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Augusta Lewis won the 300 IM and the 300 breast (photo by Tessa Guerra)
Augusta Lewis won the 300 IM and the 300 breast (photo by Tessa Guerra)

Lewis Wins Twice in CMS Women's Swim and Dive's Narrow Defeat to CBU

RIVERSIDE, Calif. – All-American Augusta Lewis returned to the pool for the first time in the 2022-23 season and earned wins in both the 300-yard IM and the 300-yard breaststroke as the Claremont-Mudd-Scripps women's swimming and diving team dropped a narrow 131-112 decision to Division I California Baptist at the Lancers' annual distance meet on Friday afternoon at the Lancer Aquatics Center.

The annual meet features extended lengths for several races, including 300-yard butterfly, breaststroke, backstroke, and IM events, as well as 500-yard medley and freestyle relays. The freestyle events included the standard yardages of 50, 100, 200, 500 and 1650.

Lewis, who earned All-America honors in the 400 IM (second), 200 IM (third) and 200 breast (fourth) at the NCAA Division III Championships, competed for the first time in the 2022-23 season in the 300 IM on Friday and came in first place by over six seconds in 3:17.54, leading a 1-2-3 finish of Athenas with Mackenzie Mayfield in second (3:23.85) and Allyson Yao in third (3:27.92).

Lewis added a second win in the final individual event of the day, finishing the 300 breast in 3;38.29 to win by 1.7 seconds.

Annie Johnson won a close race in the 300 fly, edging out Gabriela Robles of California Baptist 3:22.27 to 3:22.49, a 10-point swing in the team standings. Jameson Mitchum took first in the 300 back with a time of 3:21.56, a victory margin of 2.35 seconds. The Athenas also opened the meet with a win in the 500 medley relay, with Mitchum, Lewis, Mayfield and Ally Rudolph finishing in 5:12.39. 

In addition to the five race wins, Lexi Punishill was second in the 50 free in 25.55, Sun Young Byun was runner-up in the 200 free in 1:56.02, and Katy Shaw was second in the 1650 with a 17:51.51.

The meet came down to the final event, but California Baptist was able to take first place in the 500 freestyle relay and get the 11 points it needed to clinch with a 4:38.09. 

CMS will be back in action tomorrow when it hosts Whittier in a SCIAC dual meet, with diving taking place at 10:30 a.m. and swimming getting underway at 12 noon.