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Frank Applebaum took both fly events (photo by Julian Rivera-Williams)
Frank Applebaum took both fly events (photo by Julian Rivera-Williams)

CMS Men's Swim and Dive Takes Two SCIAC Wins in Home Debut

CLAREMONT, Calif. - The Claremont-Mudd-Scripps men's swimming and diving team earned two wins over Caltech (192-101) and Chapman (237-57) in its first home meet of the 2022-23 season on Saturday at Axelrood Pool.

With the win, CMS is now 3-0 in SCIAC competition, after also taking a win at Occidental last week. 

The Stags opened the meet with a win in the 200-yard medley relay, as Anderson Breazeale, Evan Deedy, Frank Applebaum and Theo Johnson finished in 1:34.66, to win by .36 over the top team from Caltech. 

Lucas Lang took the first individual event when he captured the 1000 free in 9:40.58, his first of two individual wins, after he added a 500 free victory later in the meet as well. 

Henrik Barck followed with the first of his two individual wins when he captured the 200 free, coming back to defeat Naci kestin of Caltech over the final stretch, 1;42.98 to 1:43.35. He also won the 400 IM in the final session of the day in 4:08.23. 

Jeremy Tan earned a one-second win in the 100 back in 51.70, before the Stags finally were defeated in a race for the first time in SCIAC this season, as Jason Lin of Caltech took the 100 breast in 57.63.

It wasn't likely to be two in a row, though, as Frank Applebaum followed with a win in the 200 fly, the event in which he won the national title and set an NCAA Division III record a year ago (1:44.01). This time around he swam a 1:50.37, enough to win by almost a second. Applebaum also took the 100 fly in 50.82, with teammate Tyler Headley in second. 

Theo Johnson earned a narrow win in the 50 free in 21.54 seconds, edging Leo Yang of Caltech in 21.59. He also anchored the 200 free relay win in 1:24.69, following Tan, Chris Ranlett and Eric WorkmanCyrus Gaylord took first in the 3-meter dive with an impressive 369.30 points. 

CMS will be back in action when it competes against Pomona-Pitzer on Dec. 2-3 in the annual two-day meet between the Sixth Street rivals.