CLAREMONT, CA. – Lofty expectations have been set for the Pomona-Pitzer Men's Swimming and Diving program this season after a wildly successful 2017-18 campaign. Ranked No. 7 in the nation by the College Swimming Coaches Association of America, the Sagehens will embark on the new season tomorrow when they visit Cal Baptist University in a dual meet at 3:00 p.m.
Last Season: The Sagehens won the SCIAC Championship for the first time in program history last season, showcasing their depth of talent in every event at the championship meet. Lukas Ming Menkhoff won Newcomer of the Year after the SCIAC Championship and the program collected 23 All-SCIAC honors. The Sagehens set 19 new program records, three of which were set by then-freshman Lukas Ming Menkhoff. Pomona-Pitzer also saw eight swimmers qualify for the NCAA Championship and finished eighth overall as a team at the meet, scoring 192 meet points. Menkhoff made history in the NCAA, becoming the first in program history since 1988 to win the NCAA Championship, taking first in the 100-yard breaststroke with a time of 53.39.
Key Returners: In addition to Menkhoff, the Sagehens will see the return of NCAA Championship participants Nikhil Kundu, Ryan Drover, Will Abele, and Liam O'Shea, all of whom have their names on the Sagehens' record book. Drover set the record in the 100 Butterfly last season at 48.60 seconds and Abele broke the 200 Butterfly at 1:51.47. O'Shea holds two records, taking the 200 Backstroke at 1:48.04 and the 400 Individual Medley at 3:55.17. In addition, diver Bilguun Altantulkhuur will expect to improve on his impressive freshman season, having set program records in the 1-meter (464.85) and 3-meter dives (497.45). Nathan Hahn can potentially make it to the NCAA in his senior season, setting the 200-yard breaststroke record for the program at 2:04.22 last season.
Incoming Class: The Sagehens welcome eight freshmen who will be working to help the Sagehens win the SCIAC Championship and qualify for the NCAA.