This past weekend, the Sagehens opened up the SCIAC dual-meet season as they took on the University of La Verne (ULV) and Claremont-Mudd-Scripps (CMS).
The men’s team traveled out to La Verne to take on the Leopards this past Friday afternoon. There they nearly matched the dominance of their female counterparts, taking first place in 11 of the 13 events, including diving. J.P. Cumming (So.) led the way with the first victory in the 1000 free in a time of 10:30.07. J.P. also doubled up, taking the 500 free with a time of 5:08.07. Ryan Higgins (Fr.), fresh off a successful water polo season, took first in the 200 free with a time of 1:52.73, coming from behind to beat out teammate Mark Berry (Fr.) in the last 50. Andrew Kinimaka (Sr.) and Joe LaBriola (Jr.) finished 1-2 in the 50 free with a 22.69 and a 23.24. Max Scholten (Jr.) also doubled up, winning both the 200 IM and 100 back with times of 2:01.81 and 58.44. In the 100 fly Tommy DePaoli (So.) and Erik Peterson (Sr.) led the way finishing within a second of each other to place 1st and 2nd with a 54.99 and 55.92. Tom Cleveland (Jr.), Brian Williamson (Fr.) and Mark Berry went 1-2-3 in the 100 free with times of 51.58, 52.44 and 52.63. Tyler Oe (Fr.) also finished first on both boards to chip in 18 points for the Sagehens. Closing out the meet was the 200 free relay team of Ryan Higgins, Brian Williamson, Mark Berry, and Joe LaBriola as they swam to victory in a time of 1:34.09. The final score was 154-87.
Against CMS the next morning, Max Scholten turned in two great performances, winning the 50 free in a time of 21.73 and the 200 back in 1:57.84. J.P. Cumming finished 2nd in the 1650 with a strong time of 17:30.79. Joe LaBriola turned in a season best 1:51.63 in the 200 free to place 3rd in the event. In the 200 IM, Andrew Kinimaka and Tommy DePaoli finished 2-3 with times of 2:07.37 and 2:07.56. Tyler Oe was barely edged out on the 1M board with a score of 224.17, losing out by .08. Joe LaBriola, Tom Cleveland, Andrew Kinimaka and Max Scholten combined to swim a very solid 3:19.46 in the 400 Free Relay to close out the meet. Despite those performances, the final score was 176-66 in favor of CMS.
The Sagehens will compete next against Occidental College at Haldeman Pool on Saturday, January 8th.