CMS sweeps relay and diving events as both teams defeat La Verne
CLAREMONT, Calif. – With sweeps in each of the diving and
relay events, the Claremont-Mudd-Scripps swimming and diving teams
each registered wins over La Verne on Saturday afternoon at
Axelrood Pool in the first meet since December. The Athenas
defeated the Leopards 239-56 while the Stags registered a 219-75
win. Both the Athenas and Stags are now 3-0 in conference action so
far this season.
Overall, CMS took 29 of the 32 events with the men taking 15 events and the women earning wins in 14 events. Eight of the 29 events that CMS won came in relay and diving events.
In the first relay event of the afternoon, the Athena 200-yard medley relay team of senior Erin MacLean, senior Michele Kee, senior Annika Jessen and senior Helen Liu finished with a time of 1:50.06, nearly two seconds faster than the next team. CMS took the top four spots in the event. Later in the meet, the Athenas also won the 400-yard freestyle relay as Liu and Kee joined freshman Kelly Ngo and junior LillyBelle Deer to cruise to an 11 second win with a time of 3:38.93.
On the men’s side, the Stags’ ‘B’ team of sophomore Joseph Hinton, sophomore Zach Alleva, sophomore Matthew Valentine and sophomore Alex Poltash won the 200 medley relay with a time 1:36.60. To close out the meet Poltash, Hinton, junior Cameron Whiting and junior Patrick Shultz won the 400 free relay. Poltash added individual wins in the 50 free and the 100 butterfly as well.
La Verne’s wins came in the women’s 100-yard backstroke, men’s 100-yard breaststroke and women’s 200-yard backstroke.
The next events for CMS are the diving meet vs. Occidental on Thursday, Jan. 16 at the Rose Bowl Aquatics Center and a meet at Occidental on Saturday, Jan. 18, both at 11 a.m.