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CMS won its third straight league title a year ago
CMS won its third straight league title a year ago

CMS Men's Swimming and Diving Picked to Repeat as SCIAC Champions

CLAREMONT, Calif. - The Claremont-Mudd-Scripps men's swimming and diving team, which has won the last three SCIAC Championships, was picked to repeat again in a vote of the league's coaches, the conference office announced today.

CMS earned 80 points in the poll and eight of the nine first place votes. Pomona-Pitzer, last year's runner-up, was second with 73 points and the final first-place vote, and was vollowed by Caltech (61), Chapman (52), Occidental (43), Cal Lutheran (35), Redlands (32), Whittier (18) and La Verne (11). 

The Stags return the bulk of their roster from a year ago, led by national champion Frank Applebaum, who repeated in the 200 fly at the NCAA Championships and broke his own Division III record in the process. Lucas Lang also repeated an All-American a year ago in the 1650, adding a fifth-place finish to the silver he earned as a first-year in 2022.

Anderson Breazeale, who earned relay All-America honors (and honorable mention All-America honors as an individual) in 2022, is back after repeating as the SCIAC Champion in the 200-yard backstroke. Evan Deedy was also the SCIAC Newcomer of the Year a year ago after winning the 100-yard breaststroke, while Jack Griffith was the winner at SCIACs in the one-meter dive. 

Among those earning All-SCIAC honors a year ago in individual events were Grant Stucky (100 back), Jeremy Tan (100 back), and Henrik Barck (400 IM), while Weston Crewe was part of a SCIAC Champion 200-yard medley relay team last season. Dylan Krueger and Theo Johnson add to the Stag core of veterans, after they competed at the NCAA Championships in 2022 and earned multiple All-SCIAC honors in their careers. 

CMS opens its 2023-24 season when it travels to compete against Division I UC San Diego on Saturday, Oct. 21. The Stags will first be in action at home on Nov. 4 for a tri-meet with Chapman and Whittier, before meeting Caltech on Nov. 11 and Pomona-Pitzer on Dec. 1-2 at Axelrood Pool as well.