2012-13 Pomona-Pitzer Year In Review

The delete key was put to frequent use in the Pomona-Pitzer record books in the 2012-13 academic year, as a total of 23 school records fell (22 of which were broken in 2013). Three teams won SCIAC Championships (Men's Soccer, Men's Water Polo, Women's Water Polo), while three others earned NCAA bids (Men's Cross Country, Women's Tennis, Baseball).

Leading the way in the school record bonanza was Women’s Swimming and Diving, which set 12 new records in 18 events at the SCIAC Championships in February, led by seven from Alex Lincoln ’13 (pictured), including three individual records and four in relays. Ellena Basada ’16 set new school marks in the 200-yard and 400-yard individual medley, which had stood since 1985, while Jackie Tran ’15 and Mia Hahn ’16 set records in the 100-yard and 200-yard backstroke.

Men’s Swimming and Diving also broke two school records at the SCIAC Championships, with Ferrel Atkins ’16 setting a new mark in the 100-yard breaststroke.

In the spring, Women’s Track and Field set six new school records, as Ailene Nguyen ’16 broke long jump and triple jump records which had held since Jenny Stary set them in the 1970s, while Katie Barton ’15 broke the old mark in the 400-meter hurdles by one-hundredth of a second. Isabelle Ambler ’13 added to the record haul with a new mark in the 3000-meter steeplechase. Women’s Swimming (5), Women’s Track and Field (2), Men’s Swimming (1) and Men’s Track and Field (1) also combined for nine relay records.

The first school record of the year was set in the fall by Luke Sweeney '13, who set the new career mark for rushing yards for the Pomona-Pitzer Football team. Sweeney led the nation in rushing as a junior in 2011, when he set the single-season school mark with 1,419 yards, but was injured for much of the 2012 campaign. He was cleared to play in the season finale against CMS, needing just 10 yards to set the new record, and passed it with ease, finishing with 248 yards to end his career with 3,004, and helping the Sagehens defeat the Stags 37-0 to take the Peace Pipe back to the South side of Sixth Street.

The fall season also saw the Men's Soccer team win the SCIAC title with a terrific campaign. After beginning the year with a 2-2-1 mark, the Sagehens won 11 straight games, the longest winning streak for the program since 1974. Pomona-Pitzer took over first place in the SCIAC with a 2-1 road win over CMS, behind two goals from Erik Munzer PI '13, and then virtually sealed the title with a 1-0 road win over Redlands on a goal from Ryan Miller '14. Pomona-Pitzer did still need to beat Caltech to secure its first SCIAC title since 2009, and Arash Mahboubi '15 scored an early goal which held up for a 1-0 win.

Women's Soccer had a highlight of its own, as it compiled four straight shutouts to close out the regular season to qualify for the SCIAC Tournament, with Natalie Barbaresi '16 providing her first career goal in the closing minutes of a 1-0 win over Redlands, and Claire Mueller '13 clinching a bid with a goal in a 1-0 win at La Verne in the regular season finale. Julia Dohner '16 then had two goals, including the golden goal in overtime, as the Sagehens upset top-seeded Cal Lutheran in the SCIAC semifinals to move on to the championship game for the first time, where its run came to an end against Chapman.

Men's Cross Country and Men's Water Polo also highlighted a strong fall campaign. Men's Cross Country finished second in the NCAA West Region championships to qualify for the nationals as a team for the first time since 2005. Alex Johnson PI '13, Alex Johann '14, Ben Girodias '15, Pryor Stroud '15 and John Fowler '16 took All-Region honors. Men's Water Polo, meanwhile, were SCIAC Co-Champions after an 8-0 regular season and took fifth place in the WWPA after defeating No. 19 Santa Clara 13-12 on a goal from Cody Moore '13. Jason Cox PI '13 was named the Division III Player of the Year by the Association of Collegiate Water Polo Coaches.

The Spring Season capped off an exciting year as three teams qualified for their NCAA Tournaments in May. Women's Water Polo made it for the second year in a row and fifth time in the last eight years, capping off its season with a dramatic 13-12 comeback win over Iona to take seventh-place in the NCAA Championships at Harvard. Iona led 12-8 with just over four minutes to play, but the Sagehens closed out on a 5-0 run to win the game at the buzzer on a long-distance shot from Sallie Walecka '15. Senior goalie Sarah Tuggy '13 was named the SCIAC Player of the Year.

Women's Tennis also earned an NCAA bid for the eighth year in a row and reached the NCAA West Regional finals, finishing the year ranked No. 10 in the nation. Kara Wang '13 and Sammy Chao '14 earned All-America honors by reaching the NCAA Quarterfinals in doubles, with Wang earning All-America distinction for the fourth time in her career. On the men's side, Frankie Allinson '13 and Max Sabel PI '13 also earned All-America honors after finishing the year ranked No. 10 nationally by the ITA.

Pomona-Pitzer Baseball made its sixth NCAA Division III Championship appearance and first since 2010, earning the first at-large bid in program history after a runner-up finish in the SCIAC Tournament. The Sagehens suffered a tough-luck 4-3 loss in 11 innings to Texas-Tyler in the opening round, despite a two-run homer and a strong pitching performance from Jake Bruml ’15, who left the game with a 3-1 lead in the seventh. The loss unfortunately meant a match-up with No. 1 Linfield in the second round, needing a win to stay alive, and the Wildcats prevailed 8-3. Pomona-Pitzer finished 29-16, winning at least 25 games for the seventh year in a row. Nick Gentili '13 capped off his career with All-Region honors, while Simon Rosenbaum '16 was named the West Region Rookie of the Year by D3baseball.com.

Two of the newest sports at Pomona-Pitzer, Women’s Lacrosse and Women’s Golf, had history-making seasons for their fledgling programs. Women’s Lacrosse set a new program record with 11 wins, beating CMS for the first time ever in the regular season in overtime on a goal from Logan Galansky ‘14, and then defeating the Athenas again in overtime in the SCIAC Tournament on a sudden-death goal from Jana London PI ‘13.

Women’s Golf, meanwhile, earned a fourth-place finish out of six at the SCIAC Championships (only three shots out of third), with Tiffany Gu ’16 providing the highlight with a 75 in the second round, the low score in the entire field. Gu ended the three-round, 54-hole championship in third place to help the Sagehens to their best SCIAC finish.