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Lucas Lang's first college swim places him No. 2 in CMS history in the 1000
Lucas Lang's first college swim places him No. 2 in CMS history in the 1000

CMS Men's Swimming and Diving has Promising Start in Defeat to Division I UC San Diego

SAN DIEGO, Calif. - The Claremont-Mudd-Scripps men's swimming and diving team gave itself a tough initial test in its first meet in 18 months, squaring off against Division I UC San Diego, and the Stags fared well in a 164-123 defeat in its first action of the 2021-22 season.

In fact, the first individual swim of the season provided a strong highlight as Lucas Lang finished second in the 1000-yard freestyle, touching the wall in 9:33.46 in an NCAA "B" cut time which places him second in program history behind Ben Culberson's 9:24.23 in 2017. He also won a neck-and-neck battle to the wall for second place by a half-second over Jackson Bernstein of UC San Diego. 

Frank Applebaum was an individual winner in the 100 fly, clocking a time of 51.42. while Jack Griffith took first in the three-meter dive with a score of 256.50.

Nick Tekieli also put his name in the CMS top 10 lists in his first swim, placing fourth in program history in the 100 back with a second-place finish in 50.21. Walter Limm had a solid second-place finish in the 100 breast in 57.56. 

CMS will be at home at Axelrood Pool the next two weekends, first holding its annual exhibition against the alumni on Oct. 30, and then hosting Occidental for its SCIAC opener on