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The Sagehen Report for December 16

Ellena Basada '16 broke her own school record in the 400-yard individual medley at the Commerce Invitational this weekend.

Ellena Basada '16 broke her own school record in the 400-yard individual medley at the Commerce Invitational this weekend.

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Pomona-Pitzer wrapped up its pre-holidays athletic competition this week, with the big news coming from the pool in Commerce, California. Ellena Basada '16 broke her own school record in the 400-yard IM and Alex Lincoln '14 earned an NCAA "B" cut in the 100-yard freestyle to highlight the women's team's performance, and Daniel To '17 won the 100-yard backstroke to highlight the men.

Basada won the 400-yard IM event with a time of 4:31.51, eclipsing her own mark of 4:32.72 set at the SCIAC Championships last year and winning the race by over three seconds over Shelby Case of Fresno Pacific. Basada's time earned her an NCAA "B" (provisional) cut, five seconds below the cut off of 4:36.69 (4:13.77 is the automatic "A" cut qualification). Lincoln also earned a "B" cut in the 100-yard freestyle with a time of 51.89, placing her second at the event and leaving her just .15 off her own school record, which she also set at last season's SCIAC championships.

In addition, Lincoln also finished in first place in the 200-yard freestyle with a time of 1:53.83, and was third in the 50-yard freestyle (24.53), while Cayla Nishizaki PI ‘17 was fifth in 24.67. Kay Sterner ‘17 had a strong showing in the 1650-yard freestyle, finishing second overall with a time of 17:56.83, behind only NAIA competitor Samantha Leanza of Concordia (Irvine). Maddie Larkin ‘17 came in third in the 200-yard backstroke with a 2:07.04, and Maki Tohmon ‘17 was fourth in the 200-yard IM (2:11.90).

To finished in first place with a 51.70 in the 100-yard backstroke, winning by .61 over second place Jeff Depew of Redlands and moving into third place in Pomona-Pitzer history in the event. The two SCIAC competitors were then followed by eight NAIA swimmers in the top 10, six from Concordia (Irvine), one from Biola and one from Fresno Pacific. In addition to his strong performance in the backstroke, To also finished third in the 100-yard butterfly with a time of 52.31. Tommy Turner ‘17 broke the 5:00 mark in the 500-yard freestyle, finishing in 4:59.70 to come in seventh (first among Division III competitors).

Both basketball teams ended their pre-holiday break with tough losses on Saturday, as La Sierra came back from 10 points down to defeat the Women’s Basketball team 67-63, and Pacific (Ore.) rallied from 13 points down to defeat the Men’s Basketball team 72-66. Jenn Okonkwo ’16 had 19 points and 15 rebounds to lead the women’s team, while Michael Cohen ’15 had 21 points to lead the men’s team and Jake Klewer ’14 added 11 points, 11 rebounds and six assists.

Pomona-Pitzer Athletics will be idle until Dec. 29-30, when Men’s Basketball travels to San Antonio to participate in the Trinity (Texas) Invitational, while Women’s Basketball hosts Webster on Monday, Dec. 30. Our next Sagehen Report will be Monday, Jan. 6. Happy Holidays!

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