CLAREMONT, CA. – The Pomona-Pitzer Women's Swimming and Diving program will jump into the 2018-19 season tomorrow as they travel to Cal Baptist University for a dual meet at 3:00 p.m., looking to follow up from a highly successful 2017-18 season. After winning their second SCIAC title in three years and sending eight swimmers to the NCAAs for a ninth-place finish, the No. 12 Sagehens are eager to show the nation they are an aquatics powerhouse.
Last Season: In addition to winning the SCIAC Championship in convincing fashion and collecting 23 All-SCIAC honors, the Sagehens saw eight members of their swim and dive program reach the NCAA Championship and broke nine program records. Head Coach Jean-Paul Gowdy won SCIAC Coaching Staff of the year and then-junior Maddie Kauahi had a remarkable season, winning SCIAC Female Athlete of the Year. Kauahi set the program record in the 50-Yard Freestyle at the NCAA Preliminaries with a time of 23.11. At the NCAAs, the Sagehens took ninth overall thanks to a solid team showing from Kauahi, Mackenzie Cummings, Angela Ling, Sabrina Kwan, Sarah Jin, Kate Denend, Hannah Zurmuhl, and now-graduated Alex Seidel.
Key Returners: Kauahi, Cummings, Ling, Kwan, Jin, Denend, and Zurmuhl return to the program, hoping to recapture the SCIAC title and return to the NCAAs. Cummings is coming off a spectacular 2017-18 season in which she set the program records for the 100 and 200 Breaststroke, clocking at 1:04.42 and 2:22.01, respectively. The 200 Freestyle Relay team of Zurmuhl, Kwan, Denend, and Kauahi remain intact, looking to improve from their Sagehen record-setting 1:33.79 time. The record-setting 400 Medley Relay team has also retained their members as well. Emma van der Veen will return to the board after competing in the NCAA Diving Regionals last season, hoping to increase her score after taking second in SCIAC in the 3-Meter and third in the 1-Meter. Anna Newman will also return after taking first in the 400 Individual Medley at 4:32.97 at the SCIAC. Newman had a productive offseason, swimming across Lake Tahoe this past summer for charity with a time of four hours, 48 minutes, and 13 seconds.
First Years: The Sagehens welcome seven first years who will look to help the program win another SCIAC title and secure their own spots in the NCAA Championship.