COMMERCE, Calif. – The Claremont-Mudd-Scripps women's team extended its lead but the men's race tightened up after three days at the SCIAC Swimming & Diving Championships in Commerce, Calif. The Athena women lead by 255 but the Stags closed the gap on the men's side as the Sagehens lead by just 2 points heading into the final day.
CMS' 929 leads the women's field with Pomona-Pitzer following at 674. Redlands is third with 393. Chapman is in fourth with 314 while Occidental (271), Cal Lutheran (259) and Whittier (255) are all close together in the fifth through seven positions. La Verne is in eighth with 196 points and Caltech is in ninth with 130.
The Pomona-Pitzer men are clinging to the lead with 678 points but Claremont-Mudd-Scripps isn't far behind with 676 points. Cal Lutheran is third with 374 and Redlands is fourth with 365. La Verne's 240 points sit just ahead of Whittier's 236 while Occidental and Caltech are tied in seventh with 234. Chapman is ninth with 128.
Scoring for the day started with the women's 3 meter diving final where Sagehen freshman Ellen Wang took the top spot with a score of 480.45. Sophomore Kellyn Toole from Chapman took second with 468.60 while senior Carli Lessard from CMS finished third with 456.00.
Redland's Ellie Jaques set a new SCIAC meet record for the second year in a row in the finals of the women's 400 IM with a time of 4:28.50. CMS's Ivy Chen took second with a time of 4:30.77 while Pomona-Pitzer's Eva Gontrum took third with 4:33.62.
Freshman swept the 400 IM as Henry Limm from CMS took the title with a time of 3:59.39 while Liam O'Shea from Pomona-Pitzer finished second with 3.59.53. Benjamin Brewer from Cal Lutheran took third with 4:01.34
CMS' Stephanie Doi repeated as the 100 fly champion with a time of 56.47 while freshman Sabrina Kwan from Pomona-Pitzer took second with a time of 56.85. Gemma Takahashi from Caltech took third with a time of 57.18 for the Beavers first trip to the podium.
Matthew Williams from CMS took the Stags' second title of the day with a winning time of 48.66 in the 100 fly setting a SCIAC meet record. Pomona-Pitzer's Ryan Drover wasn't far behind with a time of 49.00 while Occidental's Austin Lashley finished third with a time of 49.17.
Cal Lutheran's Mardell Ramirez set a new meet and SCIAC record finishing in 1:51.10 in the 200 yard freestyle. Madison Kauahi from Pomona-Pitzer finished next with a time of 1:53.00 while Molly Davis of Chapman took third with 1:53.24.
Junior Mark Hallman won the men's 200 free for the third year in a row with a time of 1:39.69 as the champion in the men's 200 free. CMS took the second and third spot as freshman Ben Culberson finished in a time of 1:41.35 and sophomore Jackson Crewe was close behind finishing in 1:41.49.
CMS's swept the podium in the women's 100 yard breaststroke with freshman Claire Bacon-Brenes setting a meet record with a time of 1:03.51. Freshman Bryn Edwards came in next with a time of 1:04.16 while senior Emily McKinnon came in third with a time of 1:05.49.
Caltech freshman Tom Gallup touched first in the men's 100 yard breaststroke with a time of 55.62 as Tyler Welty from CMS came in second with a time of 56.59. Freshman Brandon Tran of Whittier took third in 56.67.
Freshman Jocelyn Crawford from CMS took home the title in the 100 yard backstroke with a time of 55.71 while a pair of Sagehens took second and third. Sarah Jin finished in 56.24 while Angela Ling finished in 57.00.
CMS' Matt Williams made it four in a row with the SCIAC title in the men's 100 back with a time of 48.69. Williams was followed by Redlands' Joe Widuch with a 50.03 while CMS' Dave Makhervaks took third with a 50.44.
In the last races of the evening the Athenas from CMS took the women's 400 medley relay with a time of 3:48.42. Pomona-Pitzer came in second at 3:52.49 while Redlands took third at 3:56.72.
The men closed the day with their 400 medley relay which saw the team of Mahhervaks, Welty, Williams and Spurzem from CMS take the top spot with a time of 3:20.75. In second was Pomona-Pitzer with a time of 3:20.89 while Caltech took third in 3:23.46.
Tomorrow's championship concludes with finals in the 1650 Free, 200 Back, 100 Free, 200 Breast, 200 Fly and Men's 1M Diving.