Stevens Edges Sagehens In Close Meet

Stevens Edges Sagehens In Close Meet

Claremont, Calif. - The No. 11 ranked Stevens Institute of Technology Men's Swimming and Diving team rallied in the second half of the meet to take a close 141-121 decision over No. 23 Pomona-Pitzer on Friday at Haldeman Pool. 

With the loss, the Sagehens are now 1-2 in dual meets this season with a win over SCIAC rival Whittier and a narrow loss to Division II Cal Baptist. 

The Sagehens led 70-61 at the midway point of the meet, and the two teams were tied 94-94 with five events left. The Ducks then earned narrow come-from-behind wins in the 500 free, the 400 IM and the 400 freestyle relay. 

Sophomore Kyle Dalrymple (pictured) won all three of his events, contributing to a medley relay win to start the meet and then sweeping the 100 and 200 breaststroke. Sophomore Daniel To (back) and seniors Eirik Hansen (fly) and Hugh Berryman (free) also were part of the opening medley relay win. 

After Stevens won the 1000, the Sagehens took the next two events with freshman Mark Hallman winning by 2.5 seconds in the 200 free in 1:44.69 and To won the 100 back in 52.46. To also later won the 100 fly in 51.89 in the third-to-last event, his third win of the day, to give the Sagehens a chance coming down the stretch, but Stevens won the 400 IM and 400 medley relay after the final intermission.

Dalrymple's 59.79 in the 100 breast gave him a 1.2 second win in that event, while he finished in 2:12.32 in the 200 for a margin of almost two seconds. Berryman added a tight win in the 50 free, finsihing in 21.40.

After Ravi Sun came back on the freestyle leg for Stevens to edge Samuel To in the 400 IM, the Sagehens were down by 11 points and needed to finish 1-2 in the final freestyle relay to overcome the deficit, but the Ducks finished first in a bang-bang finish at the wall by .12 with Tommy Wolinski just edging out Hallman. 

Pomona-Pitzer will be back in action tomorrow when it hosts a SCIAC tri-meet with Caltech and La Verne at 11 a.m.