CMS Seniors Soar Past La Verne

Claremont-Mudd-Scripps swimming and diving dominated University of La Verne on Senior Day and remains undefeated before the team's upcoming clash with Pomona-Pitzer tomorrow, Feb. 6. After their Senior Day victory against La Verne last weekend, the CMS swimming and diving teams are looking to continue their success as they close out the season against P-P. 

The Stags won 188-43, and the Athenas defeated La Verne 170-58, together placing first in all but four events.

Clocking in at 1:27.71, one of the men’s 200-yard freestyle relay teams set a new pool record. This was the last home meet race for senior relay members Joe Hinton CM '16 and Alex Poltash CM '16.

Saturday also marked the last home meet for Hannah Bower CM '16, Madison Gebhard CM '16, Maya Kale CM '16, Bridget Moran CM '16, Zach Alleva CM '16, Cory Johnson HM '16, McClatchy Ruskin RD '16, and Matthew Valentine HM '16.

According to Kelly Ngo CM '17, the Senior Day atmosphere contributed to the teams’ solid performances.

“We had a lot of fast swims because it was our Senior Day,” Ngo said. “That got people pretty pumped. It was just a good environment to lead up to this weekend.”

For the Athenas, Carli Lessard HM '17 finished first in the 1- and 3-meter dive events with National Collegiate Athletic Association zone qualifying scores of 257.35 and 296.10, respectively. Divers Victor Ginelli CM '18 and Patrick Quarberg CM '18 also surpassed the NCAA qualifying marks in the both events.

Noah Deer CM ‘18, Riley Hoffman CM ‘19, Ngo, and Poltash each swam in three winning races, while seven other students each had two event wins. Ngo, who just returned from studying abroad, felt the meet allowed her to gauge where she and the teams stand as they near the end of the season.

“We have SCIACs coming up in two weeks, so every swim that I do is really important to see what level I’m at,” Ngo said. “As a team, it was a pretty good meet— we built up to a good finish.”

Head coach Charlie Griffiths noted that he expects the teams to have found their rhythm by this point in the season.

“After a full season of training, we’re [at] a point where the swimmers should have their race strategies pretty well set and should be able to go out and perform well,” Griffiths said. “That’s what we wanted to do on Saturday, and I thought we did a fine job of it.”

Before the SCIAC Championships, however, the two dominant forces of the season are preparing to clash; the Stags and Athenas will face up against P-P at 10 a.m. for diving and 11 a.m. for swimming on Saturday, Feb. 6, at Haldeman Pool. Both teams remain undefeated in the conference going into this last meet of the regular season.

Jackson Crewe HM '19, who brought the Stags two wins and set the second highest pool record for the 400-yard individual medley, anticipates high levels of spirit and competition on Saturday.

“It’s by far the biggest meet,” Crewe said. “I’ve been told it’s the meet that has the most energy, and I usually swim well when there’s so much yelling and cheering … We have a lot of depth, so it’ll be fun having to go check the score after every event being like, ‘What’s the score now?’”

Despite the excitement surrounding the meet, Ngo stated that the teams aim to remain focused moving forward.

“We have to be classy, as our coach would say, because we want to do our best,” Ngo said. “They [P-P] are also going to be bringing their A-game, so it’s important to just keep focused and work hard this week—just do what we normally do, and do what we do best.”

Griffiths said he hopes for the best in what should be a close meet. 

“Both teams are nationally ranked and appear to be fairly close on paper, so we’re excited to swim fast, dive well, and see what happens,” Griffiths said.

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