We asserted at the start of last week that Pomona-Pitzer was going to set an unofficial athletic department record by having 13 sports in action in the same week (all four winter sports, and nine of the 10 spring sports). As it turns out, that little tid-bit was overshadowed by the breaking of 15 official records.
Most of the damage to the record books was done at the SCIAC Swimming and Diving Championships, where the Sagehens set 14 new program records, 12 by the Women's Swimming team (out of 18 total events). Men's Swimming added two records at SCIACs, while Women's Track and Field capped off the week with yet another school record in the 4x800 relay.
Women's Swimming had several remarkable performance on its way to a second-place finish at the SCIACs and a complete overhaul of the program records. Alex Lincoln '14 swam in seven events, three individual and four relay, and set Pomona-Pitzer records in all seven, earning three first-place finishes and four-second place finishes. She repeated as the SCIAC champion in the 200 freestyle, an event in which she has still not been beaten by a Division III opponent since her freshman year.
Ellena Basada '16 set records in both the 200 and the 400 individual medley, records which had held for over 25 years, since Lyn Cunliffe set them from 1984-87, earning a SCIAC title in the 400. Jackie Tran '15 and Mia Hahn '16 also put new school records in the books in the 100 and 200 backstroke, respectively.
While they just missed school records in their individual events, seniors Sarah Tuggy '13 and Charlotte Dohrn '13 capped off their careers by shattering personal bests to move into second place all time in the 200 breaststroke and 200 butterfly, respectively. Both also earned NCAA "B" cuts (provisional) and will wait and see if they qualify for nationals (along with Lincoln, Basada Tran, and two relay teams).
The Women's Swimming team also showed off its depth by breaking school records in all five relays (200 freestyle, 400 freestyle, 800 freestyle, 200 medley, 400 medley). Contributing to those five records where Dohrn, Lincoln, Tran, Hannah Robertson '15, Maddy DeMeules '14, Vicky Gyorffy '15, Johanna Rayl '16, Lexi Davis '16, Jenna Haufler '16, Mari Pettibone PI '15, and Nola Shi '15.
On the men's side, Ferrel Atkins '16 set a new school record in the 100 breaststroke, clocking a 58.97 to become only the third swimmer in Pomona-Pitzer history to break the 1:00 mark. He also joined Hugh Berryman '15, Tommy DePaoli '13 and Eirik Hansen PI '15 in breaking the 200 medley relay record.
Women's Track and Field earned its record at the Rossi Relays at Claremont-Mudd-Scripps on Saturday, with the 4x800 relay team of Annie Lydens '13, Isabelle Ambler '13, Stassja Sichko '15 and Claire Brickson '14 clocking a 9:43.53, chopping seven and a half seconds off the previous mark set in 2010. Erin Delaria '15 added a personal best in the pole vault, moving into third place in school history with a jump of 10 feet, two inches. On the men's side, Garret Bell '14 went over 40 feet in the shot put for the second week in a row, while John Fowler '16 had the top individual finish when he came in fifth in the 3000 meters.
Somewhat lost in the shuffle of all the record-breaking was a terrific week for the Women's Lacrosse team, which had a dramatic comeback win to defeat CMS for the first time in program history 11-9 in overtime on Wednesday. Pomona-Pitzer trailed 6-1 at the half, but started the second half with a 5-0 run, capped off by two straight goals from Emma Molloy PI '13. Logan Galansky '14 broke the tie in overtime with a free position goal while the Sagehens were playing shorthanded due to a dangerous shot penalty.
Pomona-Pitzer then earned a 16-11 victory over Whittier on Saturday (the Poets scored the last four goals of the game to make the final look a bit closer), making it three straight victories. Alexa Sarussi '15 and Jana London '14 had four goals apiece, while Molloy chipped in with two goals and four assists.
Women's Tennis was the last spring sport to get underway and started the year with a 7-2 win at La Verne. Marie Fleming '16 started her collegiate career with a 6-0, 6-0 win in singles, while Kara Wang '13 and Arthi Padmanabhan '14 each won big in both singles and doubles. Mae Coyiuto '16 who reached the semifinals of the ITA West Region championships in the fall, also won her first dual match with a three-setter at No. 2 singles. Pomona-Pitzer will be home this weekend for SCIAC matches against Whittier on Friday and Cal Lutheran on Saturday.
The Men's Tennis team dropped its opener 6-3 to No. 15 Bates, but got a strong debut performance from Thomas Low '16, who won at both singles and doubles. Kevin Prescott '13 also started out his season with a singles win.
Baseball suffered its first setbacks of the new season after a 7-0 start, dropping two of three to Cal Lutheran, but salvaged the last game of the series with some strong performances from names that have become familiar this season. Simon Rosenbaum '16, who earned SCIAC Athlete of the Week honors after his first week of college competition, allowed no earned runs over seven innings to get the win and improve to 3-0 in a 7-4 victory in the final game of the series, while Robert Weller '14 picked up his fourth save in four chances by getting out of a bases loaded, none-out jam in the eighth with the score 7-4, thanks to two strikeouts.
Rosenbaum was also 3-for-4 with a homer in the first game of the Saturday doubleheader, while Mike Moyer '13 led off the second game with a round-tripper in the bottom of the first. Mark Okuma PI '15 was 3-for-4 with two RBI in the nightcap. A down note in the opening game as Jake Bruml '15 lost his first collegiate game on the mound after starting out his career 9-0, including 7-0 last year and wins in his first two starts this spring. The Sagehens will host Redlands on Saturday for an 11 a.m. doubleheader.
Softball has been hurt by injuries in the early part of the season, but had a couple of individual highlights in its doubleheader sweep at the hands of Whittier on Saturday. Susanne Boden '16 hit her first collegiate home run in the opening game, while Paige Oliver '16 followed suit by hitting her first round-tripper in the nightcap.
Both basketball teams saw their seasons conclude this week. Men's Basketball fell in the SCIAC semifinals to Redlands, which shot 17-24 in the second half to break open a close game at intermission (40-37) and take an 88-68 win. The Women's Basketball team fell in its regular season finale at La Verne on Monday, but did end its season on a high note at home by defeating CMS last week.
The future looks bright on the court of Voelkel Gymnasium, though, as the Men's Basketball team returns its entire starting five, while the Women's Basketball team ended the year with five freshmen and two sophomores among its eight active players.
This Week's Schedule
Home Games in Bold
Friday, March 1
Women's Water Polo vs. Azusa Pacific, 9:30 a.m.
Women's Water Polo at Cal Lutheran, 1 p.m.
Women's Tennis (H) vs. Whittier, 2 p.m.
Baseball at Redlands, 2:30 p.m.
Saturday, March 2
Track+Field (H) – SCIAC Quad Meet, 11 a.m.
Baseball (H) vs. Redlands (DH), 11 a.m.
Women's Tennis (H) vs. Cal Lutheran, 11 a.m.
Softball at CMS, 12 p.m.
Women's Water Polo vs. Occidental, 1 p.m.
(Women's Water Polo matches at Cal Lutheran)