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Senior Dave Makhervaks starts the first home relay of the 2019-20 season for the Stags
Senior Dave Makhervaks starts the first home relay of the 2019-20 season for the Stags

Hollimon's Record-Breaking Day Leads Stags to Dual Sweep of Chapman and Cal Lutheran

CLAREMONT, Calif. - Senior Kendall Hollimon set Axelrood Pool records in both diving events, earning three perfect scores in his final dive on the three-meter, as the CMS men's swimming and diving team defeated both Cal Lutheran and Chapman by identical scores of 242-51 on Saturday afternoon in its home-opening event.

With the two wins, CMS now stands at 3-1 in dual meets on the year and 3-0 in the SCIAC, with the only defeat coming against Division II power UC San Diego. The Stags also had a road win over Caltech last week to start league competition. 

Hollimon finished with 435.45 points in the three-meter and 374.40 points in the one-meter to earn both first-place finishes, surpassing his own previous best marks at Axelrood Pool (372.85 and 369.00, respectively). 

CMS got off to a strong start with a win in the 200-yard medley relay, as senior Dave Makhervaks, sophomore Walter Limm, junior Marco Conati and junior Andreas Roeseler finished in 1:33.38, narrowly beating out their own teammates by .23 as the B team of first-year Anderson Breazeale, senior Sam Willett, first-year Nathan Luis and junior Will Grassle stayed right on their heels. 

First-year Joe Zales earned a win in the 1000-yard freestyle in 9:49.03, with junior Abel Sapirstein also coming in under 10 minutes in 9:57.79 in second place. Senior Alex Moody won the 200 free in 1:46.10 in a close race with Roeseler (1:46.56), and the Stags swept the first wave of the specialty strokes with Breazeale winning the 100 back (52.20), senior Henry Limm capturing the 100 breast (59.61) and first-year Ben Smith winning the 200 fly (1:53.54).

Roeseler started off the second half of the swimming events with a win in the 100 free (47.22), and Breazeale earned his second backstroke win in 1:54.89. First-year Alec Vercruysse won the 200 breast in 2:09.76, and Zales won his second distance event with a first-place in the 500 in 4:43.70, narrowly edging junior Kyrellos Ibrahim in 4:44.83. Conati took the 100 fly in 50.61, Henry Limm earned his second win in the 400 IM (4:06.59), and the 400 free relay team of Breazeale, Makhervaks, Conati and Roeseler finished the meet with the 15th victory in 16 events for the Stags with a 3:07.31. 

CMS will return to action in December when it faces Pomona-Pitzer in a two-day meet on Dec. 6-7.