This week in Pomona-Pitzer Athletics saw both Swimming and Diving teams improve to a perfect 4-0 in the SCIAC, while the Men's Basketball team improved to 5-1 with a statement win over Occidental.
At Haldeman Pool, the Women's Swimming and Diving team won easily, defeating La Verne 217-62 and Occidental 208-76 to improve to 5-0 on the year and 4-0 in SCIAC meets. The men's competition was closer, as the Sagehens edged La Verne 154-132 and took a lopsided win over Occidental (208-54) to improve to 4-1 overall and 4-0 in the SCIAC.
On the women's side Vicky Gyorffy '15 completed a 200-500-1000 sweep in the freestyle events to lead the Pomona-Pitzer Women's Swimming and Diving team to their two victories. Chrisi Morrison '16 added to the Sagehens win total by sweeping the two butterfly events. Mari Perribone PI '15 earned a first place finish in the 100 breaststroke in 1:09.29, then gave defending SCIAC Champion Caroline Chang of Occidental a good race in the 200 before losing by less than a second.
Ellena Basada '16 had an exciting win for the Sagehens as she caught Chang from behind on the final leg (freestyle) of the 200 IM, winning in 2:15.53. Alex Lincoln '14 won the 100 freestyle as well with a time of 54.03, remaining undefeated against Division III opponents in that event since the 2010-11 season (her freshman year).
On the men's side, Hugh Berryman '15 swept the 50 and 100 freestyle events and swam the anchor leg of the victorious 400 freestyle relay team in the final event of the day to clinch the win. The meet was still within four points (108-104) with four events to go, but Tommy DePaoli '13 came up with an important win in the 100 fly in 53.17 to help give the Sagehens some breathing room. In the final relay, the Leopards led after two legs, but Kevin Byrne '15 opened up a lead on the third leg, and Berryman pulled away in the anchor to give the Sagehens a three-second win in a time of 3:15.41.
DePaoli swept both butterfly events for the Sagehens, while Andy Wright PI '16 came through with a first place finish in the 1000 (10:24.60) as teammates J.P. Cumming '13 and Austin Abrams '16 made it a 1-2-3 finish.
Men's Basketball dropped a road contest at CSU San Marcos, which is ranked No. 10 in the NAIA, on Tuesday in a non-conference game, but responded with a thorough win over Occidental on Saturday, defeating the Tigers 84-59 to improve to 10-4 on the year overall. John Weiss '14 had a balanced stat line with 16 points (on 7-12 shooting), eight rebounds, three assists, three blocks and three steals, while Kyle McAndrews '15 added a game-high 17 points on 7-12 shooting as well.
Women's Basketball played an outstanding first half against league-leading Occidental, taking a 24-22 lead into the break after holding the Tigers to just 7-29 shooting. However, Occidental came out of the locker room on fire and started the second half with a 24-0 run to earn a 65-46 win. Alexis Sones '13 topped the Sagehens with 15 points, while Juliah Shay Kim '16 added 12.
This Week's Schedule
Home Games In Bold
Wednesday, Jan. 16
Men's Basketball at Whittier, 7:30 p.m.
Thursday, Jan. 17
Women's Basketball at Whittier, 7:30 p.m.
Friday, Jan. 18
Swimming/Diving (H) vs. Simon Fraser, 11 a.m.
Saturday, Jan. 19
Swimming/Diving (H) vs. Redlands, 11 a.m.
Women's Basketball (H) vs. La Verne, 5 p.m.
Men's Basketball (H) vs. La Verne, 7 p.m.