THOUSAND OAKS, CA. – The Pomona-Pitzer Women's Swim and Dive Team kicked off 2018 with a second place finish at the Chris Knorr Invitational hosted by Cal Lutheran University. Competing against a Division II program like Fresno Pacific University as well as Chapman, UC Santa Cruz, and Cal Lutheran, the Sagehens finished with 594.0 points behind meet-winner Fresno Pacific. The Sagehens took first-place in two events, finishing with several close results that could have ended in their favor.
The Sagehens scored their first points in the 400 Yard Medley Relay, with their 'A' team taking second place at a time of 4:09.77 and earning 34 points. The team comprised mainly of underclassmen, including Sabrina Kwan, Adele Myers, Hannah Zurmuhl, and Allison Liu.
Kirsten Mortimer was the top finisher for the Sagehens in the 200 Freestyle, taking third overall at 2:00.14. With seven swimmers in the top-16 at that event, the Sagehens secured 61 points for a total of 95 points after three events.
Sarah Jin and Allison Liu took second and third place, respectively, in the 100 Backstroke. Jin finished at 1:00.59 while Liu crossed at 1:02.03. The Hens saw three in the top-16 to take 44 points from the event. MacKenzie Cummings was the highest finisher from Pomona-Pitzer in the 100 Breaststroke, crossing at 1:12.50 for third place. In the 200 Butterfly, Anna Newman took first-place, beating Bavi Basra of Fresno Pacific by a second at a time of 2:13.76. Myers and Molly Weinstock took sixth and seventh, respectively, to earn the Hens 47 points total from that event.
Maddie Kauahi led the Hens in the 50 Freestyle, taking second place at 24.38, as six total Hens finished within the top-16 to earn a combined total of 65 points. Kauahi later took first place in the 100 Freestyle at 52.82 while Mortimer finished in fourth at 55.41. Seven Sagehens finished within the top-16 to earn a total of 77 points.
In the three-meter dive, Emma van der Veen finished in second place at 250.45, just 18.70 points behind event-winner Kelly Toole of Chapman. She took third in the one-meter dive at 218.00.
Newman led the Hens in the 200 backstroke with a third-place finish at 2:14.95 while Jin finished behind in fifth at 2:15.91.
Senior Alex Seidel took second place in the 100 Butterfly at 1:00.57 while Angela Ling followed behind in third at 1:01.09. The Sagehens as a team performed well in the event, securing six top-16 finishes to give the Hens 64 more points to their meet total.
Up Next: The Sagehens will face University of La Verne in a dual meet on Saturday, January 13 at 10:30 a.m.