COMMERCE, CA. – The Pomona-Pitzer Women's Swim & Dive repeated as SCIAC Champions, winning their third title in four years. After taking back the lead after the third night, the Sagehens did everything in their power to comfortably hold the lead until the end of the night. They finished with 1114.5 meet points, 43 more than second-place Claremont-Mudd-Scripps.
"It's hard to describe the sensation," said Head Coach Jean Paul Gowdy. "We never take anything for granted. We knew we had a good team this year. From day one the seniors led with effort and a great attitude and it showed all weekend. We outperformed what we thought we could do, and we got a couple nice trophies to show for it."
The Sagehens took first place in four events out of the six that night, needing to avoid a disqualification in the final event, the 400 Yard Freestyle Relay to seal the title. The Sagehens A Team did just that as Hannah Zurmuhl, Allison Liu, Kate Denend, and Maddie Kauahi took first with a time of 3:27.35, posting the ninth-fastest time in the country. In the B Final the Sagehens placed third as Angela Ling, Lavinya Yap, Erin Bigus, and Sarah Jin placed third at 3:38.47.
"From the get-go, we started with the desire to win it all again," said senior Mackenzie Cummings. "From the beginning, we talked about wanting to repeat what we did last year. That comes from every single practice, showing up and doing what we need to do, putting in the work, and talking about SCIACs and what it takes to make a winning team. SCIACs is always on our mind."
The Sagehens took the top-two spots in the 200 Backstroke as Angela Ling finished in first at 2:03.23 while Sarah Jin followed in second at 2:04.12. Ling's time made the NCAA B-Cut. Lavinya Yap placed sixth in the event at 2:07.26 and Tori Agostini placed seventh at 2:08.12.
Maddie Kauahi finished first in the 100 Freestyle, improving her B-Cut time at 51.35 seconds while Hannah Zurmuhl finished tied for third at 51.97. Kate Denend placed eighth at 52.91. Denise Dao finished eighth in the B Final at 55.25.
First year Alex Werner won the 200 Breaststroke with a time of 2:18.62, posting the ninth-fastest time in the nation. Her classmate, Alex Gill, finished fourth at 2:21.92 and Bigus took seventh at 2:24.59.
Sabrina Kwan placed fifth in the 200 Butterfly at 2:07.82.
Up Next: The divers will compete at the NCAA Diving Regionals on Friday, March 1-2. All qualified athletes will then compete at the NCAA Swim & Dive Championships from March 20-23 in Greensboro, North Carolina.