Swim and Dive: Freshmen Shine At Malibu Invite

Photo by Catt Ott
Photo by Catt Ott

MALIBU, CA. – The Pomona-Pitzer Men's Swim and Dive Team competed at the Malibu Invitational, hosted by Pepperdine University on Friday and Saturday afternoon. A handful of NCAA Division I and II programs like Pepperdine, San Jose State University, and Cal Baptist University were present at the meet as well as NAIA Concordia University Irvine and SCIAC member Occidental College. The Sagehens were matched against Occidental throughout the meet. 

Diving

Over at the men's diving competition, Bilguun Altantulkhuur opened his freshman campaign with a promising start, taking first place in the 3-meter diving event with a final score of 158.45. He took first place again in the 1-meter dive, scoring 179.05. His teammate, junior Michael Schuur, took second place in the 1-meter with a score of 164.35.

Individual Swimming

Freshman Lukas Menkhoff had an amazing debut and stood out among the NCAA Division III swimmers, taking first in the 200 yard freestyle (1:45.30), 50 breaststroke (27.09), and 100 freestyle (46.03). His classmate Greg Havton also impressed in his first collegiate meet, taking first in the 50 butterfly (23.58) and second in the 100 butterfly (52.78).

Will Abele took first place in the 200 butterfly (1:57.34) and third place in the 100 butterfly (53.06). Although Samuel To finished behind Abele in the 200 butterfly (1:57.64), he still had a strong afternoon with a first place finish in the 50 freestyle (21.73) and 100 individual medley (53.18).

Nathan Hahn finished in first in the 200 breaststroke (2:15.70), second in the 100 breaststroke (1:02.17), and third in the 50 breaststroke (27.88). Conner Wells took first in the 100 breaststroke (1:01.52) while Nikhil Kundu took first in the 50 backstroke (24.09) and second in the 200 backstroke (1:57.55) and 100 IM (54.45).

Sophomore Liam O'Shea participated in five events and managed to perform well, winning the 200 backstroke (1:56.97) and 100 backstroke (55.09). He also took second in the 50 freestyle (22.48) and third in the 200 freestyle (1:46.02) and 100 IM (55.71).

Relay Swimming

The Sagehens sent three teams to compete in the 300 freestyle relay. The team comprised of Menkhoff, Ryan Drover, Nick Lewis, and Erik Garcia took first place in the Division III competition, finishing at 2:12.66. Menkhoff, who swam the leadoff leg, recorded the fastest leg among Division II and III swimmers in the relay, clocking in at 21.35.

Up Next: The Sagehens will host Cal Baptist University on Friday, October 27 at 3 p.m. in Haldeman Pool.