LAGUNA NIGUEL, CA. – The Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SCIAC) announced the All conference awards for men's and women's swimming and diving after the conclusion of the 2018 SCIAC Championship meet. Maddie Kauahi and Mark Hallman were named SCIAC Athlete of the Year and Lukas Ming Menkhoff earned Newcomer of the Year. After securing a sweep over the men's and women's SCIAC titles, Jean-Paul Gowdy and his staff were named Coaching Staff of the Year.
Pomona-Pitzer's Maddie Kauahi was named the 2018 SCIAC Female Athlete of the Year after a standout showing in the final meet, winning the 50-yard freestyle with a meet and SCIAC record time of 23.30, and the 100 Freestyle in meet record time of 50.82. She also swam anchor for the 400 Medley Relay, 200 Medley Relay, 200 Freestyle Relay, and 400 Freestyle Relay, all of which won their respective races.
Head Coach Jean-Paul Gowdy and his staff were named SCIAC Coaching Staff of the Year for women's swim and dive, having guided the women's program to their second SCIAC title in three years. He led the team to 1,166 meet points, 151 ahead of second place Claremont-Mudd-Scripps. He also helped the men's team to their first title in program history.
Mark Hallman won SCIAC Male Athlete of the Year, concluding his SCIAC career on a high note. The senior won the 200 Freestyle, 500 Freestyle, and helped the Hens win and set records in the 400 Medley Relay, 200 Freestyle Relay, 400 Freestyle Relay, and 800 Freestyle Relay.
Freshman Lukas Menkhoff was named SCIAC Newcomer of the Year after cruising to victories in the 100 Breaststroke, 100 Freestyle, and 50 Freestyle. He also set the meet record in all of those events. Menkhoff also helped the Hens set records in the 200 Medley Relay, 200 Freestyle Relay, 400 Medley Relay, and 400 Freestyle Relay.
The SCIAC also awarded All-SCIAC honors to the top-3 finalists of each event.