COMMERCE, CA. – The Pomona-Pitzer men's swim and dive team climbed to first place on the second day of the Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Championship meet, accumulating 397.5 points to take a 48.5-point lead over cross-street rival Claremont-Mudd-Scripps. The Sagehens produced strong results throughout the day, taking first place in all four events they competed in and setting two meet records.
In the 1-Meter diving preliminaries, Bilguun Altantulkhuur broke the NCAA B cut, scoring 481.75, placing in second and qualifying for the nationals.
Mark Hallman prevailed to a record-breaking finish in the 500-Yard Freestyle, edging out Cal Lutheran's Ben Brewer by 0.33 seconds with a meet record time of 4:26.66. His victory earned the Sagehens 22 meet points. Zachary Senator took fourth in the same event at 4:33.74. Both Hallman and Senator broke the NCAA B Cut to qualify for the NCAA.
Samuel To won the 200 Individual Medley with a time of 1:50.01 while his teammate Liam O'Shea followed closely behind at 1:50.53. To's time was recorded as the fastest time in Sagehen history. The two swimmers combined for 41 meet points to propel the Sagehens up the standings. Both times beat the NCAA B Cut.
Continuing where he left off, Lukas Ming Menkhoff proved one of the top swimmers in the short distance, taking first place in the 50 Freestyle at 20.59 while his teammate Adrian Hui followed closely in second by a hand's length at 20.81. The two swimmers garnered 41 points combined and broke the NCAA B Cut.
To close it out, Menkhoff, To, Hallman, and Hui combined for a first-place finish in the 200 Freestyle Relay, setting the SCIAC Meet, open, and school record at 1:21.34. The four boys beat the NCAA B Cut time.
Up Next: The Sagehens will resume swimming in day 3 of the SCIAC Championship Meet, kicking off the preliminaries at 9 a.m. and swimming in the final at 5 p.m.