CLAREMONT, CA. – The Pomona-Pitzer Men's Swim and Dive team took a hard-earned victory in their home debut at Haldeman Pool, defeating Concordia University, Irvine in a dual meet 192 to 60. The Sagehens took first place in 13 of 16 events at the meet, with some standout showings from their freshmen.
The home side opened up with a first place victory in the 400 Yard Medley Relay as their A team comprised of Jason Lu, Nick Lewis, Greg Havton, and Lukas Ming Menkhoff won at 3:30.50. The B team which consisted of Nikhil Kundu, Teddy Koerner, Jack Montoro, and Liam O'Shea took second at 3:35.04. Will Abele won the 200 Freestyle, clocking in at 1:43.84 while his teammate Jack Swanson took second at 1:46.20. Over in the 50 Backstroke, Kundu won first at 24.53 seconds.
Menkhoff breezed through the 50 Breaststroke at 26.55 seconds to take first. He later won the 50 Butterfly at 22.97 seconds. Havton took first in the 100 Butterfly at 52.40 while his teammate Riley Kinlaw took second at 54.55.
Over at the diving boards, freshman Benjamin Willet shone in the 1-meter dive, putting up 288.20 points for the win. Another freshman Jem Stern won the 3-meter competition at 285.35 points.
Senior Erik Garcia won the 100 Backstroke event after clocking in well ahead of the competition at 54.15 while Abele took second at 54.89. Wesley Chang won the 100 Breaststroke at 1:00.58 and Swanson took the mid distance victory, winning the 500 Freestyle at 4:49.40. O'Shea clinched the 400 IM at 4:06.98 and Lu followed extremely closely in second by just .01 second, clocking in at 4:06.99.
In the final event of the afternoon, the Sagehens won the 400 Freestyle Relay as the A team comprised of Havton, Garcia, Archie Spindler, and Menkhoff took first at 3:11.38, just less than seven seconds over the second place finisher.
Up Next: The Sagehens will compete again on Saturday, November 3rd when they travel to Fresno, CA to face Fresno State and Fresno Pacific at 12:00 p.m.