Hallman Earns Another Title, Wins SCIAC Newcomer Of Year

Hallman Earns Another Title, Wins SCIAC Newcomer Of Year

Whittier, Calif. - Freshman Mark Hallman (pictured) took first place in the 100-yard freestyle on the final day of the SCIAC Swimming and Diving Championships on Sunday, and earned the league's Newcomer of the Year honor, it was announced after the meet. 

Hallman finished first in both the 100 and 200 freestyle over the weekend, as well as a close second in the 500. He also anchored the 400 freestyle relay in the final event of the meet, and improved Pomona-Pitzer from fourth place to second over the final 100 yards. 

The Sagehens finished second overall at the meet with 824 points to CMS, which 1148.5 points. Redlands came in third with 575 points. Sophomores Daniel To and Kyle Dalrymple earned All-SCIAC honors in the 200-yard backstroke and 200-yard breaststroke, respectively, while the 400-yard freestyle relay team of seniors Andrew Savage, Hugh Berryman, Eirik Hansen and Hallman earned All-SCIAC distinction as well for their second place finish. 

Hallman trailed Alex Poltash of Claremont-Mudd-Scripps by a half-second at the 50-yard mark, but turned it on over the final 50 to come from behind and win 45.36 to 45.57 with a strong push to the wall. The time was a new school record, breaking the old mark of 46.16 held by Ben Komer since 2002. 

Dalrymple also broke his own school record in the 200-yard breaststroke to finish third with a 2:06.21. He broke his previous mark of 2:06.56 with a 2:06.42 in the prelims, then broke it again in the finals. To was third in the backstroke with a 1:53.34, while sophomore Tommy Turner barely missed All-SCIAC in the 1650, finishing fourth with a 16:14.90, three-tenths of a second out of third place.

The Sagehens will await possible NCAA qualifcations from the many swimmers and relay teams who earned NCAA "B" cuts over the weekend.