Augusta Lewis broke her own SCIAC record in the 200 IM (photo by Keilee Bessho)
Augusta Lewis broke her own SCIAC record in the 200 IM (photo by Keilee Bessho)

Augusta Lewis, Katy Shaw Win Titles on Second Day of SCIAC Championships

CLAREMONT, Calif. - Augusta Lewis broke her own SCIAC record in the 200 IM with a 2:00.69, her seventh SCIAC IM title in seven tries, and Katy Shaw earned the 500-yard freestyle title in 5:00.21 to highlight the performance of the Claremont-Mudd-Scripps women's swimming and diving team on the second day of the SCIAC Championships on Thursday at the East Los Angeles College Swim Stadium.

Lewis and Shaw both led 1-2 finishes for the Athenas, as Ella Blake was second in the 500 free with a time of 5:01.00 and Jameson Mitchum was second in the 200 IM in 2:05.36. 

CMS trails Pomona-Pitzer narrowly after the second day, with just 15 points separating the two teams (357-342). The Athenas will pull in front once the next event is completed, as the women's one-meter dive finished prelims with the Athenas ranking 1-2-3, as Emma Ng Pack, Makenna Parkinson and Izzy Doud will be looking to sweep the podium for a second time tomorrow, after Doud won the three-meter title on Wednesday with Ng Pack second and Parkinson third.  

Lewis set the SCIAC meet record in the 200 IM last year with a 2:02.39, and then topped that at the NCAA Division III Championships on her way to a third-place finish with a 2:01.21. She did herself one better with a 2:00.69 on Thursday to knock another .52 off her personal best, as she will try to pursue both a national title and a sub-2:00 swim at this year's nationals. Mitchum held off Emmie Appl of Pomona-Pitzer for second place with a time of 2:05.36, while Mackenzie Mayfield was fourth in 2:05.59, just .13 behind Appl amd Allyson Yao was fifth as CMS had four of the top five.  

Shaw had a close race with Ella Blake throughout but was able to surge to a body-length lead over the second half of the 500 and held on to win in 5:00.21. She had the fastest time in prelims by over five seconds with a 5:03.25, and then trimmed another three seconds off that total in the finals. Alex Towers also qualified for the finals for the Athenas and earned 11 points with an eighth-place finish.

Annika Sharma and Lexi Punishill qualified for the finals in the 50-yard freestyle, finishing sixth and eighth, respectively, while Madeleine Kan won the consolation head to finish ninth. The three then came back after a rest and swam the 200-yard freestyle relay with Mayfield, and the quartet finished second with a 1:35.57. 

Day three of the SCIAC Championships will get underway with prelims in the morning at 9 a.m., with the finals of the one-meter dive taking place in the afternoon. Lewis will swim in the 400 IM to try to finish her career with eight IM titles in eight tries.