the Sagehens' Archie Spindler (4:37.26) placed 22nd and 30th respectively in the preliminaries.
The women's 200-yard individual medley saw CMS's Augusta Lewis power to a 15th place time of 2:05.54 which landed her a spot in the consolation finals of the race. Sarah Jin of Pomona-Pitzer clocked a 41st time of 2:09.49, while teammate Alexandra Werner (2:11.22) and Redlands' Wendy McAleer (2:12.86) followed in 44th and 45th places.
Jason Lu of Pomona-Pitzer led the SCIAC in the men's 200-yard IM, narrowly missing qualifying for the finals as an alternate. He secured a time of 1:50.88 and finished 19th overall. Andreas Nybo of Cal Lutheran glided to a 27th place finish in a time of 1:52.29.
The 50-yard freestyle featured Hannah Zurmuhl of the Sagehens and Jocelyn Crawford of the Athenas who each notched consolation finals times of 23.39 and 23.45 respectively to finish ninth and 12th in the race. Madison Kauahi of Pomona-Pitzer (23.90), Grace Sanchez of the Regals (23.93), and Ava Sealander of CMS (24.12), tabbed 40th, 42nd, and 48th place finishes.
The preliminaries of the men's 50-yard freestyle saw the Sagehens' Lukas Menkhoff clock a time of 20.70 to tie for 23rd overall. Macro Conati of CMS (21.62), and Tom Gallup of Caltech (21.82) finished 53rd and 56th overall.
Highlighting the 200-yard medley relay was the Sagehens' quartet of Angela Ling, Mackenzie Cummings, Allison Liu and Zurmuhl which powered to a third place mark of 1:42.70 in the race, securing a spot in the championship finals. The Athenas' combination of Crawford, Bryn Edwards, Janet Tran and Natalia Orbach-Mandel secured a place in the consolation finals with a 15th place time of 1:44.98.
Pomona-Pitzer's men's 200-yard medley relay squad finished 13th and earned a spot in the consolation finals. The tandem of Nikhil Kundu, Menkhoff, Ryan Drover, and Nicholas Browsky clocked a time of 1:30.71 in the event.
On the women's 3-meter diving board, Chapman's Kellyn Toole finished 24th with a score of 358.85, while Whittier's Megan Thai was 26th with a mark of 355.05.
The finals of the men's 500-yard freestyle saw Abele clock a time of 4:28.86, while Baylis added a time of 4:29.84 to finish 10th and 12th in the event.
In the women's 200-yard IM, Lewis placed 12th with a time of 2:04.78, while Zurmuhl and Crawford finished 10th and 15th in the 50-yard freestyle with respective times of 23.40. and 23.68.
The Sagehens' 200-yard medley relay team of Ling, Cummings, Liu and Zurmuhl added an All-American finish (fourth) with a time of 1:42.12, while the CMS team of Crawford, Edwards, Tran and Orbach-Mandel finished 16th with a time of 1:45.36.
Pomona-Pitzer's quartet of Kundu, Menkhoff, Drover, and Browsky won the consolation final with a time of 1:29.59 in the 200-yard medley relay.