GREENSBORO, NC. – The Pomona-Pitzer Swim & Dive Program concluded their run at the NCAA Championship on a high note, notching three All-American honors, while the Men's team finished in 11th with 139.50 points and the women took seventh with 143 points. It was the second straight year the Sagehens had both the men and women finish within the top-15 together.
Paddy Baylis concluded his promising freshman campaign with a positive result, taking fourth overall in the 1650 Yard Freestyle final with a personal best and program record time of 15:25.66. Baylis managed his energy well throughout the race, conserving himself in the beginning half of the race, before bursting through the final half. He swam a 25.08 split in the final lap of the race.
Lukas Ming Menkhoff finished 15th in the 100 Freestyle preliminaries with a time of 44.92 seconds. He later finished tied for seventh in the consolation (T-15th overall) with a time of 45.08 seconds.
In the women's 200 Breaststroke, Alex Werner finished eighth in the preliminaries at 2:18.11. The first year ended her debut season with a bang, taking eighth overall in the final at 2:18.15.
Over at the women's 400 Freestyle Relay, Hannah Zurmuhl, Allison Liu, Kate Denend, and Maddie Kauahi combined for a 10th place finish in prelims at 3:27.07. They later took third in the consolation final (11th overall) with a combined time of 3:27.46.
At the final event of the evening, the men's 400 Freestyle Relay, Menkhoff, Will Abele, Archie Spindler, and Ryan Drover combined for a sixth-place finish in the prelims at 3:00.77. They placed eighth in the final at 3:01.47.
This season marked the continued resurgence of the Pomona-PItzer Swim & Dive program, following up last season's historic postseason with an equally impressive showing. In addition to winning back-to-back SCIAC Titles for both men's and women's, the Sagehens saw 17 total swimmers qualify for the NCAA, one more than last season. This year's NCAA Championship also marked the final appearances by Ryan Drover, Jack Swanson, Angela Ling, Maddie Kauahi, Sarah Jin, and Mackenzie Cummings as they all will graduate this spring. Sagehens Athletics is thankful and proud for all their accomplishments and contributions to this program.