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The Sagehen Report for February 24

Alex Lincoln '14 earned her fourth individual SCIAC championship in the final conference race of her career, taking the 100-yard freestyle title on Sunday.

Alex Lincoln '14 earned her fourth individual SCIAC championship in the final conference race of her career, taking the 100-yard freestyle title on Sunday.

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This week in Pomona-Pitzer Athletics saw the Swimming and Diving teams earn some record-breaking performances at the SCIAC Championships, the Men’s Basketball team close out the regular season with two straight wins as it prepares to host a SCIAC semifinal game on Friday night, and the Men’s and Women’s Tennis teams opened their spring seasons with convincing wins.

Swimming and Diving attended the SCIAC Championships in Commerce, Calif. from Friday-Sunday and saw three individual champions, one relay champion and 12 school records fall (six for the men, six for the women).  On the women’s side, Alex Lincoln ’14 won her final individual SCIAC race with a 52.05 in the 100-yard freestyle, one day after missing a third straight 200-yard title by just one-hundredth of a second. Kay Sterner ’17 earned her first SCIAC title with a 5:01.69 in the 500-yard freestyle, winning a tight race by just .47, and Ellena Basada ’16 defended her 400-yard individual medley title with a new school record time of 4:31.08, winning by almost three full seconds. Pomona-Pitzer’s 800-yard freestyle relay team of Lincoln, Sterner, Vicky Gyorffy ’15 and Johanna Rayl ’16 also won a SCIAC title and set a new school record with a time of 7:41.10.

Maki Tohmon ’17 was second in the 200-yard individual medley, but set a new school record with a 2:06.89 and earned an automatic qualification (“A” cut) to the NCAA Division III Championships in Indianapolis next month. Mia Hahn ’16 set new school records in the 100-yard and 200-yard backstroke, earning NCAA “B” (provisional) cuts and finishing in second place in both.  Her 200-yard time 2:04.26 broke her own record set last year, although Maddie Larkin ’17 broke it first during prelims and earned an NCAA “B” cut as well.  The 400-yard freestyle relay team (Cayla Nishizaki PI ’17, Gyorffy, Rayl, Lincoln) closed out the championships with another school record of 3:31.88.

The Men’s Swimming and Diving team also saw six school records fall, including four different relay teams and two individuals. Nathan Yale ’14 uncorked the best swims of his career in his final meet, trimming over four seconds off his personal best in the 100-yard breaststroke to finish second with a school-record 56.85 and earn an NCAA “B” cut, just ahead of teammate Kyle Dalrymple PI ’17, who was fourth with a 56.99.  Dalrymple earned another “B” cut in the 200-yard breaststroke, breaking the school record which had held since 1996 with a 2:06.54.

Daniel To ’17 was the second place finisher in both the 100-yard backstroke and the 200-yard backstroke, earning NCAA “B” cut times in both events. Tommy Turner ’17 also picked up a “B” cut in the 1650-yard freestyle with a 16:14.61, coming in third.  Pomona-Pitzer’s medley relay team of To (backstroke), Dalrymple (breaststroke), Will Thorson PI ’16 (butterfly) and Hugh Berryman ’15 (freestyle) set school records in both the 200-yard relay and the 400-yard relay to earn NCAA “B” cuts.  The 200-yard freestyle relay team of Eirik Hansen PI ’15, Timmy Hardman PI ’17, To and Berryman also set a new Pomona_pitzer mark, as did the 400-yard freestyle relay in the final event of the meet (Chris Garnatz ’15, Hardman, Kevin Byrne ’15, and Berryman).

Swimming and Diving completed its SCIAC championships, while Men’s Basketball will be gearing up for its postseason this week. The Sagehens closed out the regular season with a win at La Verne on Wednesday and a home win over Occidental on Saturday and will face Chapman at Voelkel Gymnasium on Friday at 7:30 in one of two SCIAC semifinals. The championship will be played on Saturday at 7:30 p.m. at the site of the highest remaining seed, which would be at Pomona-Pitzer if the Sagehens defeat Chapman and top-seeded CMS falls to Cal Lutheran. If both top seeds win, the Sagehens will travel across the street to face CMS after splitting the regular season series.

Kyle McAndrews ’15 had a huge week for the Sagehens, scoring 32 points in a 65-59 road win over La Verne, just two shy of his career high set against Chapman in double-overtime earlier this year. He then added a team-high 17 points in a 63-53 over Occidental, giving him 997 in his three-year career, three shy of joining the 1000-point club. Seniors Jake Klewer ’14, John Weiss ’14, Xavyr Moss PI ’14 and Dan Campbell PI ’13 were honored before the Occidental game on their Senior Day.

