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The Sagehen Report: Week of December 5

Alex Lincoln '14 won the 100-yard and 200-yard freestyle events against both Whittier and Claremont-Mudd-Scripps last weekend.

Alex Lincoln '14 won the 100-yard and 200-yard freestyle events against both Whittier and Claremont-Mudd-Scripps last weekend.

A pair of winter teams picked up down-to-the-wire wins on Friday, while the SCIAC honored the last of its fall sports with postseason honors this week.

Men’s Swimming and Diving picked up the first narrow win on Friday when it edged out Whittier 125-112 in a meet that came right down to the final relay to determine the winner. Kevin Bryne ’15 helped put the Sagehens in great position for the win by winning two close events earlier in the day, the final leg in the 400-yard medley relay and the individual 200-yard freestyle. All-American Max Scholten ’12 also had a big day, winning the 100-yard and 200-yard backstroke, contributing to the medley relay win, and then swimming the final leg of the 400-yard freestyle relay which earned the Sagehens the team victory.

On Saturday, Scholten also won the 100-yard backstroke in a loss at Claremont-Mudd-Scripps (and was second in the 100-yard freestyle), while Tommy DePaoli ’13 finished a close second in the 100-yard butterfly.   

On the women’s side, the Sagehens split the weekend with a 138-82 victory over Whittier followed by a loss at CMS. Alex Lincoln ’14 continued her strong winter season by winning both the 100-yard and 200-yard freestyle events on both Friday and Saturday, and nearly making it 3-for-3 in individual events on Saturday but coming up one-hundredth of a second short in the 50-yard freestyle. Sarah Tuggy ’13 had a narrow win in the 200-yard breaststroke against Whittier, while Jackie Tran ’13, Maddy DeMeules ’14 and Nola Shi ’13 finished 1-2-3 in the 200-yard backstroke. Gailyn Portelance ’15 also had a strong weekend by coming in second in the 200-yard individual medley on Friday and in the 400-yard individual medley on Saturday.

The Men’s Basketball team had the other dramatic win for the Sagehens on Friday as it held on for an 80-79 win over Chapman in the semifinals of the Lee Fulmer Memorial Tournament at the University of Redlands. Pomona-Pitzer shot 68 percent from the floor (30-44) against Chapman, but had to hold off a furious late rally from the Panthers, who scored on 13 of their last 15 possessions to lose by a single point. R.J. Maki ’11 (CGU ’13) had a big performance by leading the Sagehens with 15 points, including 4-4 at the foul line in the final minute to secure the win, while Evan Zahniser ’12 added two foul shots in the last minute as well, while also blocking a tying three-point attempt from Chapman with less than a minute to play. Pomona-Pitzer fell to Redlands in the championship game to snap its four-game winning streak, but Kyle McAndrews ’15 had a big day in the loss, tallying 16 points. 

The Women’s Basketball team had four players in double figures, but lost its only game of the week to La Sierra on Tuesday. Vanessa Ho ’13 scored a season-high 14 points to lead the Sagehens, two shy of her career high, while Emi Hashizume PI ’14 added 13 points, Erin Edmonds PI ’14 had 11, and Alexis Sones ’13 chipped in with 10. The two teams have a rematch on Monday at La Sierra, before the Sagehens return home to face Arizona Christian on Friday at 7:30 p.m.

The Pomona-Pitzer Men’s Water Polo team was well-represented in the SCIAC awards, as Jason Cox PI ’13, Mark Hudnall ’13 and Cody Moore ’13 were all named to the first team, goalie Kyle Pokorny ’12 was named to the second team, and Stephen Vint PI ’15 was named the Freshman of the Year. The five players all had key roles in leading the Sagehens to the SCIAC Championship this fall.