CMS swim and dive team dominates Chapman in first SCIAC meet

Riley Hoffman CM ’19 swims freestyle in CMS’ meet against Chapman Nov. 10. (Courtesy of CMS Athletics)

The Claremont-Mudd-Scripps men’s and women’s swim and dive teams cruised to comfortable victories against Chapman in their first SCIAC meet of the season Nov. 10. The Athenas won 199-97, while the Stags took first place in all but one event, finishing the meet with a winning score of 235-56.

CMS was coming off a challenging non-conference slate to begin the season, which included losses against Division II UCSD; No. 9 Chicago; and No. 10 Washington University in St. Louis. However, this early experience seemingly paid off, as CMS dominated Chapman.

For the men’s team, Tyler Welty CM ’19 won both breaststroke events, with times of 58.07 in the 100-yard race and 2:10.30 in the 200-yard race, while Marco Conati HM ’21 took the 100-yard backstroke at 53.95 and 100-yard fly at 51.92.

“I think the team performed really well, especially coming off another meet last weekend and going straight to work this weekend,” said Michael Lee CM ’22, who won both the 1,650-yard and 200-yard freestyle.

The women’s team had an equally impressive showing, earning a handful of wins across multiple events. Highlights included Ava Sealander SC ’22 winning the 400-yard individual medley at 4:46.25 and the 50-yard free at 24.55.

In addition, Jocelyn Crawford CM ’20, Janet Tran CM ’21, Laurel Krovitz SC ’22, and Sealander took the 200-yard freestyle relay, clocking in at 1:40.22. They barely beat out teammates Augusta Lewis CM ’22, Emma Stacy SC ’19, Riley Hoffman CM ’19, and Allie Umemoto SC ’21, who finished with a time of 1:41.88.

Annie Farley CM ’22 completes a dive in the first SCIAC meet of the season Nov. 10. (Courtesy of CMS Athletics)

“I thought we had a very solid meet,” head coach Charlie Griffiths said. “The team brought energy, performed well … We definitely have a group that works hard, and they’re excited to race, excited to train, excited to be with each other.”

Off to a strong start to the SCIAC season, CMS is looking to improve upon their win over Chapman and continue to succeed moving forward.

“We’re headed in a really good direction,” said Andrew Bradjan CM ’22, who won the 400-yard individual medley with a time of 4:09.82. “We’re going to need to keep that energy going throughout the season.”

The next test for CMS will come Nov. 17 in a tri-meet against SCIAC foes Occidental and Caltech.

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