GREENSBORO, NC. - The Pomona-Pitzer Men's Swim & Dive program will be sending nine athletes to the 2019 NCAA Swimming & Diving Championship held in the Greensboro Aquatics Center in Greensboro, North Carolina from Wednesday, March 20 to Saturday, March 23. This is the highest amount of swimmers to qualify for the NCAA Championship in Sagehens Men's Swim & Dive history, just one more than last season's team of eight. Ranked 10th in the nation by the College Swimming Coaches Association of America, the Sagehens will look to improve upon their historic eighth place finish in the NCAA from last season.
Ryan Drover, Will Abele, Lukas Ming Menkhoff, Nikhil Kundu, and Jack Swanson will be making their return to the national stage and will be joined by NCAA newcomers Jason Lu, Archie Spindler, Paddy Baylis, and Nick Borowsky.
The preliminary rounds for each day will happen at 7:00 a.m. PST and the Finals will take place at 3:00 p.m. PST. The events can be streamed live at NCAA.com.
Day 1 - Wednesday, March 20
Will Abele qualified for three individual events; the 500 Freestyle, 200 Freestyle, and the 200 Butterfly. The junior will be competing in the opening event at the 500 Freestyle, holding the seventh-fastest time in the nation at 4:27.60. Joining him is freshman Paddy Baylis who holds the 11th-best time in the nation at 4:28.02.
200 Yard Medley Relay
Nicholas Borowsky, Ryan Drover, Nikhil Kundu, and Lukas Ming Menkhoff will look to take the top spot in the 200 Yard Medley Relay, as they have combined for the 14th-best time in the nation at 1:29.94.
Day 2 – Thursday, March 21
400 Individual Medley
Freshman Jason Lu makes his NCAA debut in the 400 IM, holding the 13th seed with a time of 3:56.53.
Senior Ryan Drover will make his individual event debut in the 100 Butterfly. He will enter the race as the 12th seed, posting a season-best time of 44.65, just 0.05 seconds off his career-best back in 2018.
Abele will compete for the second straight day, as he embarks for a spot in the final race at the 200 Freestyle. He holds the 13th-fastest seed time as 44.70 seconds.
Day 3 – Friday, March 22
Will Abele makes another appearance, this time in the 200 Butterfly, where he holds the 16th seed with a time of 1:49.34.
Sophomore Lukas Ming Menkhoff will look to defend his NCAA Title in the 100 Yard Breaststroke, having won it in 2018 with a program record time of 53.39 seconds. The Singapore-native has his eyes on a repeat performance, with his best time this season coming at 54.13, the second-fastest in the country. Standing in his way in the top-seed is Collin Miller of University of Wisconsin – Eau Claire who holds a time of 53.62.
800 Freestyle Relay
Day 4 – Saturday, March 23
Paddy Baylis currently holds the program record in the 1650 freestyle at 15:34.45, putting him in the eighth seed for this distance event.
Lukas Menkhoff will compete in the 100 Freestyle, holding the 13th-fastest time in the nation at 44.70.
400 Freestyle Relay
The Sagehens will finish their NCAA Trip with the 400 Freestyle Relay as Will Abele, Ryan Drover, Lukas Menkhoff, and Archie Spindler will look to take the top spot. The quartet hold the seventh seed with a combined time of 3:00.69.