First conference meet ends for CMS with sweep of Cal Lu and Chapman

(Photo by John Valenzuela)
(Photo by John Valenzuela)

CLAREMONT, Calif. – In its first home meet of the season and the SCIAC-opener, the Claremont-Mudd-Scripps swim & dive team swept Cal Lutheran and Chapman and throughout the meet, several new faces made an impact for the Athenas and Stags. The Stags defeated Chapman 243-42 and Cal Lutheran 223-70, while the Athenas defeated Chapman 192-103 and Cal Lutheran 209-78 on Nov. 7 at Axelrood Pool.

Diver Victor Ginelli (CMC) followed up his 1-meter board win at U.C. San Diego by sweeping the 1 and 3-meter competition against Chapman and Cal Lu.

In the 200-yard medley relay, the CMS 'A' and 'B' teams took the top two spots in both the women's and men's events.

Freshman Aaron Lutzker (HMC) won the 1000-yard freestyle for the first time during his young career as a Stag with a time of 10:02.80, over 10 seconds faster than the next closest competitor.

Sophomore Lizzie Carrade (CMC) swam her way to a nearly 10 second win in the 1000 free as well.

Junior Matthew Williams (CMC) won the 200 free. Freshman Riley Hoffman (CMC) earned the first win of her career as an Athena in the 200 free. She finished in a time of 1:59.43.

Freshman Jackson Crewe (HMC) followed in the 100-yard backstroke and swam to the first win of his career in 54:47, just edging out his teammate for first place by two-one hundredths of a second.

After finishing second at UCSD in the 100-yard breaststroke last week, freshman Tyler Welty (CMC) finished in first in the event in 59:29. Junior Kayla Flaten (CMC) followed Welty in the 100 breaststroke with a win of her own as the Athenas took the top-three spots in the event.

Senior Matthew Valentine (HMC) came within a second of posting an NCAA 'B' cut time in the 200-yard butterfly with a winning time of 1:54.64. Senior Alex Poltash (CMC) also came within a second of a 'B' cut time in the 50-yard freestyle, as he sprinted to the win in 21:09.

On the 3-meter boards, junior Carli Lessard (HMC) finished in first with a final score of 218.30.

Senior Joseph Hinton (CMC) edged out Cal Lu's Ore Wahnishe for first in the 100 free by five-one hundredths of a second for a time of 48:20. Hoffman then won her second event of the day, the 100 free.

With a first place finish in the 200 back, Williams joined Ginelli as the first two multiple event winners for the Stags in the individual events. In the women's 200 back, sophomore Anastasia Ibrahim (CMC) touched the board first, in 2:15.41, over two seconds faster than the next closest competitor.

Senior Zach Alleva (CMC – 200 breast), Flaten (200 breast), Poltash (500 free), sophomore Lauren Rosenberger (CMC – 500 free), Lutzker (100-yard butterfly), freshman Naomi Ngo (CMC – 100 fly, 200-yard individual medley) and Crewe (200-yard IM) also won their respective events.

CMS closed out the afternoon with its 'A' relay teams winning the 200-yard freestyle relays.

CMS has next week off from official competition, but does host its annual alumni meet on Saturday, Nov. 14 at Axelrood Pool. The next official competition for CMS is the first week of December.


by Chris Watts
Director of Athletics Communication
Claremont McKenna College

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