INDIANAPOLIS, IN. – A milestone was reached by the Pomona-Pitzer Swim and Dive program, as both the men's and women's team finished in the top-10 in the same season for the first time in program history. The men's team finished in eighth overall, scoring 192 meet points total as Denison College won the national championship with 596.5 points. The women's team took ninth place, scoring 135 total points, as Emory took the national title at 603 points.
"This weekend was certainly busy. We had a sense we could finish this high, but actually having it happen is a really nice feeling for the swimmers," said Head Coach Jean-Paul Gowdy after the meet. "It's a remarkable achievement for our community. I couldn't be more proud of them. The credit goes to those who did the swimming. I really didn't have time to soak it all in, but we're lucky to have the swimmers we have on our team and the supporters such as the coaches, trainers, and the students who stayed behind in Claremont."
Lukas Menkhoff finished in 14th in the Men's 100 Yard Freestyle Preliminaries, clocking in at 44.93 to reach the consolation final. His teammate Mark Hallman fell short of taking a final spot, finshing in 21st at 45.26. Menkhoff proceed to finish in first in the consolation heat, taking 9th overall at 44.22. He earned All-American Honorable Mention.
Maddie Kauahi took 11th in the women's 100 Free at 51.07 to reach the consolation final. She finished 12th overall with a time of 51.11. She took All-American Honorable Mention.
Liam O'Shea earned his first All-American Honorable mention after qualifying for the consolation final with a 13th place finish in the 200 Back in the prelims. He clocked in at 1:49.06. He proceeded to take 14th overall at 1:49.07.
The men's 400 Freestyle Relay team, which comprised of Menkhoff, Hallman, Samuel To, and Ryan Drover, finished in eighth in the preliminaries at 3:00.39. The team proceeded with an outstanding showing in the final, taking third overall at 2:59.08. This time was a new program record.
Kauahi, Hannah Zurmuhl, Kate Denend, and Alex Seidel reached the consolation final for the 400 Freestyle Relay, taking 12th in the prelims at 3:27.75. They went on to take 11th overall with a time of 3:27.10. Their final time was a new Sagehen record.
In what has been a remarkable season, the Sagehens look to build upon the success for both programs.
"Every year is a new year," said Coach Gowdy. "Each year will have their positives and obstacles. We have some returning athletes who have that gleam in their eye and are hungry for more. The future is bright for both teams."