COMMERCE, CA. – History was made on Sunday night in the final day of the SCIAC Swim Championship as the Pomona-Pitzer Men's Swim & Dive program had their first back-to-back title win in history, just a year after winning their first SCIAC Championship. After leading steadily through the first three days of the meet, the Sagehens won comfortably on the final day with 1125.5 meet points, 148 more than second-place Claremont-Mudd-Scripps. With the women's swim & dive program as well as the men and women's basketball team winning the SCIAC Title, this marks the first time in program history that Pomona-Pitzer Athletics swept the winter SCIAC season.
"It's hard to describe the sensation," said Head Coach Jean Paul Gowdy. "We never take anything for granted. We knew we had a good team this year. From day one the seniors led with effort and a great attitude and it showed all weekend. We outperformed what we thought we could do, and we got a couple nice trophies to show for it."
The Sagehens got off to a winning start in the final night, as Paddy Baylis took first in the 1650 Yard Freestyle at 16:34.45, posting the eighth-fastest time in the country. Jack Swanson finished ninth in the event with a time of 16:24.48 while Zachary Senator took 13th at 16:51.54.
Pomona-Pitzer also won the 400 Freestyle Relay, as Lukas Ming Menkhoff, Will Abele, Archie Spindler, and Ryan Drover combined for a time of 3:00.69. It was the seventh-fastest recorded time in the nation. In the B-Final, Nathan Hahn, Nick Lewis, Teddy Koerner, and Erik Garcia combined for a second-place finish at 3:08.37. "We wanted to start off setting the tone in the first night," said senior Ryan Drover. "We have a really strong relay team and that's what we take a lot of pride in. With the 800 Free Relay and 200 Medley in the first night, we wanted to start off with a good lead going in and gain some solid confidence."
Over in the 200 Backstroke, Jason Lu took second at 1:48.56 while teammate Liam O'Shea finished third at 1:50.01. Both swimmers made the NCAA B-Cut with their times. Erik Garcia placed in fifth at 1:52.71. Over in the B Final, Nikhil Kundu took the top at 1:52.97.
Up Next: The divers will compete at the NCAA Diving Regionals on Friday, March 1-2. All qualified athletes will then compete at the NCAA Swim & Dive Championships from March 20-23 in Greensboro, North Carolina.