Historic Year Ends in Sagehens Claiming First-Ever Men’s SCIAC All-Sports Trophy

Historic Year Ends in Sagehens Claiming First-Ever Men’s SCIAC All-Sports Trophy

CLAREMONT, CA. – The Pomona-Pitzer Sagehens claimed their first Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SCIAC) All-Sports Trophy in 26 years as announced by the league office. 

The Sagehens won the men's trophy for the first time in the SCIAC All-Sports Trophy history after winning four SCIAC Championships and having all teams qualify for the conference postseason this year.

The Sagehen women's teams finished second overall with CMS claiming the combined All-Sports Trophy in a closely contested battle with Pomona-Pitzer ending just 6.5 points behind CMS in this year's standings after trailing the Stags and Athenas by 48 points the year prior.  

'We knew we were having a strong year and to finish it like this is a huge step forward for our department", said Director of Athletics Lesley Irvine. "To win it for the first time ever is special and speaks volumes about the talent of our teams, our coaches and all the work both of our campuses do to support athletics here at Pomona and Pitzer Colleges. I couldn't be prouder of all involved"

On the men's side, the Sagehens saw four SCIAC Championships in 2017-18 with cross country, swimming and diving, water polo and track and field.

Cross country won their first SCIAC Championship since 2005 while first-year head coach Jordan Carpenter picked up SCIAC Coach of the Year honors and Andy Reischling ran his way to SCIAC Athlete of the Year. The Sagehens also ended the year tied for their highest finish in program history at the NCAA National Meet with a sixth place finish.

The men's water polo team also ended the year with a historic finish with their second-straight appearance into the NCAA Tournament after back-to-back SCIAC Championships. The Sagehens finished the year ranked No. 17 across all division and had SCIAC and ACWPC Player of the Year in goalkeeper Daniel Diemer. Head coach Alex Rodriguez and his staff earned SCIAC Coaching Staff of the Year after claiming his sixth SCIAC Championship on the men's side. 

Swim and dive had a year of firsts for their 2017-18 season as they knocked off CMS and claimed their first SCIAC Championship in program history with SCIAC Athlete of the Year Mark Hallman and Newcomer of the Year Lukas Menkhoff. J.P. Gowdy coached his team to their highest finish ever at NCAA's with an eight place finish including the program's first ever National Champion with Menkhoff in the 100m Breaststroke.

The Pomona-Pitzer men's track and field team rose to the top of the SCIAC again for the first time in 27 years after their performance in the SCIAC Championships this season. Jordan Carpenter earned SCIAC Coaching Staff of the Year in his first year as head coach along with SCIAC Athlete of the Year in Andy Reischling as the Sagehens head into the NCAA National Championship meet as the No. 17th ranked team in the nation.

The men's side also saw notable performances this season from basketball and tennis who both finished in second place in their respective sports while tennis ended with a 12th place ranking in the national rankings. The Sagehens also had had SCIAC Postseason appearances from baseball and soccer who both finished in fourth place in the SCIAC.

The women's teams saw two SCIAC Championships this year with one in the winter and one in the spring. The women's swim and dive team captured their second SCIAC Championship in three seasons behind SCIAC Coach of the Year J.P. Gowdy and SCIAC Athlete of the Year Maddie Kauahi. The Sagehens went on to the NCAA National Championships where they finished ninth overall, which was their highest finish since the 1990's.

The last SCIAC Championship of the season belonged to the Pomona-Pitzer women's water polo team who won back-to-back SCIAC Championships the past two years and moved on to play in the opening round of the NCAA Tournament. Alex Rodriguez and his team finished the regular season undefeated in SCIAC play earning him SCIAC Coach of the Year along with SCIAC Athlete of the Year in Jocelyn Castro.

The women's side also saw second place finishes from golf who ended the year ranked No. 11th in the nation and tennis who finished the year ranked seventh. Softball, lacrosse and women's soccer also made conference postseason appearances as softball finished with a program best in wins and third in the SCIAC, women's soccer finished second in the conference and lacrosse ended the year in third.

In total, the Sagehens captured six combined SCIAC Championships, seven SCIAC Athletes of the Year and four SCIAC Newcomers of the Year.

The SCIAC All-Sports Trophies are awarded to the institution(s) with the highest point total in the 21 conference sports. Regular season standings are awarded points, ten to the champion, eight for a second place finish then -1 through the order of finishes. 

2017-18 All-Sports Combined Trophy Points

All-Sports Combined

All-Sports Men

All-Sports Women

Claremont-Mudd-Scripps

159.5

Pomona-Pitzer

78

CMS

94

Pomona-Pitzer

153

Redlands

66

Pomona-Pitzer

75

Redlands

127.5

CMS

65.5

Redlands

61.5

Cal Lutheran

109

Cal Lutheran

51.5

Cal Lutheran

57.5

Chapman

104.5

Chapman

50

Chapman

54.5

Whittier

94.5

Occidental

44.5

Whittier

52.5

Occidental

92.5

Whittier

42

Occidental

48

La Verne

76

La Verne

37.5

La Verne

38.5

Caltech

38.5

Caltech

22

Caltech

16.5

 

SCIAC All-Sports Trophy Release