This week in Pomona-Pitzer Athletics saw yet another school record fall on the track (the 20th record set this academic year), while the Men's Tennis team hosted its final home match of the season and sent its senior class out in style.
Katie Barton '15 became the newest Sagehen to put her name in the athletic department's record books, by edging the old record in the 400-meter hurdles at the Pomona-Pitzer invitational. Barton finished the race in 62.80, breaking the old mark of 62.81, which had been held by Eliza Bonner since 1987. Barton finished sixth overall out of 38 competitors at the event, which featured runners from every level of collegiate track and field, as well as postgraduates and unattached runners (Barton was third amongst collegiate competitors, and tops among Division III entrants).
Barton joins a long list of Pomona-Pitzer record-breakers this season. Women's Swimming broke 12 school records at the SCIAC Championships, including seven from Alex Lincoln '13 (three individual, four relay), while Men's Swimming broke two. Ailene Nguyen '16 set a Pomona-Pitzer record in the triple jump earlier this spring, while two relay teams for the women and one for the men also set new school marks. Luke Sweeney '13 became the all-time leading rusher in the history of the Football program in the fall, finishing with 3004 yards.
On the men's side, freshmen John Fowler ‘16, Corey Purcella ‘16 and Joe Knight PI '16 all finished in the top seven in their respective events as the freshman class performed exceptionally well. Fowler ran a blistering pace in the 5000 meters, finishing in 14:47.93 in fourth place, behind only a runner from Concordia (Cal.) and two from UC San Diego. Teammates Ben Girodias ‘15 (14:59.69) and Alex Johnson PI ‘13 (15:00.13) finished ninth and tenth to give the Sagehens three of the top 10 runners. Purcella was a seventh-place finisher in the 3000-meter steeplechase with a personal best 9:35.85, placing second among Division III participants, while Knight high-jumped 6-6.75, tying for the best in Division III.
Men's Tennis hosted Chapman on Saturday in its final home match of the year and cruised to a 9-0 win, its third straight shutout of a SCIAC opponent. The seniors had an especially big day, with Frankie Allinson '13 and Kevin Prescott '13 both winning their singles matches 6-0, 6-0 in their final appearance at Pauley Courts. Max Sabel PI '13 also won 6-2, 7-5 at No. 1 singles, and teamed with Allinson for an 8-2 win in doubles.
Women's Tennis was also successful on the road against Chapman, coming away with an 8-1 win to improve to 11-5 on the season, including four straight wins. Arthi Padmanabhan '14 and Lea Lynn Yen '16 both won their singles matches by an aggregate score of 12-1 and won 8-6 at No. 2 doubles. Mae Coyiuto '16 also won 7-6, 6-0 at No. 2 singles to improve to 14-2 on the year. The Sagehens, ranked No. 14 in the nation, host their final home match on Friday against Redlands, which is ranked No. 9.
Women's Lacrosse came away with a thrilling win on the road against Occidental, prevailing 9-8 to complete a season sweep of the Tigers. The Sagehens led 7-3 early in the second half, but Occidental scored five straight goals to pull ahead 8-7 with less than 10 minutes to play. However, Aubrey Douglass PI '16 tied the score with her third goal of the game and then fed Jana London PI '14 for the game-winner 36 seconds later and the Sagehens were able to hold on for the 9-8 win.
Baseball stepped out of the SCIAC for a tough challenge against top-ranked Linfield and dropped all three games. The first game of the series was the closest, as Jake Bruml '15 threw well and added a solo homer, but took only his second collegiate loss as he fell to 13-2 in his career (6-2) this season. Erik Munzer PI '13 swung a hot bat all weekend, batting 8-for-13 in the three-game series, including a 4-for-5 effort in game two. The Sagehens complete the SCIAC Round Robin with a three-game series this weekend against Occidental, hosting the Tigers on Friday at 3 p.m.
Women's Water Polo picked up a pair of SCIAC wins this week, knocking Whittier from the ranks of the unbeaten with a 10-7 win at Haldeman Pool on Wednesday and then cruising past Caltech 20-4. Katy Schafer PI '16 had a combined 10 goals in the two games, including six against Caltech, the highest total for a Pomona-Pitzer player this season. The Sagehens also played fourth-ranked UCLA after the Caltech match on Saturday and fell 22-5, but Mahalia Prater-Fahey '15 had a personal highlight with two goals against the powerhouse Bruins. Pomona-Pitzer hosts its final home match of the season on Saturday against CMS at 11 a.m., which will be a must-win heading into the tournament to keep its SCIAC title hopes alive.
This Week's Schedule
Home Games in Bold
Wednesday, April 17
Women's Water Polo at Chapman, 5 p.m.
Women's Lacrosse at CMS, 7 p.m.
Friday, April 19
Women's Tennis (H) vs. Redlands, 2 p.m.
Softball at La Verne, 2 p.m. (DH)
Men's Tennis at Redlands, 2 p.m.
Baseball (H) vs. Occidental, 3 p.m.
Saturday, April 20
Baseball at Occidental, 11 a.m. (DH)
Women's Water Polo (H) vs. CMS, 11 a.m.
Softball (H) vs. Occidental, 12 p.m. (DH)
Women's Lacrosse at Whittier, 1 p.m.