Claremont-Mudd-Scripps weekly sports roundup

Teeana Cotangco CM ’19 drives toward the basket in the Athenas’ 62-47 win over Caltech on their Senior Day Saturday, Feb. 9. (Courtesy: CMS Athletics)

CMS women’s golf overcomes poor conditions to nab come-from-behind win

After trailing by two strokes at the end of day one against Redlands at the Los Serranos North Golf Course last Saturday, the Athenas (1-0 SCIAC) improved their score by five strokes on day two, despite poor conditions. Claremont-Mudd-Scripps outscored the Bulldogs by 17 strokes on the second day to win 625-640.

Amy Xue CM ’22 was named the SCIAC Women’s Golfer of the Week after her individual win with a two-day score of 154. Just one stroke behind her were Taylor Hughes CM ’20 and Tiffany Hu CM ’22, tied for second with a score of 155. The duo also tied with Redlands’ Annie Hay and Kendall Nicholson. In third, just one more stroke behind, was Mira Yoo CM ’21.

The Athenas return to Los Serranos, California for the first regular-season SCIAC tournament this weekend.

Hull allows one run over five innings as CMS baseball wins season-opener

The Stags (1-0) opened their 2019 season with a 9-6 win over Lewis and Clark College before the final two games between the teams and another against University of Puget Sound were canceled due to inclement weather.

Starting pitcher Justin Hull CM ’20 struck out eight over five innings of one-run ball. Relievers Nico Mannucci CM ’21, Brandon Mitchell CM ’21 and Nick DeGallier CM ’19 tossed scoreless innings, while Nick Dazell HM ’22 gave up a pair of runs and Konnor Kwok CM ’20 allowed one.

Thanks to a fifth-inning three-run home run, shortstop Zach Clarke CM ’20 led the team in RBIs on the day. Centerfielder Henri Levenson CM ’20, second baseman Patrick Gavin CM ’21, and corner infielder Marco Castillo CM ’22 — who also scored on an error — each drove in one of their own, while left fielder Kevin Nakahara HM ’20 tacked on two more.

Weather permitting, CMS will play an away doubleheader against Occidental College Saturday.

CMS women’s basketball stretches streak to 18 with 3 wins in 5 days

The Athenas (22-2, 14-1 SCIAC) posted three commanding wins over the course of five days, taking down Caltech 62-47, University of La Verne 75-43 and Occidental 80-55. The team honored seniors Corinne Bogle CM ’19, Ellery Koelker-Wolfe CM ’19 and Teeana Cotangco CM ’19 prior to the first game.

Gloria Bates CM ’20 led all CMS scorers with 32 points across all three games and added 10 rebounds. Classmate Maya Love CM ’20 followed her with 28 points on the week, and led the team with 26 rebounds.

Over the three-game stretch, CMS shot 42.6 percent from the field and upped its current winning streak to 18 games. The Athenas will play their final regular season game against Saturday against Cal Lutheran.

CMS men’s basketball battles back to preserve three-game win streak

Though things looked iffy as the Stags (17-6, 11-3 SCIAC) trailed Occidental by six after the first half of their Wednesday night game, CMS battled back to a final score of 65-57 to win its third game in five days.

Coming off a weekend 89-69 win over Caltech and a Monday 73-49 victory over La Verne, the Stags held Occidental to just 19 points in the second half to allow the comeback.

Miles President HM ’20 led CMS scorers with 37 points across the three games; Maxwell Kirsch CM ’21 followed with 36 points, all off the bench. The Stags as a whole shot 51.4 percent from the field over the three-game winning streak.

CMS will play at Cal Lutheran Saturday before hosting Chapman for Senior Day Tuesday.

CMS track looks strong against Division I field

In a Division I-heavy field, CMS’ Abby Johnson SC ’21 took fourth in the one-mile race at the indoor Howie Ryan Invitational last Friday in Houston with a time of 5:07.94. The Athenas’ next highest finish came from Natalie Marsh SC ’19, who took sixth place in the 3,000-meter, running 10:27.47.

On the men’s side, in a field that included 15 DI competitors, Miles Christensen HM ’22 won the 3,000 in a time of 8:29.48. Stevie Steinberg HM ’21 was just behind him in fourth place, going 8:33.53.

Pole vaulters Walker Quinn CM ’20 and Garegin Soghomonyan CM ’22 added ninth- and tenth-place finishes for the Stags, hitting marks of 14-feet-8.75-inches and 14-feet-2.75-inches, respectively.

The team will cross Sixth Street to compete at the Pomona-Pitzer All-Comers meet Saturday.

Athenas split softball season-openers with Whitworth

CMS (1-1) won its first game 7-2 and dropped its second 7-3 against Whitworth University in its season-opening doubleheader last Friday.

In the first game, starting pitcher Chloe Amarilla CM ’19 found success on both sides of the plate. She tossed a complete game, allowing just two earned runs, and drove in a run of her own. Despite the loss in the second game, she notched a double and triple.

Outfielder Molly Spaniac CM ’21 went 2-for-4 in both games, driving in two of the Athenas’ five runs that came in a big first game fourth inning. In addition to Amarilla and Spaniac, Maddie Valdez CM ’21, Kawai Scanlan SC ’21, Kylie Hetzel HM ’20 and Savannah Green CM ’20 each drove in a run apiece in the CMS win.

The Athenas are slated for a doubleheader against Vanguard Friday.

CMS swim and dive tunes up before SCIAC championships

In an unscored final chance to tune up before the SCIAC Championships, the Stags (11-5, 7-1 SCIAC) picked up eight event wins and the Athenas (11-4, 8-0 SCIAC) nine over rival Pomona-Pitzer Saturday at Haldeman pool.

Allie Umemoto SC ’21 got the individual races off to a solid start, posting a season-best 5:18.72 in the 500-yard freestyle and winning by nearly six seconds. Classmate Elena Kovachevich SC ’21 was the only woman under one minute in the 100-yard backstroke, going 58.52, while Stephanie Lewis CM ’21 was one of two swimmers sub-25 seconds in the 50-yard freestyle, finishing second in 24.93.

For the men, Matthew Waddell HM ’22 topped a one-two-three-four CMS finish in the 500-yard freestyle by three seconds, touching in 4:45.38. Jackson Crewe HM ’19 out-touched Pomona-Pitzer’s Will Abele PO ’20 by just .04 seconds in the 200-yard individual medley, winning in 1:57.08. The closest race of the day came from the Limm brothers — Henry HM ’20 and Walter CM ’22 — who went one-two in the 100-yard breaststroke, with Walter touching first in 58.25 and Henry second in 58.26.

On the diving end of the pool, Kendall Hollimon CM ’20 swept the men’s one-and three-meter boards, while Jacque Desmond SC ’19 topped the women’s three-meter contest.

Divers will compete for the SCIAC title this weekend at Haldeman Pool and the swimmers with head to Commerce next weekend for their own championships.

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