The Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SCIAC) continues to excel during day two of the 2019 NCAA Division III Men's and Women's Swimming & Diving Championships in Greensboro, N.C. at the Greensboro Aquatic Center.
After two days of action, Pomona-Pitzer is sitting in 12th with 66 points on the men's side, while Claremont-Mudd-Scripps (CMS) has collected 18 points and is 19th overall. On the women's side, the Sagehens are in sixth place with 93 points, while the Athenas are in 24th place with 16 points.
In the preliminaries of the women's 200-yard freestyle relay, the Pomona-Pitzer group of Hannah Zurmuhl, Allison Liu, Katherine Denend and Madison Kauahi clocked a time of 1:34.19 to finish fourth overall and advance to the championship finals. The CMS quartet of Jocelyn Crawford, Riley Hoffman, Ava Sealander, and Natalia Orbach-Mandel placed 17th overall with a time of 1:35.78 and will serve as an alternate.
The Sagehens' men's 200-yard freestyle relay team of Lukas Menkhoff, Nicholas Borowsky, Will Abele and Ryan Drover finished 15th overall with a time of 1:22.95 and earned a spot in the consolation finals of the event.
Augusta Lewis of the Athenas clocked a time of 4:27.33 in the 400-yard IM to place 10th overall and feature in the consolation finals of the race. Teammate Mia Syme notched a time of 4:40.83 and finished 31st in the prelims.
Pomona-Pitzer's Jason Lu powered to a 13th place finish in the men's 400-yard IM with a mark of 3:56.25 to secure his place in the consolation finals, while California Lutheran's Ben Brewer added a time of 4:04.29 and finished 25th in the event.
The 100-yard butterfly saw Kauahi and Redlands' Wendy McAleer secure times of 56.53 and 56.81 respectively to place 24th and 27th in the race, while Sealander added a time of 57.35 and finished 33rd overall. Occidental's Cindy Dong added a time of 57.57 and finished 36th to round out four SCIAC swimmers in the event.
The men's 100-yard butterfly featured a fourth-place finish by CMS's Marco Conati who advanced to the championship finals with a time of 48.18 in the prelims. Andreas Nybo of the Kingsmen (49.62) and Drover (49.71) finished 30th and 33rd overall.
The women's 200-yard freestyle saw Caltech's Brittany Percin secure a time of 1:56.55 to finish 43rd overall, while Abele tabbed a ninth place finish on the men's side and earned a spot in the consolation finals with a time of 1:38.90. His Pomona-Pitzer teammate Paddy Baylis clocked a time of 1:42.78 to place 35th in the race.
The Sagehens' women's 400-yard medley relay combination of Angela Ling, Mackenzie Cummings, Kauahi, and Zurmuhl glided to a time of 3:45.39 and placed fourth overall and qualified for the championship finals. The Athenas' foursome of Lewis, Edwards, Janet Tran, and Orbach-Mandel finished 20th overall in a time of 3:51.89.
The men's 400-yard medley relay squad of Nikhil Kundu, Menkhoff, Drover and Abele advanced to 11th place and the consolation finals with a time of 3:19.31.
In the men's 1-meter diving preliminaries, CMS's Kendall Hollimon secured a spot in the consolation finals with a score of 433.50.
In Thursday's finals, the Pomona-Pitzer tandem of Zurmuhl, Liu, Denend and Kauahi finished fifth and earned All-American honors with a time of 1:34.05 in the women's 200-yard freestyle relay. On the men's side, the Sagehens' quartet of Menkhoff, Borowsky, Abele and Drover finished 13th with a time of 1:22.58.
In the women's 400-yard IM, Lewis clocked a time of 4:26.26 and placed 10th overall, while Lu finished the race in a time of 3:56.67 on the men's side.
The men's 100-yard butterfly saw Conati earn All-America status with a fourth-place time of 48.10, while Abele secured an 11th place finish in the 200-yard freestyle (1:39.38).
In the consolation final of the men's 1-meter diving event, Hollimon notched a score of 410.75 to place 15th overall.
The Pomona-Pitzer team of Ling, Cummings, Kauahi and Zurmuhl added a fifth place and All-American performance in the 400-yard medley relay finals, while the Sagehens' men's combination of Kundu, Menkhoff, Drover, and Abele won the consolation final with a time of 3:16.80.