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Ava Sealander picked up wins in the 100 fly and 50 free
Ava Sealander picked up wins in the 100 fly and 50 free

Augusta Lewis Sets Axelrood Pool Record as Athenas Sweep Two SCIAC Duals

CLAREMONT, Calif. - Sophomore Augusta Lewis broke her own Axelrood Pool record in the 200-yard breaststroke with a 2:20.46 as the Claremont-Mudd-Scripps women's swimming and diving team earned a pair of dual wins over Chapman and Cal Lutheran on Saturday afternoon in its home opener.

Lewis swam a 2:20.46 to break her previous mark of 2:20.80, which she set last year against Pomona-Pitzer, as the Athenas won every swimming event on the day to improve to 3-1 in duals (3-0 against SCIAC opponents). CMS defeated Chapman 232-66 and Cal Lutheran 245-40 on the afternoon.

CMS got off to a strong start in the opening relay 200-yard medley relay, where junior Janet Tran (back), first-year Suzanne Starzyk (breast), sophomore Ava Sealander (fly) and junior Natalia Orbach-Mandel (free) finished first in 1:49.33. 

in the first individual event, first-year Gracey Hiebert came in first place in the 1000, and Lewis captured first-place in the 200 free in 1:56.48, just edging first-year teammate Ella Blake (1:56.73). Junior Christina Campbell took first in the 100 back (1:00.26), her first of two backstroke wins on the day, and Starzyk earned a first-place finish in the 100 breast (1:06.79). 

First-year Annie Johnson won the 200 fly in 2:08.60, and Sealander won the 50 free to cap off the first half of the competition, before Orbach-Mandel opened the second half with a win in the 100 free (53.88). Campbell won the 200 back (2:07.57) before Lewis had her record-breaking swim in the 200 breast. 

After narrowly finishing behind Lewis in the 200 free, Blake earned herself a first-place finish in the 500 free in 5:13.32. Sealander then added a 100 fly win to her 50 free victory, and sophomore Natalie Larsen took home the 400 IM in 4:41.15. 

The meet concluded with another win for the Athenas in the 400 free relay, as Blake, Hiebert, Lewis and Orbach-Mandel took first in 3:37.77 to give CMS a clean sweep of the swimming events. First-year Makenna Parkinson won the one-meter dive with 256.40 points, but Chapman's Olivia Guarino won the three-meter as the only non-Athena to win on the day. 

CMS will be back in action on Dec. 6-7, when it has a two-day meet at Pomona-Pitzer to conclude its fall semester schedule.