Scholten Breaks Another Sagehen Record At Finis Invitational

Scholten Breaks Another Sagehen Record At Finis Invitational

South Gate, Calif. – Senior All-American swimmer Max Scholten (Boulder, Colo. - pictured) broke a 23-year old Pomona-Pitzer record in the 200-yard individual medley, his second Sagehen record of the weekend, at the Finis Collegiate Invitational this weekend at the Southgate Aquatic Center.

Scholten swam the 200-yard individual medley in a time of 1:53.67, breaking the old Pomona-Pitzer  mark held by Steve Smith, who recorded a 1:54.01 back in 1988. It was his second program record of the weekend, as he also broke his own record in the 200-yard backstroke on Friday, when he touched the wall in a time of 1:49.15, breaking his mark of 1:49.17 set in the NCAA Championships last year and winning the Finis Invitational race by over two seconds.

Scholten earned an automatic qualification for the 2012 NCAA Division III Championships in the 200-yard backstroke at the Finis Invitational, which is an NCAA-sanctioned event. Scholten will now also be in the running for qualification in the 200 IM, as his 1:53.67 earned him an NCAA "B" (provisional) cut, and in the 100-yard backstroke, where he finished with a 50.85 on Sunday.

Among Finis Invitational competitors, Scholten finished second overall in the 200 IM (first among NCAA swimmers) behind only unattached Sergio Moline (1:53.38), and first in the 100 back. Scholten's previous personal-best time in the 200 IM came in the 2009-10 season (2:00.63), as he competed in the event in the first time this winter.

Freshman Hugh Berryman (Gilbert, Ariz.) also had a strong performance over the weekend, as he moved into fourth place in Pomona-Pitzer history in the 50-meter freestyle with a time of 21.37, six-tenths of a second behind the school record held by Ben Komer (2001) at 20.77. Senior Tyler Harp of Redlands was first at the Finis Invitational with a time of 20.90, while Berryman's time was good for second. Scholten, who holds the second-fastest 50-yard freestyle time at Pomona-Pitzer with a 20.96 in 2010, was fifth in the race with a 21.59.

Scholten, senior Vince Giannotti (Santa Cruz, Calif.), freshman Kevin Lu (Danville, Calif.) and senior Joe LaBriola (Sacramento, Calif.) were part of a 400-yard freestyle relay team that came in second with a 3:15.75 time (first among Division III relay teams) as NAIA Cal Baptist edged out the Sagehens with a 3:15.05. Scholten then swam the anchor leg of a 200-yard freestyle relay, along with LaBriola, Berryman and Giannotti, as the Sagehens finished third (first among Division III teams) behind Cal Poly and Cal Baptist with a time of 1:27.42.

Freshman Larissa Nakatsu had the top performance on the women's side, finishing second in the 100-yard freestyle with a 57.12, just behind senior Jennifer Bates of Redlands (57.04). She was also 10th in the 50-yard freestyle with a 25.67, in an event that was dominated by swimmers from Division I Cal Poly, which accounted for six of the top eight. Nakatsu was second among NCAA Division III swimmers behind Jeanette Dove of UC Santa Cruz.

Freshman Hannah Robertson also came in seventh overall (third in Division III) in the 100-yard breaststroke with a time of 1:09.01, tying her for sixth on the Pomona-Pitzer all-time list.

The Pomona-Pitzer Men's and Women's Swimming teams will take three weeks off for final exams and the Holidays, before returning to action in January.