Women's Swim & Dive: No. 9 Sagehens Look To Make A Splash At NCAA

Women's Swim & Dive: No. 9 Sagehens Look To Make A Splash At NCAA

GREENSBORO, NC. - The Pomona-Pitzer Women's Swim & Dive program will be sending eight 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. The Sagehens match last season's total of qualified athletes, and will hope to improve upon their impressive ninth-place finish from last season. Ranked 9th in the nation by the College Swimming Coaches Association of America, the Sagehens boast a talented group of athletes who can impress on the national stage. Mackenzie Cummings, Maddie Kauahi, Sarah Jin, Angela Ling, Kate Denend, and Hannah Zurmuhl will be making their return to the NCAA, joined by newcomers Allison Liu and Alex Werner.

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

200 Yard Medley Relay

Mackenzie Cummings, Angela Ling, Allison Liu, and Hannah Zurmuhl currently hold the Sagehens record in the 200 Medley Relay at 1:41.92. Their combined time is the third-fastest time in the country, with the top time belonging to Kenyon College at 1:40.48.  

 

Day 2 – Thursday, March 21

200 Freestyle Relay

Kate Denend, Maddie Kauahi, Allison Liu, and Hannah Zurmuhl will kick off the second day in the 200 Freestyle Relay. The quartet currently sit in the sixth seed with a combined time of 1:34.12.  

100 Butterfly

Senior Maddie Kauahi will compete again after the relay in the 100 Butterfly, with the program record time of 55.74 seconds. Her time puts her in the 10th seed. Having competed in the freestyle events in her past NCAA trips, this will be her first time competing in the Butterfly on the national stage. 

400 Medley Relay

Cummings, Kauahi, Ling, and Zurmuhl will compete together in the 400 Medley Relay, with a combined time of 3:47.18. They currently hold the seventh-fastest time in the nation.

 

Day 3 – Friday, March 22

100 Backstroke

Angela Ling and Sarah Jin will both compete in the 100 Backstroke. Ling has broken her program-best time in the event this season at 55.15 seconds, and holds the third-fastest time in the nation. Jin currently sits in the 11th spot with a season-best time of 56.17.  

 

Day 4 – Saturday, March 23

100 Freestyle

Maddie Kauahi will compete in the 100 Freestyle as the 18th seed, boasting a season-best time of 51.35 seconds. She took 12th in the NCAA Final last season in this event with a time of 51.11 and holds the program record at 50.77. 

200 Breaststroke

First year Alex Werner will make her NCAA debut on the final day of the NCAA Championship, competing in the 200 Breaststroke. She set the Sagehens record in the event at 2:18.62 and holds the ninth seed in the race.

400 Freestyle Relay

In the final event of the championship, Kate Denend, Maddie Kauahi, Allison Liu, and Hannah Zurmuhl will compete, holding a combined time of 3:27.35. Their time sits as the 10th-best in the nation.   

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