Sagehens Sink Bulldogs for Fourth Year in a Row

Male swimmers get ready to raceThe Pomona-Pitzer Sagehens dominated the University of Redlands Bulldogs on Saturday, Nov. 19, as both the men’s and women’s swimming squads comfortably put down their opponents. This victory marks a milestone for the Pomona-Pitzer seniors since they can now comfortably say that the PPSD class of 2017 never lost to Redlands in an in-season meet.

On the men’s side, the Sagehens (4-1, 2-0 SCIAC) defeated the Bulldogs (1-1, SCIAC 1-1) by a total of 168-71. They completely swept their freestyle sprints, with Adrian Hui PO ’19 winning the 50 with a time of 21.42 and Danny Villars PO ’17 claiming victory in the 100 in 47.36. The Sagehen men also controlled the 200 freestyle, as Will Abele PO ’20 took first with the winning time of 1:45.89.

Similarly, the Pomona-Pitzer women (4-1, 2-0 SCIAC) overcame their competition from Redlands (1-1, SCIAC 1-1), ending the day with a score of 154-88. Maddie Kauahi PZ ’19 swept both freestyle sprints for the women, finishing with 24.10 in the 50 and 52.95 in the 100.

Both the men and women took charge of the 400-yard individual medley. Liam O’Shea PO ’20 came in first for the Men at 4:14.07, while Maddie Larkin PO ’17 snagged the gold with a time of 4:53.01.

In the Diving events, Ellen Wang PO ’20 finished first in the three-meter dive with a score of 229.60, also earning second place in the one-meter dive with a score of 172.20. Jeremy Goldberg PZ ’17 scored 215.95 in the one-meter dive, taking second place.  

To those familiar with the PPSD, it’s no surprise that the team continues to work as hard and perform as well as they do.

“We don’t wake up for 6 a.m. practice [just to] beat Redlands,” Peter Hansen PZ ’18 said. “We wake up that early to meet our expectation of making history and winning SCIACs for the first time in 59 years.”

Now in his third year in the program, Hansen is more than eager to boast about his team’s unity.

“PPSD is exemplary in showing that swimming and diving is a team sport as we always have multiple people cheering you on,” Hansen comments. “This definitely encourages you to swim faster or to do cool tricks off the board.”

The team took a well-deserved break from competing over the Thanksgiving season. They will next enter the pool for the University of La Verne Invitational on Dec. 2. The event will run all throughout the upcoming weekend, giving the team plenty of time to test their talents.

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