After a few weeks at home for winter break, the Pomona-Pitzer swim and dive team opened up the new year with a dual meet against Occidental College. The Sagehens struggled a bit early on in the meet but finished strong and stayed on track for a great season despite a tough week of training, winning the meet 120-117 on the final relay. With the win, the Sagehens moved to 2-1 on the season.
Pomona-Pitzer fell behind 32-0 as Oxy's divers placed 1-2-3 on both boards. The swimming portion of the meet started with a 200 Medley Relay where Oxy came out strong and took first in a time of 1:55.63. The Sagehens finished 2nd and 3rd in the event in times of 1:57.27 and 2:01.21. Seniors Lizzie Aby and Dana Kingman helped the Sagehens close the gap, finishing 1-2 in the 1000 free with times of 11:28.79 and 11:40.46.
In the 100 and 200 free, Junior Kristen Lindbergh placed second, just losing out in both races by a combined .29. Freshman Alex Lincoln touched the wall first in the 50 free and followed that with a 3rd place showing in the 500 free. In the 200 IM, Dana Kingman got her second individual win of the meet with a 2:17.43 while Sophomore Morgan Ingemanson finished 2nd in the event, catching and beating Caroline Chang of Oxy in the final lap to score valuable points.
Charlotte Dohrn (Jr.), Kelsey Atkinson (Fr.) and Maddy DeMeules (Fr.) teamed up to go 1-3-5 in the 200 fly. In the 200 backstroke, the Sagehens dominated going 1-2-3 with Sophomore Julia Ticus leading the way, followed by Dannielle Shiomoto (Sr.) and Kelsey Atkinson.
Danielle Holstein (Fr.) swam to a season best in the 500 free with a time of 5:25.94, good for second place. In the 200 breaststroke, Lizzie Aby, Brenda Iglesias (Fr.) and Isso Shimamoto (Sr.) went 2-3-4.
With one event left, the meet came down to whichever team would win the 200 free relay and the team of Morgan Ingemanson, Maddy DeMeules, Kristen Lindbergh, and Charlotte Dohrn came out on top with a time of 1:43.27 to help the Sagehens to victory.