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Augusta Lewis won two 300-yard events at the CBU Distance meet
Augusta Lewis won two 300-yard events at the CBU Distance meet

CMS Women's Swimming and Diving Drops Distance Meet with Division I California Baptist

RIVERSIDE, Calif. - The Claremont-Mudd-Scripps women's swimming and diving team returned to action after a one-month layoff against Division I California Baptist University in CBU's annual distance meet and fell by a final score of 147.5-95.5.

With the defeat, CMS, ranked No. 10 in Division III, now stands at 3-3 on the season, with two losses to Division I programs (UC San Diego, California Baptist) and a close dual defeat to No. 8 Pomona-Pitzer in its last competition on Dec. 3-4. The CBU Distance meet features several events of longer distances than standard dual comeptition, including 300-yard races in the butterfly, backstroke and breaststroke, and 500-yard medley and freestyle relays.

The Athenas had some strong performances in the meet, including the 300-yard breaststroke, where Augusta Lewis and Kelly Prawira finished 1-2, with Lewis winning a time of 3:40.55 and Prawira coming in second in 3:44.11. Lewis also took first place in the 300-yard IM with a time of 3:17.26, winning by just over two seconds over Patricia Van Law of CBU, while Allyson Yao was third, Lexi Lee was fourth, Prawira was fifth and Riley Green was sixth.

Ella Blake earned another individual win for the Athenas by taking first in the 200-yard freestyle in 1:56.57, winning by just a tenth of a second over Rebecca Oviedo of California Baptist. She also finished in a tie for second in a remarkably close race in the 500-yard freestyle, touching the wall in 5:11.55 to tie Giulia Decataldo of the Lancers, just .02 behind Oviedo, who won in 5:11.53 as the top three finishers were all within two-hundredths of a second of each other in a distance race.

CMS opened the meet with a win in the 500-yard medley relay, with Jameson Mitchum, Prawira, Lewis, and Emily Warner finishing in 5:16.11 to win by just over two seconds. Mitchum added a second-place finish in the 300-yard backstroke, Gracey Hiebert was second in the 1000 in 11:00.59, while the 500-yard freestyle relay team of Ava Sealander, Anna Werts, Lexi Lee and Blake came in a close second as well. 

The Athenas will be back in action next weekend for their final home meet of the 2021-22 season when they entertain Redlands at 10 a.m. at Axelrood Pool. Tomorrow's scheduled SCIAC meet at Whittier was canceled due to health and safety protocols at Whittier.