CLAREMONT, CA. – The Pomona-Pitzer Men's Swim and Dive Team got off to a good start in the Sixth Street Dual Meet against Claremont-Mudd-Scripps on Friday evening, taking a 56-53 lead. The Hens set two pool records thanks to the strong performances by their relay teams.
The Sagehens opened up with a victory in the 400 Yard Medley Relay, finishing at 3:20.04, setting the Haldeman Pool Record and making the NCAA B cut. The team featured Nikhil Kundu, Lukas Menkhoff, Samuel To, and Mark Hallman.
After the relay, sophomore Will Abele got in an intense showdown on the 500 Freestyle against CMS' Ben Culberson. The two sophomores were neck-to-neck in the final stretch of the race and finished nearly at the same time. Culberson ultimately took first place for CMS at 4:37.86 while Abele finished just a millisecond behind at 4:37.89.
Lima O'Shea took second place in the 200 Individual Medley at 1:53.49 while Samuel To took fourth at 1:55.94. In the Men's 50 Yard Freestyle Adrian Hui took first at 21.05 and Ryan Franzese took fourth at 21.86.
In the final swimming event of the day, the 200 Freestyle Relay, the Sagehens took first thanks to a team featuring Hui, Menkhoff, Hallman, and To. They crossed the line at 1:23.57, setting the Haldeman Pool record.
Over at the diving boards, freshman Billy Altantulkhuur took second at 171.08 while Michael Schuur took third at 164.18.
The meet will conclude tomorrow at 11 a.m. at Haldeman Pool.