CLAREMONT, CA. – The Pomona-Pitzer Dive athletes will be competing for a SCIAC Championship at Haldeman Pool this Saturday and Sunday, February 16th and 17th. After a successful showing by both the men's and women's team throughout the regular season, including a couple program records, the Sagehens are ready to take the big prize this weekend.
Over in the men's competition, 1-Meter Record holder, Bilguun Altantulkhuur makes his return to the SCIAC postseason and is itching for his first SCIAC title. In his most recent competition, the Pomona-Pitzer Invite, he scored 416.90 in the 1-meter and 433.20 in the 3-meter. Last season at the SCIAC Championship, Altantulkhuur finished second in the 1-meter with a mark of 497.45 and third in the 3-meter at 480.95. Freshman Jem Stern holds the current Sagehens record in the 3-meter dive (11 attempts), scoring 509.45 at the PP Invite. Having won three SCIAC Athletes of the Week, Stern has delivered a promising freshman campaign, making NCAA B Cuts in both events, and has a strong case to take the top spot in the SCIAC Championship meet. His fellow classmate Ben Willet has also performed at a high level, having taken second place in the 1-meter dive at the PP Invite with a score of 438.45. He also scored 451.25 in the 3-meter at the same meet.
In the women's competition, Emma van der Veen enters the SCIAC Championship with the Haldeman Pool record in the 1-meter dive (6 attempts) with a score of 261.25 back at the Caltech dual meet. In the 3-meter, the sophomore posted a season-high 241.30 at the Redlands dual meet. At the PP Invite van der Veen scored 423.05 and took first in the 3-meter (11 attempts) while taking second in the 1-meter at 405.85. Ruby Epstein has also been a top finisher among Sagehen divers, making NCAA B Cuts in the 1-meter with her best score (6 Attempts) at 252.70. Ali Flagsberg-Tsai and Elaine Liu also look to make a push to earn points for the Sagehens at the SCIAC.
The Men's 3-Meter and the Women's 1-Meter competition will be held on Saturday at 9:30 a.m. while the Men's 1-Meter and Women's 3-Meter will take place on Sunday, starting at 9:30 a.m.