Sagehens Swim Reflects on Season, Makes a Splash at Penultimate Meet

Kay Sterner PO ’17 runs through a tunnel of her teammates on Jan. 28. (Alyssa Alfonso • The Student Life)

With the rainy season subsiding and the California sun emerging from hiatus, the Pomona-Pitzer swimming and diving team took to the pool on Saturday, Jan. 28, for their long awaited Senior Day against University of La Verne.

With excitement in the air, the Sagehens celebrated their long season of victories before they took to the pool and earned another win. The hours of training have proven fruitful as the Sagehens approach their last season meet before SCIAC championships with an undefeated record.

The Sagehens brought their A-game as many shattered some of the program’s existing records set in Haldeman Pool. Notable records included Ellen Wang PO ’20, who set a new record in the three-meter dive, earning a score of 293.16 which qualified her for the NCAA Championships. The relay team of Danny Villars PO ’17, Samuel To PO ’18, Nick Lewis PO ’19, and Adrian Hui PO ’19 also set a Haldeman Pool record in the 200-yard freestyle with a new record time of 1:25.78.

Overall, the women’s swim team collectively earned first place in 10 events, both individually and in relays, and top spots in other categories. Notable events included the 200-yard medley relay, the 1000-yard freestyle, and the 200-yard freestyle. The Sagehens defeated the Leopards 211-116.

The men’s team pushed to earn 11 first place races, also earning top spots throughout the day. At the end of the day, the Sagehens were victorious over the Leopards 200-120.

Sarah Jin PO ’19 shared insights to her team’s dynamics heading into these meets, saying that the team “constantly challenges one another to be the best version of ourselves both in and out of the pool.”

Heading into future meets, the Sagehens hold excellence close to their hearts, as they strive to “work hard in silence and let success do the talking,” Jin said.

What made this meet especially important, however, was the ability to honor the graduating Sagehens. Nathan Hahn PO ’19 remarked how it was an honor “to recognize the seniors for all of their commitment to the team that is often overlooked” but greatly appreciated by their community.

Both the men’s and women’s teams will be heading to SCIAC Championships, and the Sagehens are ready to push harder than ever.

Jack Swanson PO ’19 said that the Sagehens’ goal is to make history by winning the first team SCIAC Championship since 1958, since the team’s recent championships were Pomona-Claremont.

This Saturday, the Sagehens will make the uphill trek across Sixth Street to face their archrivals, the Claremont-Mudd-Scripps Stags.

The team has “been dropping solid times over the last few weeks, but is expecting some breakthrough swims this coming weekend against CMS, as well as at SCIACs,” Nick Lewis PO ’19 said.

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