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Katy Shaw earned two wins for the Athenas (photo by Stella Cheng)
Katy Shaw earned two wins for the Athenas (photo by Stella Cheng)

Distance Swimmers Dominate for Athenas in Close Loss to Division I California Baptist

RIVERSIDE, Calif. - Katy Shaw won the 500-yard freestyle and the 1650-yard freestyle, leading a 1-2-3 finish in both events, but the Claremont-Mudd-Scripps women's swimming and diving team came up just short in a road 116-88 defeat to Division I California Baptist on Friday at the Lancer Aquatics Center.

The event was an annual distance meet between the two schools, which features extended 300-yard races in the backstroke, breaststroke, butterfly and individual medley, as well as 500-yard freestyle and medley relays. 

The Athenas went 1-2-3 in the first individual race of the day, with Katy Shaw taking first in the 1650 with a time of 17:40.05, followed just under five seconds later by Revere Schmidt, and Alex Towers winning a neck-and-neck battle for third place by just .18. 

Shaw and Schmidt were the top two finishers in the 500 free later in the meet, with Shaw finishing in 5:13.54 and Schmidt just over four seconds behind in 5:17.65. Kyra Burns took third place for the Athenas in 5:21.02, and Corley Smith was right behind in fourth in 5:21.40. 

Mackenzie Mayfield earned a win in the 300-yard IM in 3:22.16, leading another 1-2-3 CMS finish, as Allyson Yao was second in 3:25.25 and Schmidt was third in 3:27.37. Sun Young Byun also picked up a win for CMS in the 200 free in 1:56.03. 

Annette Chang earned a third-place finish in the 100 free in 54.32, Florence Lin was third in the 300-yard backstroke in 3:26.56, and Yao came in third in the 300-yard breaststroke in 3:46.68. 

CMS will be back in action tomorrow when it returns to SCIAC competition for a tri-meet at Cal Lutheran, along with La Verne.