Scholten Wins Twice, But Redlands Captures Meet

Scholten Wins Twice, But Redlands Captures Meet

Claremont, Calif. - All-American Max Scholten (pictured) held off tough challenges from Jeff Depew to win the 100-yard and 200-yard backstroke on Saturday, but Redlands cruised to a 203-84 win in the overall meet.

The loss drops Pomona-Pitzer to 3-2 overall in dual meets and 2-2 in the SCIAC so far this season.

Scholten was pushed by Depew in both of his top events, as he won the 200-yard in just under one second (1:55.79 to 156.63). The 100-yard also saw a tight race heading into the final turn, but Scholten was able to touch the wall first in 52.21 (to 53.15 for Depew).

Redlands was able to win the rest of the events, though, as the Bulldogs cruised to the overall team win. Pomona-Pitzer's J.P. Cumming had a strong race in the 1000-yard freestyle, as he won a close battle for second with a time of 10:28.25 (Redlands' David Sekula won the event in 10:12.10).

Chris Wright also finished strong in the 200-yard butterfly for the Sagehens, as he finished a close second to Chris Depew after trailing two Redlands swimmers by several body lengths at the midway point before rallying into second place and nearly catching Depew for first before running out of time.

Pomona-Pitzer nearly closed out with a win in the 400-yard freestyle relay, but Tyler Harp was able to hold off Scholten on the final leg. The Sagehens' time of 3:13.36 broke the old Haldeman Pool record, but so did Redlands' time of 3:12.63.

Harp also won the 50-yard and the 100-yard freestyle events, and tied for first with teammate Clint Freeman in the 200-yard.

The Sagehens will be back in action next weekend when they host Caltech in a 10:30 a.m. meet.