Sagehens Finish Third At Collegiate Winter Invite

Sagehens Finish Third At Collegiate Winter Invite

Claremont, Calif. - The Pomona-Pitzer Men's Swimming and Diving team finished third out of eight teams at the 2014 Collegiate Winter Invitational, hosted by La Verne from Friday-Sunday. 

The Sagehens, who didn't compete in every event due to finals this week, finished with 1562 points as Concordia (Irvine) took the team championship with 2899.5.

The weekend was highlighted on Saturday by the school record in the 100-yard butterfly from freshman Samuel To and the first place finish and meet record in the 100-yard backstroke from sophomore Daniel To (pictured).   

Junior Andy Wright began the weekend with a fifth place finish in the 1650-yard freestyle, touching the wall in 17:02.28, over 16 seconds ahead of his seed time. Sophomore Danny Villars came in sixth in the 400-yard individual medley (4:13.71), while freshman Spencer Satz tied for seventh and moved into third place in Pomona-Pitzer history with a 4:14.43, placing him behind only school record holder Steve Smith (1988) and Villars (last year). 

Friday was capped off by a second-place finish from the 200-yard freestyle relay team of senior Eirik Hansen, freshman Mark Hallman, junior Ferrel Atkins, and senior Hugh Berryman, who finished in 1:25.58, behind only a team from Concordia. 

Saturday began with the 100-yard butterfly, as Samuel To finished second in a new Sagehen record time of 50.34, breaking a mark which had been held by James Rosenthal since 1993. Daniel To also finished third at the event in 51.86.

Hallman then moved into a tie for second place in school history in the 200-yard freestyle with a 1:43.43, placing him second at the event behind Martino Cervera of Concordia. Hallman's time was the fastest 200 free for any Sagehen since 1988. Berryman took first place in the 50 free in 21.16, winning by a full quarter of a second over John Dowd of Concordia, while Hallman tied for fourth. 

The To brothers then continued their head-to-head battle in the backstroke, with Daniel finishing first in a new meet record of 50.85 (breaking his own mark set last year), while Samuel was second in 51.54, moving him into fourth in school history. Sophomore Kyle Dalrymple added a strong swim in the 100-yard breaststroke in 58.75, finishing third. 

Saturday finished with the Sagehens winning the 400-yard medley relay, as Daniel To (Back), Dalrymple (breast), Samuel To (fly) and Berryman (free) combined for a 3:27.19 to win by 2.5 seconds over Concordia. 

Sunday saw the Sagehens only send two men's swimmers, who both performed well. Freshman Mark Rusznak was sixth in the 500 free in 4:51.50 and in the 200-yard backstroke in 2:00.17. Freshman Alexander Landau was eighth in the 200 back (2:01.63) and fifth in the 200 fly with a 1:59.45. 

The Sagehens will be off until Jan. 9, when they host the Stevens Institute of Technology.