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The Sagehen Report: Week of December 12

Max Scholten '12 made history for the Pomona-Pitzer Men's Swimming team, setting two new program records.

Max Scholten '12 made history for the Pomona-Pitzer Men's Swimming team, setting two new program records.

The Sagehen record books got turned back to the 1980s this week, as a pair of athletes accomplished things which hadn’t been done at Pomona-Pitzer since before they were born.

Max Scholten ’12 made history for the Pomona-Pitzer Men’s Swimming team over the weekend at the Finis Collegiate Invitational, while earning his ticket to the NCAA Division III Championships in March. Scholten set two new program records, breaking his own mark in the 200-yard backstroke (1:49.15) and eclipsing a 23-year-old record in the 200-yard individual medley (1:53.67), which had stood since Steve Smith set the mark in 1988 with a 1:54.01. Scholten’s previous best time in the event was 2:00.63, and no Sagehen had even broken the 1:58 mark since Smith’s record in 1988.

Scholten’s time in the 200-yard backstroke earned him an automatic qualification to the 2012 NCAA Division III Swimming and Diving championships, while his IM time, as well as his time in the 100-yard backstroke, earned him provisional qualification in those events as well. He now has his name beside six school records – including three individual marks and three relays. 

In addition to Scholten’s performance, Hugh Berryman ’15 moved into fourth place in program history in the 50-yard freestyle with a 21.37, while Hannah Robertson ’15 moved into sixth place at Pomona-Pitzer in the 100-yard breaststroke on the women’s side with a time of 1:09.01. 

James Lambert ’12 earned a prestigious honor for the Pomona-Pitzer Football team as he was named a first-team Academic All-American by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA), becoming the first Sagehen to earn first-team CoSIDA Academic All-American honors since 1982 (Andrew Nevem in baseball). Lambert, who carries a 3.93 GPA in economics, was a four-year starter on the offensive line and also earned the John Zinda Award from the SCIAC for academics, athletics, leadership, integrity and sportsmanship.

Luke Sweeney ’13 was also honored last week as he was selected to the second-team All-West Region by, one of only three SCIAC players to make the second team on offense. Sweeney will officially become the NCAA Division III rushing champion (177.4 yards per game) next week after the national championship game is played.

The Pomona-Pitzer Women’s Basketball team broke through for its first win of the season in convincing fashion by knocking off Arizona Christian 89-73 on Friday. Asha Gipson ’12 had a spectacular all-around performance with 23 points, 15 rebounds, four assists and seven steals, while Emi Hashizume PI ’14 led the Sagehens with 24 points and Maria Weyhrauch ’15 added 20 to give Pomona-Pitzer three players with 20 or more points on the night. The Sagehens will close out the fall semester with a home game against Piedmont on Saturday at 4 p.m. before taking a two-week break for the Holidays.

The Pomona-Pitzer Men’s Basketball team gave Biola, ranked No. 15 in NAIA, a stern test on the road before falling 69-65. The Sagehens received strong performances from its freshman class, as Kyle McAndrews ’15 led the way with 18 points and Jack Klukas ’15 added 14, including 4-of-4 shooting from three-point territory. Pomona-Pitzer will host American Sports University on Friday night at 7:30 before its two-week break.   

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