The CMS Athena swimmers and divers opened SCIAC competition with convincing victories over Cal Tech (162-57) and Pomona-Pitzer (189-54).
Hosting the PP Sagehens at CMS's Axelrood Pool on Saturday, December 5, the Athenas opened emphatically by sweeping the 1-meter diving. Carmen Lundell (FR, Wayzata, MN) took top honors with a score of 190.95. Lundell also won the 3-meter event later in the meet.
The first swimming event raised the bar even further as the CMS quartet of Elsa Cheng (FR, Cupertino), Annie Perizzolo (JR, Aurora, CO), Katie Bilotti (SO, Orinda) and Emma Jones (SO, Eugene, OR) torched the pool record in the 200 medley relay. The time of 1:49.49 topped Loyola Marymount's 2007 standard of 1:50.37
Whitney Dawson (SO, Portland, OR) was a double winner in the 1650 yard freestyle and the 500 free. Jenni Rinker (JR, Eagle River, AK) took the 50 free and the 200 backstroke, Olivia Graham (FR, Mercer Island, WA) led a sweep of the 200 IM and Jones won the 100 free. Perizzolo posted an NCAA B-cut in the 200 breaststroke with a time of 2:23.33. The 400 Freestyle relay of Rinker, Graham, Cheng and Jones completed the meet with a win for the Athenas. All told, CMS won 11 of the 13 events.
One night earlier, CMS traveled to Pasadena to take on the Caltech Beavers. Event winners for the Athenas were Rinker in 200 Freestyle, Cheng in 50 free, Emily Ott (FR, Libertyville, IL) in the 400 IM, India Wade (FR, Bainbridge Island, WA) in the 100 fly, and Bilotti in the 100 back. Jones posted a strong 500 freestyle time (5:15.72) and then Ching Tung (SO, Hong Kong, China) followed with a personal best in the 100 breast (1:10.76). Both relays were victorious, as well, with the 200 medley relay of Bilotti, Perizzolo, Cheng and Jones and the 200 free relay of Graham, Elica Sharifnia (SO, Beaverton, OR), Rinker and Kristina Norrgard (SO, Old Greenwich, CT) taking top honors. In diving Lundell won the 1-m competition and fellow first-year Kelly Chang (FR, Davis) claimed the 3-meter board.
CMS will be back in action versus the University of Chicago at the end of Claremont's exam week. The meet is scheduled to start at 2:00 p.m. on Friday, December 18 at CMS.