This past week in Pomona-Pitzer Athletics saw the Men's Swimming and Diving and Men's Basketball teams both extend their winning streaks to eight, while this coming week will see the spring sports get underway with Softball and Women's Water Polo opening their seasons on Saturday.
Men's Swimming and Diving improved to 8-1 on the year and 5-0 in the SCIAC by defeating Redlands 179-115 on Saturday, marking the program's first win over the Bulldogs since the 1998-99 season. Daniel To '17 earned an NCAA "B" cut in the 100-yard backstroke by edging Jeff Depew of Redlands in a thrilling race, 51.18 to 51.33. Chris Garnatz '15 also had a strong day by sweeping the 100-yard and 200-yard freestyle events and contributing to the final winning freestyle relay team.
Danny Villars '17 won the 200-yard butterfly in 1:57.98 and Hugh Berryman '15 won the 50-yard freestyle in 21.64 to help give the Sagehens nine individual wins to go along with the two relay victories.
The Pomona-Pitzer Women's Swimming and Diving team also improved to 5-0 in the SCIAC (8-2 overall) with a 191-107 win over Redlands. The Sagehens are still perfect against Division III competition, as its only losses on the year were close defeats to nationally ranked Division II programs Cal Baptist (eight points) and Alaska-Fairbanks (five points).
The meet started with an upset of sorts as the Pomona-Pitzer "B" team edged out the "A" team in the 200-yard medley relay, with Jackie Tran ‘15 (backstroke), Brenda Iglesias ‘14 (breaststroke), Maddy DeMeules ‘15 (butterfly) and Cayla Nishizaki PI '17 (freestyle) earning the win.
Kay Sterner '17 was dominant again in the distance events, winning the 1000 in 10:57.29 in the first individual race of the day, and later added a win in the 500 (5:15.95). Alex Lincoln ‘14, meanwhile, swept the 100 and the 200 freestyle events for the Sagehens, and also anchored the winning freestyle relay team. Pomona-Pitzer also won both backstroke events, with Mia Hahn '16 winning the 100 (1:01.40) and Maddie Larkin ‘17 winning her first SCIAC event in the 200 (2:13.34), edging out teammate Ellena Basada ‘16. Basada, meanwhile, earned a win in the 200-yard butterfly in 2:13.29, while Kelsey Atkinson '14 won the 100-yard butterfly in 1:00.58.
Men's Basketball extended its winning streak to eight games with a pair of convincing home victories, defeating Caltech 84-63 on Wednesday and La Verne 78-59 on Saturday. Kyle McAndrews '15 led the Sagehens in both games with 23 points against Caltech and 17 against La Verne. Michael Cohen '15 added 18 points against Caltech, while Jake Klewer '14 had 13 rebounds against La Verne and Gibson Farone-Collins '16 added 11.
Women's Basketball closed out on a 16-2 run to defeat Caltech 68-62 on Thursday, but then fell in heartbreaking fashion to La Verne in overtime on Saturday (68-65) after never trailing in the second half. Jenn Okonkwo '15 had 18 points, including the tie-breaking basket with 1:36 left, to go along with six steals for Pomona-Pitzer in the Caltech win. Alaina Woo '17 added 14 points, including a key three-pointer late in the game. Basha Brulee-Wills '17 had a career-high 23 points and nine rebounds against La Verne, while Okonkwo had 15 points and nine rebounds.
This Week's Schedule
Home Games in Bold
Wednesday, Jan. 29
Men's Basketball at Redlands, 7:30 p.m.
Thursday, Jan. 30
Women's Basketball at Redlands, 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, Feb. 1
Swimming/Diving at Whittier, 11 a.m.
Softball (H) vs. Azusa Pacific, 12 p.m.
Baseball (H) – Alumni Game, 1 p.m.
Women's Water Polo vs. Cal State Northridge, 1:30 p.m. – at Cal Baptist
Men's Basketball at Cal Lutheran, 5 p.m.
Women's Water Polo vs. Concordia (Irvine), 6:30 p.m. – at Cal Baptist
Women's Basketball at Cal Lutheran, 7 p.m.