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Augusta Lewis was honored for Senior Day, then set a new SCIAC record
Augusta Lewis was honored for Senior Day, then set a new SCIAC record

CMS Women's Swim and Dive Celebrates Senior Day, Lewis Breaks SCIAC Butterfly Record

CLAREMONT, Calif. - The Claremont-Mudd-Scripps women's swimming and diving team celebrated its Senior Day on Saturday at its host CMS Invitational, and one of the 10 honorees, Augusta Lewis, celebrated by breaking a SCIAC record in the 200-yard butterfly at Axelrood Pool on Saturday.

Lewis swam a 2:01.84 in the 200 fly, breaking the old SCIAC mark of 2:02.13 which was set by Cindy Dong of Occidental in the 2019 SCIAC Championships. Lewis already held the SCIAC records in both the 200 IM and the 400 IM, and earned All-America honors in the 400 IM (second), 200 IM (third) and 200 breaststroke (fourth) last year, and added an additional record to her resume on her Senior Day. 

Impressively, the record fell on a meet where there was no team scoring and the incentive was low, but Lewis showed she is in top form as she tries to capture individual national titles this year, after coming close last season. 

She wasn't alone on Senior Day, though, as the Athenas honored Kimiko Adler, Ella Blake, Mischa Brown, Gracey Hiebert, Annie Johnson, Jameson Mitchum, Makenna Parkinson, Zuzia Starzyk and Emily Warner before the meet as part of the Class of 2023. 

Parkinson swept the two diving events on her Senior Day, winning the one-meter with 514.70, edging teammate Emma Ng Pack (512.05) by just over two points. The margin was even closer in the three-meter, as she finished with 527.60 points, compared to 526.90 for Izzy Doud and 525.30 for Ng Pack in a very tight three-way battle. 

Mitchum also had a Senior Day win of her own, taking the 200 back in 2:08.63. Annika Sharma added a win in the 100 fly for the Athenas, finishing in 57.29, and then was a close second to teammate Ally Rudolph in the 100 free (53.17 to 53.26). Alex Towers took the 100 back in 1:02.81, and Katy Shaw earned first in the 1650 with a 17:53.84, gearing up for a SCIAC Championship in which she is the top seed. 

That championship will be the next time the Athenas are in action, as they battle at SCIACs from Feb. 15-18 at East Los Angeles College (ELAC).