Relay Records Fall On First Day Of SCIAC Championships

Relay Records Fall On First Day Of SCIAC Championships

Whittier, Calif. - The Pomona-Pitzer Men's Swimming and Diving team set records in both the 200 medley and the 800 freestyle relays to earn second place finishes on the first day of the SCIAC Swimming and Diving Championships. 

The 800 freestyle relay team broke a school mark that had stood since 1988, as the team of freshman Spencer Satz, senior Kevin Byrne, sophomore Danny Villars and freshman Mark Hallman hit the wall in 6:50.69, breaking the old mark of 6:51.24, which had stood for 27 years since it was set by Steve Smith, Jon Gavenman, Thomas Kendall and Jeff Rhyne. 

Hallman (pictured entering the pool) swam a 1:39.10 on his anchor leg to help Pomona-Pitzer climb up to second place and set the record. It was the fastest leg for anyone in the race. 

The school mark wasn't the only drama in the 800 free relay as the consolation heat saw a down to the wire finish with the Pomona-Pitzer "B" team winning by just four hundredths of a second over CMS. Senior Andrew Savage swam the final leg and made up a five second deficit to edge the Stags 6:59.55 to 6:59.59 in a race that was too close to call until the times popped up on the board. Austin Abrams, Jason Xu and Tommy Turner swam the first three legs. 

The opening relay also saw a Pomona-Pitzer record as sophomore Daniel To (backstroke), sophomore Kyle Dalrymple (breaststroke), Villars (butterfly) and senior Hugh Berryman (free) clocked a 1:31.40, finishing in second place by less than a second behind CMS.  That broke the record set last year by just over one second. 

Day two of the SCIAC Championships will take place tomorrow at Whittier College, with prelims at 9 a.m. and finals at 5 p.m.