CLAREMONT, CA. – With the 2019 SCIAC Swimming Championship around the corner, the Pomona-Pitzer Men's Swim & Dive Team are looking forward to defending their title after sweeping the conference in the dual meets this season. With a handful of returning SCIAC winners and a promising freshman core that lived up to expectations this season, the Sagehens will showcase their team's depth at Commerce, California this weekend to clinch the championship meet.
Lukas Ming Menkhoff has followed his monstrous freshman campaign with an equally impressive sophomore year, setting the school record in the 100-Yard Individual Medley at 51.17 seconds. He also broke the Haldeman Pool record in the 50 Butterfly at 22.36 seconds. He also holds the fastest times in the SCIAC in the 50 Freestyle (20.54), 100 Freestyle (44.70), 50 Breaststroke (25.47), and 100 Breast (55.15).
Will Abele has had a decorated senior season with the Sagehens, holding the fastest time in the SCIAC in the 200 Freestyle at 1:42.06 and the second-fastest in the 200 Butterfly at 1:53.70. He's also the third-fastest 500 Freestyle swimmer in the conference with a season-best time of 4:40.91.
Another senior, Ryan Drover, has excelled in the Butterfly races, posting conference-best times in the 50 at 22.28 and 100 at 48.65.
Freshman Paddy Baylis has been a star in the long-distance events, holding the school record in the 1000 Freestyle at 9:38.80 and the 1650 Freestyle at 15:56.77. He also holds the fastest time in the SCIAC for the 500 Freestyle at 4:35.51. Another freshman to watch for is Jason Lu who holds the fastest time in conference in the 200 Backstroke at 1:50.85 and the fastest 400 IM time in the SCIAC at 4:00.05.
Liam O'Shea has had a strong junior season, posting the second-fastest 200 Backstroke time in the SCIAC at 1:51.17 and third-fastest 400 IM time at 4:03.28.
Nikhil Kundu will look to improve upon his impressive freshman season, already excelling in the backstrokes in his sophomore year. He currently holds the second-best times in the SCIAC in the 50 at 24.16 and the 100 at 51.65.
The Sagehens will open up their title run on Thursday, February 21st to Sunday, February 24th. The preliminaries will begin at 9:00 a.m. and the final events start at 5:00 p.m.
The SCIAC Championships will take place at the Brenda Villa Aquatic Center in Commerce, Calif. General admission to the meet is $10. Military members, children under the age of 12 will be discounted at $5. Students with a SCIAC-Affiliated school ID can enter free.