CLAREMONT, CA. – The Pomona-Pitzer men's and women's swim & dive program are in Commerce, California today for the Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Championship meet, in pursuit of the conference title. Both teams are ranked within the College Swimming Coaches Association of America Top-15, with the men's program placed ninth in the nation and the women in 15th.
As one of the top-10 programs in the nation this season, the men's team is itching to make an impact in the SCIAC Championship, boasting a strong roster of record holders. The Sagehens finished the regular season in second place with a 7-1 SCIAC meet record and set three program records this past season. Lukas Ming Menkhoff has been involved with the three new records, having set the fastest time in Sagehen history for the 100 Breaststroke at 55.17 and helping his teammates set the 200 and 400 Medley Relay record. Seniors Samuel To and Mark Hallman are eager to clinch the top spots in their final SCIAC meet of their career, having amassed a handful of victories in the butterfly and freestyle, respectively. Adrian Hui continued where he left off last season, dominating in the short distance freestyle events and will look to maintain consistency in the conference meet, while Liam O'Shea aims to triumph in the distance events. Over at the boards, Bilguun Altantulkhuur will look to garner accolade, having posting over 250.00 points in both the 3 and 1-meter.
The women's program finished the season undefeated in the SCIAC, going 8-0 for first place. The Sagehens's has been marked by consistency, with several top swimmers from last season maintaining their dominance in the 2017-18 season, including Alex Seidel, Maddie Kauahi, Kate Denend, Mackenzie Cummings and Angela Ling. One of the biggest additions to the program has been freshman Anna Newman, who has impressed greatly in her debut season. Newman has managed to finish at the top in majority of the distance events, especially the 1650 Freestyle, and competed in additional events where needed to get the team extra points. Emma van der Veen will be counted on to dominate on the boards.
The championship meets will go from February 21st to the 24th. The top finishing individuals will be given an opportunity to compete in the NCAA Championships from March 21st to 24th, depending on whether their times break the NCAA B cuts.
Tickets to the SCIAC Championships will be sold on site. Admission for adults cost $10.00 while senior citizens/military/veterans admission cost $5.00. Students, faculty, and staff members with a valid ID will be admitted for free.
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