NORFOLK, VA. – The Pomona-Pitzer Swimming and Diving teams were named to the College Swimming and Diving Coaches Association of America (CSCAA) Division III Scholar All-American Teams as announced by the CSCAA.
The Sagehens are coming off of a historic season for both the men and the women. Both programs finished inside the top-10 at the NCAA National Championship for the first time in school history as the men finished in eighth overall and the women took ninth.
The Sagehens join MIT and Stanford as the only schools across all divisions to be among the top-10 in both GPA for both programs and had both programs finish inside the top-10 at NCAA's. The men's team finished with a team GPA of 3.56 while the women finished with a team GPA of 3.67.
The men's program crowned their first-ever national champion in freshman Lukas Menkhoff who won the 100 breast stroke as well as claimed their first-ever SCIAC Championship in 2018 with senior Mark Hallman earning the male SCIAC Athlete of the Year award. The women won their second SCIAC Championship in the past three seasons and saw junior Maddie Kauahi earn female SCIAC Athlete of the Year. Head Coach JP Gowdy was named SCIAC Coach of the Year while the Sagehens had 21 combined All-Americans and broke 23 records throughout the course of the year.
"The culture of academic and athletic excellence, and the balance that our athletes and coaches have created on the Pomona-Pitzer Swim & Dive team is one we are very proud of", said Gowdy. "To have our Swim & Dive program be in such select company of teams (with MIT & Stanford) earning men's and women's top-10 finishes academically and at NCAA's speaks to this culture and the efforts by all Sagehen Swimmers and Divers to achieve at such a high level."
The College Swimming and Diving Coaches Association of America (CSCAA) has named 710 teams to its Scholar All-America list for the Spring 2018 Semester. The teams represent 476 institutions from across all NCAA, NAIA and NJCAA Divisions. The CSCAA recognizes teams with the Scholar All-America Award for achieving a team GPA of 3.0 or higher.