COMMERCE, CA. – The Pomona-Pitzer men's swim and dive team maintained their first place position after the third day of the SCIAC Championship. As they had done yesterday, the Sagehens continued to break more SCIAC records and took first place in six of the seven final events. With 809.5 points, the Sagehens hold a 126.5 point lead over second place Claremont-Mudd-Scripps. The Sagehens have yet lost a single men's swim event.
The day opened up with the one-meter dive event as Bilguun Altantulkhuur made the NCAA B Cut with a score of 497.45. His score also set the new school record.
Liam O'Shea set the new SCIAC meet, open, and school record in the 400 Yard Individual Medley, clocking in at 3:55.17 to win the event. He earned 22 meet points and made the NCAA B cut. Will Abele took sixth at 4:02.78 to earn 15 points while Spencer Satz took 12th (4:12.84) and Alexander Landau took 13th at 4:14.21.
In the 100 Butterfly, Ryan Drover took the top spot at 48.60, setting the new conference meet and school record. He earned 22 points and his time also made the NCAA B cut. Teammate Samuel To took third at 48.97 to make the NCAA B cut as well. Greg Havton took seventh at 50.22 and Peter Hansen finished in ninth at 51.90. Adrian Hui clocked at 51.01 for 11th and Coleton Brubaker took 16th at 51.74.
Mark Hallman followed up yesterday's outstanding performance with a first-place victory in the 200 Freestyle, clocking in at 1:38.20 to set the new conference meet and school record. He earned 22 points and his time also broke the NCAA B cut. Teammate Zachary Senator clinched fourth place to earn 17 meet points while Jack Swanson took ninth at 1:43.65. Andrew Garcia took 18th at 1:46.28.
Freshman Lukas Menkhoff made history, setting the fastest time in the country in the 100 Breaststroke at 53.70. He also set the conference meet, open, and school record and made the NCAA B cuts. Nathan Hahn took fourth in the same event at 56.93 to earn 17 points and Teddy Koerner took sixth at 57.58. Kyle Allison took 15th at 59.33.
To followed up his 100 Butterfly performance with a victory in the 100 Backstroke, crossing at 49.80 to set the new Sagehens record and make the NCAA B cut. His teammate Nikhil Kundu followed in second at 50.06 and the two combined for 41 meet points. Drover took fifth at 51.07 and Erik Garcia took ninth at 52.28. Peter Hansen crossed in 10th at 51.77.
In the 400 Medley Relay, the Sagehens "A" team set the second-fastest time in the country, as To, Menkhoff, Drover, and Hallman combined for a time of 3:16.53. They set the new conference meet, open, and school record and made the NCAA B Cut. The "B" team comprised of Kundu, Hahn, Havton, and Hui took 10th at 3:22.59. The two teams combined to earn 64 meet points.
Up Next: The Sagehens will close out the SCIAC Championship tomorrow with the 9 a.m. preliminaries and 5 p.m. finals.