The Claremont-Mudd-Scripps (CMS) women's golf team received six first place votes and 61 points en route to be voted first in the 2018 Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SCIAC) Preseason Poll as voted on by league head coaches.
CMS will look to defend its 2017 SCIAC Championship title as the Athenas received six first place votes and a pair of second place nods en route to 61 points in the 2018 preseason poll. CMS sealed its fourth conference crown thanks in large part to a stellar round of 301 on the second day of the three-day SCIAC Championship and an overall score of 2192 following completion of the three-day championship event. The Athenas also totaled 644 points in SCIAC 1 (two rounds) and held a combined score of 627 (two rounds) after SCIAC 2 to help propel the squad to the league's automatic bid to the NCAA Division III Championship.
Redlands, which received two first place votes in the 2018 preseason poll and 53 points overall, finished second in 2017 with 2227 strokes, highlighted by a 308 on the final day of the SCIAC Championship. Pomona-Pitzer and Cal Lutheran finished last season's campaigns with overall marks of 2256 and 2305 to finish third and fourth respectively. Both the Sagehens (48 points) and Regals (37 points) were slotted to finish in that order this year.
Looking to build on its fifth place finish is Whittier. The Poets received 34 points in the 2018 preseason voting after finishing the 2017 season with 2331. Chapman (27 points), Occidental (20 points) and La Verne (8 points) round out the 2018 preseason voting after neither of the three teams was able to turn in a team score in the conference championship.
2018 SCIAC Women's Golf Preseason Poll
(#) Denotes First Place Votes
1. CMS (6) - 61 points
2. Redlands (2) - 53 points
3. Pomona-Pitzer - 48 points
4. Cal Lutheran - 37 points
5. Whittier - 34 points
6. Chapman - 27 points
7. Occidental - 20 points
8. La Verne - 8 points