INDIANAPOLIS, IN. – The first day of the NCAA Division III Swim & Dive Championships got off to bright start for the Pomona-Pitzer Swim and Dive team as the Sagehens earned a spot in the finals in four of the six events they competed in.
Mark Hallman earned a spot in the consolation final after taking 14th in the 500 Yard Freestyle qualifier at 4:29.73. In the consolation final, he clocked in at 4:30.50 and took 15th overall. His performance earned him an All-American Honorable Mention nod, his first in the 500.
Samuel To earned a spot in the 200 IM final after finishing in fifth in the qualifier at 1:49.03, beating his expected seed time and setting a new program record. In the final, the senior took eighth place with a time of 1:50.75, earning First Team All-American. It was his first All-American in his career.
Over in the short distance, Lukas Ming Menkhoff was tied for 10th in the 50 Free at 20.43. In the consolation final, the freshman finished tied for 13th overall at 20.42, beating his seed time and setting a new Pomona-Pitzer record. He earned All-American Honorable Mention.
Maddie Kauahi qualified for the 50 Free final after taking fifth in the qualifier at 23.11, setting a new Sagehens record. She finished in eighth in the final at 23.37, taking home First Team All-American honors.
The men's 200 Medley Relay team, comprised of Menkhoff, Ryan Drover, Adrian Hui, and Nikhil Kundu, took seventh in the qualifier at 1:29.79. They proceeded to break the Sagehen record at 1:29.33 in the final, finishing in eighth during the process.
In the final event of the evening, the women's 200 Medley Relay team which featured Kauahi, Alex Seidel, Mackenzie Cummings, and Angela Ling, took fourth in the preliminaries at 1:42.46. The girls proceeded to finish in sixth overall at 1:42.98 in the final.
The Sagehens will hit the pool again tomorrow at 7 a.m. PST for the preliminaries and 3 p.m. PST for the finals. They will be competing in the men's and women's 200 Free Relay and 400 Medley Relay, men's 400 IM, men's 200 Free, and the men's 100 Butterfly.