Women's Swimming and Diving: Sagehens Take First Place At SCIAC Championships

Women's Swimming and Diving: Sagehens Take First Place At SCIAC Championships

LA MIRADA, Calif. – The Pomona-Pitzer women's swimming and diving team won the 2015-16 Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Championship on Saturday night in La Mirada, California.

The title for Pomona-Pitzer ended a 13-year streak held by Claremont-Mudd-Scripps.    

Head coach JP Gowdy also won the Coach of the Year for the women's swimming team for the second consecutive year as he wins his first ever SCIAC Championship as the coach of Pomona-Pitzer.  Also winning an individual award was freshman Maddie Kauahi as she was named as the SCIAC Newcomer of the Year.

The Sagehens broke an incredible 21 combined school records at the SCIAC Championships.

In the women's standings, the Sagehens finished with 1,044 points and rival CMS took second with a score of 964, followed by Redlands in third place with 658.5 points.  Chapman emerged from a tight pack of schools from fourth to seventh with 385 points. Occidental followed with 371 points, Cal Lutheran had 363 and Whittier had 351.  La Verne took eighth with 295 and Caltech placed ninth with 233.5.

Freshman Sarah Jin started things off for Pomona-Pitzer as she took the 200 yard backstroke title, just missing the NCAA "B" cut time and set a new school record with a time of 2:06.57.

Defending her SCIAC title in the 1650 free, Kelsey Thomas took first place and swam an NCAA "B" cut time of 17:19.60. 

Kara Miller-Radest defended her SCIAC title from last year in the women's 200 fly, finishing in first with a time of 2:04.57 and set a new program record.

Kauahi finished the 100 yard freestyle in second place as she was edged out by CMS swimmer Kelly Ngo by .04 seconds. Kauahi finished the race with a 51.09 and set a new program record for Pomona-Pitzer.

In the final event of the evening, the CMS women's 400 relay team would take home the victory with a time of 3:28.54.  Pomona-Pitzer came in a close second with the team of junior Cayla Nishizaki, sophomore Alex Seidel, senior Johanna Rayl and Kauahi posting a 3:29.01 setting a new program record.

"It's hard to describe how proud I am of the women on our team", said coach Gowdy. "All season they trained and competed at a high level and then really stepped up when it mattered the most at the championship meet. We are a great team. From the seniors to the first-years, to the entire coaching and support staff, the championship could not have happened without so many contributions from the entire team."

The Sagehens will next see action in the NCAA Diving Regionals on February 26th in Grinnell, Iowa.