Head shots of the CMS Men's Water Polo Class of 2021
Video Tribute: The CMS Men's Water Polo Class of 2021

April 06, 2021

CLAREMONT, Calif. - The CMS men's water polo Class of 2021 was a part of history, as the seven players helped the Stags qualify for the first-ever USA Water Polo Division III Championship in 2019 in their last seasons of competition. CMS qualified with a dramatic comeback win over Pomona-Pitzer in the SCIAC semifinals, then defeated Johns Hopkins in the semifinals before finishing as the national runner-up in the debut season of the tournament.

CMS Trophy Case inside Roberts Pavilion
Update on CMS 2020-21 Fall Competition

July 01, 2020

CLAREMONT, Calif. - Claremont McKenna College announced its detailed plan this afternoon for the return of students for the fall semester, and has established new guidelines regarding participation in athletics and recreation activities.

Zach Rossman in action with an Academic All-America logo overlaying the photo
Zack Rossman Earns Third-Team Academic All-America Honors

June 16, 2020

CLAREMONT, Calif. - Senior attack Zack Rossman earned Third-Team Academic All-America honors (Division III At-Large) from the College Sports Information Directors of America, the organization announced this morning.

Zack Rossman action shot
Zack Rossman Captures Academic All-District Honors for CMS Men's Water Polo

May 21, 2020

CLAREMONT, Calif. - Senior men's water polo player Zack Rossman was named to the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) Academic All-District 8 team in a vote of the district's SIDs, the organization announced today.

Zack Rossman fires a shot on goal during a home match
Ten CMS Men's Water Polo Players Honored for Academic Performance

February 14, 2020

CLAREMONT, Calif. - A total of 10 members of the Claremont-Mudd-Scripps men's water polo team were honored by the Association of Collegiate Water Polo Coaches for their academic performance, the organization announced today.

Ryan Gocong '03, John Goldhammer, Dianna Turner-Graves '98, Ryan Gibson '03 and Todd McKenzie '88
Five New Members Inducted Into the CMS Hall of Fame

January 25, 2020

Coach John Goldhammer, Ryan Gibson (HMC ’03), Dianna Turner-Graves (CMC ’98), Ryan Gocong (CMC ’03) and Todd McKenzie (CMC ’88) have been selected as the newest members of the Claremont-Mudd-Scripps Athletics Alumni Association Hall of Fame.

Ethan Lewis (l) and Zack Rossman (r) action shots. An AWPCA logo is down the middle, along with the words All-America, Ethan Lewis first team, Zack Rossman second team
Ethan Lewis Earns First-Team All-America Honors, Rossman on Second Team for CMS Men's Water Polo

December 19, 2019

CLAREMONT, Calif. - Senior Ethan Lewis and Zack Rossman capped off their Claremont-Mudd-Scripps men's water polo careers by earning All-America honors from the Association of Collegiate Water Polo Coaches, the organization announced this morning.

Noah Smith had 13 saves and shut out the Poets in the second half (photo by Tony Leon)
CMS Men's Water Polo Falls 5-3 in Division III National Championship Match

December 08, 2019

WHITTIER, Calif. - The Claremont-Mudd-Scripps men's water polo team held top-seeded Whittier without a goal for the entire second half, but couldn't overcome a 5-2 deficit at intermission as the Stags fell 5-3 in the inaugural USA Water Polo Division III National Championship match on Sunday afternoon at the Slade Aquatic Center.

C.J. Box scores the first-ever goal for CMS at the USA Water Polo Division III Championship
CMS Men's Water Polo Outlasts Johns Hopkins 14-11, Faces Whittier Tomorrow for Division III Championship

December 07, 2019

WHITTIER, Calif. - The Claremont-Mudd-Scripps men's water polo team used a balanced offense to open up a late lead and take a 14-11 win over Johns Hopkins in the USA Water Polo Division III National Championship semifinals on Saturday evening at the Slade Aquatic Center, setting up a rematch with host Whittier in tomorrow's national championship.

CMS celebrating after a SCIAC semifinal win over Pomona-Pitzer
CMS Men's Water Polo Heads to Whittier for Inaugural Division III Championship Saturday and Sunday

December 04, 2019

CLAREMONT, Calif. - The Claremont-Mudd-Scripps men's water polo team, which came up just short in its bid for a SCIAC title with a 13-12 loss to top-seeded Whittier in the finals, will continue on with its season this weekend when it faces Johns Hopkins on Saturday in the semifinal round of the inaugural USA Water Polo Division III Championship, which Whittier earned the right to host with its SCIAC title.

Christian Thornton winds and fires for one of his five goals on the match
CMS Men's Water Polo Comes Up One Goal Short, Falls to Whittier 13-12 in SCIAC Finals

November 24, 2019

WHITTIER, Calif. - The Claremont-Mudd-Scripps men's water polo team played top-seeded Whittier to a near-stalemate, but the Poets opened up a fourth-quarter lead and held on for a 13-12 win over the Stags in the championship game of the SCIAC Postseason Tournament on Sunday morning.

Noah Smith and Will Clark celebrating the win
SCIAC Finals Bound! CMS Men's Water Polo Earns trip to Finals with 12-11 Comeback Win over Pomona-Pitzer

November 23, 2019

CLAREMONT, Calif. - The Claremont-Mudd-Scripps Men's Water Polo trailed 9-4 at the half, but mounted a second-half comeback to earn a 12-11 victory over Pomona-Pitzer, winning it on a long-range shot from senior Ethan Lewis to beat the shot clock with 37 seconds left, in the SCIAC Semifinals on Friday night at Axelrood Pool.

Rossman, Lewis Earn First-Team All-SCIAC Honors, Clark, Smith on Second Team
Rossman, Lewis Earn First-Team All-SCIAC Honors, Clark, Smith on Second Team

November 22, 2019

CLAREMONT, Calif. - Seniors Zack Rossman and Ethan Lewis earned first-team All-SCIAC honors for the Claremont-Mudd-Scripps men's water polo team, while sophomores Will Clark and Noah Smith were chosen to the second team the league office announced today.

Axelrood Pool will welcome another big crowd on Friday night as the Sixth Street rivals meet again
CMS Men's Water Polo Welcomes in Pomona-Pitzer for SCIAC Semifinal Match on Friday Night

November 21, 2019

CLAREMONT, Calif. - There will be a lot at stake on Friday night at Axelrood Pool as the Claremont-Mudd-Scripps men's water polo team hosts a SCIAC Semifinal contest against Sixth Street rival Pomona-Pitzer at Axelrood Pool, beginning at 7 p.m.

Ethan Lewis
The CMS-ence of Ethan Lewis

November 20, 2019

CLAREMONT, Calif. - After an off-year for the program as a sophomore when he had to play goalie for much of the season, senior Ethan Lewis has helped rebuild the CMS men's water polo program back into SCIAC Championship contenders over the last two years. As a Claremont McKenna student majoring in computer science at Harvey Mudd, he has also used his academic pursuits to help rebuild websites.