Women’s Basketball closed out its season with a split, defeating La Verne 62-61 on Wednesday, as Jenn Okonkwo ‘16 made the winning foul shot with 15 seconds left to finish with 21 points and 12 rebounds. Alaina Woo ‘17 added a personal-best 19 points, shooting 4-6 from beyond the arc. The Sagehens return their entire team next season, as the 12-player roster this year included no seniors and only two juniors.

The tennis teams got their 2014 seasons started on consecutive days this week, with the No. 17 Men’s Tennis team defeating No. 23 Bates 7-2 on Thursday, while the No. 10 Women’s Tennis team rolled past Chapman 8-1 on Friday (Men’s Tennis also won at Chapman 7-2 on Saturday). The men trailed Bates 2-1 after doubles, but swept all six singles lines to storm back for the convincing win, while the women were a third-set tiebreaker away from a shutout against Chapman in the final match of the day. Sammy Chao ’14 and Lea Lynn Yen ’16 dug out of a 6-3 hole to win their match in doubles 8-6 after reaching the semifinals of the ITA Nationals in the fall, clinching All-America honors.

Women’s Lacrosse split two games this week, but showed that they will be in the hunt for the SCIAC title. A year ago, the Sagehens were 0-5 combined against Chapman and Redlands, but defeated Chapman 11-8 on the road and then fell 12-11 in sudden death overtime at home to defending SCIAC champion Redlands. Gaby Fukumura ’17 stopped the first eight shots she faced against Chapman to almost take a shutout into halftime before finishing with 13 saves.

The Women’s Track and Field team competed at the Rossi Relays at CMS, with three different relay teams earning a spot on Pomona-Pitzer’s all-time top 10 lists. The 4x100 team ran a 50.20 to rank seventh all-time in Pomona-Pitzer history, as Schuyler Fox ‘17, Alyssa Kim PI ‘17, Ailene Nguyen ‘16 and Cat Banobi ‘17 put up an impressive time in their first official relay together. The distance medley relay team of Maya Weigel ‘17, Banobi, Stassja Sichko ‘15 and Claire Brickson ‘14.ran a 12:46.85 to clock the No. 3 all-time mark for Pomona-Pitzer. The women’s 4x800 team ran 10:14.51 to record the No. 6 all-time mark in Sagehen annals (Sichko, Zoe Flavin ‘17, Brickson and Weigel).

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This Week's Schedule

Home Games in Bold

Friday, Feb. 28
Women’s Tennis at ITA Indoor Nationals, 10 a.m. (at DePauw)
Women’s Water Polo vs. Villanova, 2 p.m. (at Cal Lutheran)
Baseball (H) vs. Redlands, 2:30 p.m.
Women’s Water Polo vs. CSU Bakersfield, 4:30 p.m. (at Cal Lutheran)
Men’s Basketball (H) vs. Chapman, 7:30 p.m. (SCIAC Semifinals)

Saturday, March 1
Men’s Golf at Las Vegas Desert Classic, 9 a.m.
Women’s Golf at Las Vegas Desert Classic, 9 a.m.
Women’s Tennis at ITA Indoor Nationals, 10 a.m. (at DePauw)
Men’s Track and Field at Occidental, 11 a.m.
Women’s Track and Field at Occidental, 11 a.m.
Baseball at Redlands, 11 a.m. (DH)
Softball at Occidental, 12 p.m. (DH)
Women’s Water Polo vs. Azusa Pacific, 1 p.m. (at Cal Lutheran)
Women’s Lacrosse vs. Pacific (Ore.), 2 p.m. (at Gig Harbor, Wash.)
Women’s Water Polo vs. Sonoma State, 4:45 p.m. (at Cal Lutheran)
Men’s Basketball at SCIAC finals, 7:30 p.m. (if PP advances)

Sunday, March 2
Men’s Golf at Las Vegas Desert Classic, 9 a.m.
Women’s Golf at Las Vegas Desert Classic, 9 a.m.
Women’s Tennis at ITA Indoor Nationals, 10 a.m. (at DePauw)
Women’s Lacrosse at Puget Sound, 10 a.m.
Women’s Lacrosse vs. Linfield, 3 p.m. (at Puget Sound)

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