Five Sagehen greats were recently inducted into the Pomona-Pitzer Athletic Hall of Fame. Brenda (Peirce) Barnett PO ’92, Amanda Harris PZ ’93, Nathan Busse PO ’97, Kelli Howard PO ’04 and Adam Gardner PO ’04 rounded out the Hall of Fame Class of 2014 as they were honored at a dinner ceremony on Saturday, Nov. 1.
Barnett was undefeated in SCIAC dual matches and SCIAC Tournament play in four years of playing tennis in both singles and doubles. The ’92 Senior Class President helped P-P win four straight SCIAC team titles and led the Sagehens to a national title her senior year.
As a member of the swim team, Harris earned 25 All-SCIAC honors. The SCIAC Athlete of the Year in both her junior and senior season proceeded to rewrite the P-P sprint swimming record book and earn multiple All-American honors.
Busse ran track for the Sagehens and excelled in the 400-meter hurdles, taking four straight SCIAC titles in the event. The winner of the SCIAC MVP in his sophomore year also earned four All-SCIAC honors in the 400m and two in the 110m hurdles. Busse remains in second place on P-P’s all-time 400m hurdles record board.
As women’s tennis team captain and MVP in her final three seasons on the team, Howard earned All-American honors in singles in her junior and senior seasons and in doubles her sophomore, junior and senior seasons. In her final year, Howard was ranked No. 1 in the West Region, won the fall West Region doubles title and was second in the Intercollegiate Tennis Association Championships.
Gardner pitched for four years as a Sagehen and played centerfield his senior season, earning First-Team, All-SCIAC honors in his first-year and senior seasons. A team captain his junior and senior seasons, Gardner graduated with four Sagehen pitching records and helped the team to three straight SCIAC titles from 2002-2004.