The Sagehens rounded out their season with wins against CMS and Occidental. The young team showed potential as they defeated Cal Lutheran and had a three-game sweep against La Verne. The Hens finished fifth in SCIAC.
The Sagehens finished fifth in SCIAC with an overall record of 11-23. The team enjoyed success this season by beating Cal Lutheran for the first time in Pomona-Pitzer softball history and swept games against Colorado College, Menlo and Occidental. Pitzer’s Leanna Guillermo ’07 was awarded Team MVP, the Golden Glove, and Rookie of the Year.
After winning their last two SCIAC matches, the Hens competed in the post-season tournament at Ojai April 29-May 1. Following his fifth place finish in conference, Neil Patel ’07 lost in the first round in singles and lost his first round match in doubles at the tournament.
Completing a successful SCIAC season in second place, the women’s team competed at the Ojai tournament April 29-May 1. Pitzer’s Jessica Kaswick ’09 and Pomona’s Rebecca Lange ‘09 lost in the quarter-finals doubles match to the eventual tournament winners from Fresno Pacific University.
Posting wins against Cal Tech and Redlands, the Hens finished second in SCIAC. The players were disappointed with the SCIAC finish, as they said they thought they could have played much better. The Hens were the No. 1 seeded team going into the Division III National tournament held at the University of Redlands, May 5-7, and finished the tournament in third place. Pitzer’s Lara Kruska ’06 received first-team all conference honors, while Noelle Heise ’07 and Sarah Sinclair ’08 received honorable mentions.
Men’s and Women’s Track and Field
The Sagehens men finished third while the women finished sixth at the SCIAC Championship meet at the University of Redlands. Pitzer’s Maddie Kieselhorst ’09 scored points for the team in her first championships, finishing sixth in the 400 with a time of 61.34. Pitzer sophomore Alec Lentz competed in four events, including the 400, 200, 4 x 100 relay and he ran the lead leg for the 4 x 400.
Men’s and Women’s Rugby (Club)
The Claremont Colleges men’s and women’s rugby teams competed in USA Rugby’s Collegiate Championship Tournament in Sanford, Fla., April 22-23. The men’s team upset Wisconsin-Milwaukee 35-23 on April 22, qualifying for the final four the next day. Though they lost to last year’s champion, Northern Colorado, Head Coach Wally Cox said the team “played phenomenally,” finishing in third place. Pitzer senior and team captain Ryan Altick scored five times for the team. The women’s team lost on April 22 to Plumas State, but came back to win their consolation game against University of Georgia the next day, tying for fifth place.
Men’s Volleyball (Club)
The Pomona-Pitzer Volleyball team was the Division II, Silver Division Champion at Nationals. This was the team’s second trip to nationals in as many years. The men finished ninth in the nation in 2005. Demolishing CMS was a highlight this year for the team and the Hens played well against Division 1 teams, such as UCLA and USC.
The women’s team finished 21st in the country out of 173 teams. The team went 5- 5 for the season and made it to the playoffs for the first time as a Division I team and twice defeated athletic powerhouse USC.