CLAREMONT, CA – If you're a fan of Pomona-Pitzer's Swimming and Diving programs, you won't have to go far to watch the most anticipated SCIAC dual meet of the season, as the Sagehens walk across Sixth Street to face Claremont-Mudd-Scripps this Saturday at 10:30 a.m.
The match-up could not be any closer, with the men's and women's teams from each program entering the weekend undefeated in conference meets.
From the Coach: "At this point in the season us coaches focus on positive encouragement, keeping the energy high on the teams and reminding our athletes about all the hard work they've done to get to this point," said Head Coach Jean-Paul Gowdy.
"While winning would be an accomplishment worth celebrating, what we are targeting is being at our best at the SCIAC Championships in two weeks. Last year the women used a win in the dual meet to help catapult us to a SCIAC championship, but ultimately win or lose this weekend we have our eye on the SCIAC and NCAA Championships for both programs."
The Rankings: All four teams are currently ranked amongst the top-25 programs in the latest College Swimming Coaches Association of America (CSCAA) poll. The Sagehens men's team is currently ranked No. 17 while the women's team sits at No. 24. The Stags are ranked No. 18 and the Athenas are No. 19.
Top Swimmers: Both Pomona-Pitzer and CMS boast multiple SCIAC Athlete of the week winners. On the men's side Daniel To (AOW release), Teddy Koerner (AOW release), and Danny Villars (AOW release) have earned the honor for the Sagehens. For CMS, Kendall Hollimon and Matthew Williams have been named AOW.
For the women's teams, Maddie Kauahi (AOW release) and Sabrina Kwan (AOW release) have earned SCIAC Athlete of the Week honors for Pomona-Pitzer. Jocelyn Crawford and Ivy Chen have earned the honor for CMS. In addition, Kauahi has twice been named CollegeSwimming.com SCIAC Swimmer of the Week.
Top Divers: The competition off the platform will not be one to miss with the Sagehens and the Athenas both sending top divers. Ellan Wang has had an phenomenal start to her collegiate career. The freshman has set Haldeman Pool records and made an NCAA cut. For the Athenas, Carli Lessard has set pool records of her own.
What to Know: The Sagehens women's team is looking for back-to-back seasons of undefeated SCAC dual meets. The Pomona-Pitzer men's senior class has gone 28-3 in SCIAC dual meet competition during their career with the Sagehens, with their only blemishes coming against the Stags.