Swim and Dive: Sagehens Earn Strong Results At Malibu Invite

Photo by Catt Ott
Photo by Catt Ott

MALIBU, CA. – The Pomona-Pitzer Women's Swim and Diving Team competed at the Malibu Invitational, hosted by Pepperdine University on Friday and Saturday afternoon. A handful of NCAA Division I and II programs like Pepperdine, San Jose State University, and Cal Baptist University were present at the meet as well as NAIA Concordia University Irvine and SCIAC member Occidental College.


First year Emma van der Veen also had a perfect start to her collegiate career, taking first place and scoring 196.15 in the 1-meter diving event. She followed up with a win in the 3-meter event, scoring 192.35.

Individual Swimming

Sophomore Sabrina Kwan secured first place in the 200 yard butterfly (2:13.16) by more than two seconds ahead of first year Anna Newman (2:15.50). She also took first in the 100 individual medley (1:04.54) and second in the 50 butterfly (27.61) behind junior Madison Kauahi (26.72). Kauahi had a solid afternoon in the short distance races, winning the 50 freestyle (24.65) and 100 freestyle (54.61).

Angela Ling cruised through the backstroke competitions, winning the 200 backstroke (2:13.57), 100 backstroke (59.41), and 50 backstroke (27.37). First year Kirsten Mortimer had a solid collegiate debut, winning the 200 freestyle (2:00.76) and taking second in the 100 freestyle (55.60).

First year Mikaela Nishida took first in the 100 butterfly (1:01.95) and sophomore Hannah Dorris earned second in the 50 breaststroke (34.03) and 100 breaststroke (1:12.73).

Relay Swimming

Pomona-Pitzer sent three teams to the 300 freestyle relay and their swimmers took the 1-2-3 spot. The winning team featured Kauahi at the leadoff followed by Kwan, Kate Denend, and Alex Seidel. The ladies finished at 2:12.66 and Kauahi recorded the fastest leg among Division I, II, and III athletes at 24.96.

Up Next: The Sagehens will return home to host Cal Baptist University on Friday, October 27 at 3 p.m.