Pitzer joins with Pomona College in the Southern California Intercollegiate
Athletic Conference (SCIAC). Athletic teams include soccer, basketball,
football, baseball, track & field, golf, tennis, water polo,
swimming and diving. Pomona-Pitzer women's intercollegiate athletic
teams include soccer, cross-country, volleyball, swimming and diving,
basketball, track & field, softball, tennis and water polo.
Pitzer students participate in The Claremont Colleges club sports
programs that compete nationally. A wide variety of intramural sports
are available to all students.
Division III Athletics - The Pomona-Pitzer Sagehens
Pitzer College joined forces with Pomona to form Pomona-Pitzer athletics in 1970. Today Pomona-Pitzer scholar-athletes play on 19 varsity athletic teams in Division III of the NCAA. Sports range from swimming to soccer to softball, and our teams compete powerfully in the Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference. Pomona-Pitzer athletes regularly compete for and win SCIAC championships, and both individual athletes and teams have represented the colleges in NCAA national championship competition. For a listing of all the teams and the sports rosters, please visit the official Pomona-Pitzer Athletics Website.
The Sagehens are a member of the Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SCIAC), and play conference members Redlands, Claremont-Mudd-Scripps, Occidental, Whittier, California Lutheran and La Verne. The winner of the conference receives an automatic birth in the NCAA Division III Playoffs. The longest standing rivalry is against Occidental College, which started in 1895, and the yearly battle for the Drum is now the oldest college football rivalry west of the Mississippi and one of the five oldest in the country. There are but a handful of schools in the United States that can boast of the academic standing of Pitzer and Pomona Colleges, and still have a winning football program.
Men's and Women's Water Polo
The women’s water polo team won SCIAC title and went to the NCAA in 2007. In 2003, they won the national championship. The team finished third in the nation at the U.S. Water Polo Collegiate II National Championships in 2002. Pitzer’s Joy Haviland ’03 was picked as the SCIAC Player of the Year and was also named to the AWPCA All America First Team.
The Pomona-Pitzer Men’s Water Polo team has been playing at the varsity level for more than 40 years. The team is part of the competitive SCIAC conference as well as the Western Water Polo conference, which provides the winner a gateway to the NCAA championships.
The team trains at Haldeman pool, a 50-meter Olympic size facility. The season opened on August 29th and continues until the WWPA Championships in November. The Sagehens play 25-30 games a year against teams from Division I, II, and III institutions.
Swimming and Diving
Pomona-Pitzer athletes hold 17 of the 19 SCIAC records in women's swimming. Coach Penny Dean ’77 chairs the Southern California Long Distance Swimming Committee, is the first woman president of the College Swimming Association, and is a member of the NCAA’s Swimming Committee. She is perhaps most known as the world record holder for the English Channel swim. In 2002, 5 women’s swimmers competed at the NCAA meet with Kate Bollinger earning All-American honors in the 200 Fly. Swimmer Ben Komer ’02 was a two-time All-American and two-time conference Swimmer of the Year (50 free, 100 free).
Men's and Women's Basketball
The Sagehen women have won 15 of 24 Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SCIAC) championships during the period from 1977-2003. The Hens won their latest title during the 2002 season. The team has participated in the NCAA tournament six times, finishing third in 1981-82. The women’s team has produced four NCAA Division All-Americans and three top NCAA Academic Teams.
Pomona-Pitzer Men's Basketball has established itself as one of the nation's premiere NCAA Division III programs. Since 1986 the Sagehens have made ten trips to the NCAA National Tournament and captured ten Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SCIAC) Championships (1986, 1989, 1994, 1995, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2004, 2005). A staple of the Pomona-Pitzer Men's Basketball Program continues to be its competitive non-conference schedule. In the past the Sagehens have faced NCAA Division I opponents such as UC Irvine and University of San Diego, NCAA Division II teams including Cal St. Dominguez Hills and Cal Poly Pomona, and NAIA powers like Azusa Pacific Univeristy and Concordia University. Pomona-Pitzer has traveled to St. Louis, Colorado Springs, Portland, Philadelphia, and Tacoma over the years to face competition.
Men's and Women's Tennis
The Pomona-Pitzer women’s tennis team has been extremely successful in recent years. Five Pomona-Pitzer doubles team have captured the NCAA National doubles title in the last 12 years. Most recently, Megan Gould and Sheree Schwartz won the 2000 national doubles championship, while the 2002 squad captured the conference title and advanced to the Regional Tournament. Schwartz ’02 earned SCIAC Player of the Year honors. The Sagehens Women’s team placed fourth out of 400+ teams in the NCAA in 2008. The Sagehen men’s team earned a fourth place NCAA finish in 1992, and finished ninth in 1994. The 1998, 99, 00, and 01 squads went to the NCAA Regionals. Ken Su ’99 advanced to the individual National Championships in 1998.
The Pomona-Pitzer baseball program competes at the NCAA Division III level and is a member of the Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SCIAC). Official practice starts in January and the first games take place in early February. Pomona-Pitzer plays the NCAA Division III maximum of 40 games, including a three game series against each conference opponent. The winner of the regular season conference championship gains an automatic bid to the NCAA Division III Tounrnament.
During the 2002 and 2003 seasons, the Sagehens captured back-to-back SCIAC championships, earned two consecutive appearances in the NCAA Division III Baseball Championships, and compiled an impressive 36-3 league record (66-18 overall). Jose Cortez ’03 was selected as the SCIAC Player of the Year.
The Pomona-Pitzer women’s softball team has a history of success, starting with the program’s inception in 1990. Since that first season the Sagehens have gone on to establish themselves as one of the teams to watch in SCIAC. The Sagehens have produced numerous All-SCIAC players, and a plethora of team records have been set. Leanne Stein ’05 earned Second Team All Conference honors.
Track & Field
Consistently one of the top teams in conference, Pomona-Pitzer's women's track and field team boasts an outstanding history of success. Whether running, jumping or throwing, the list of successful athletes who have worn the Pomona-Pitzer singlet is a lengthy one. Since the inception of SCIAC conference competition in women's track and field in 1977, Pomona-Pitzer's women's team boasts a 82-31 record against conference rivals -- a strong .726 winning percentage. The men's team also is one of the top teams in conference. Pomona-Pitzer men have won 12 SCIAC team titles, and numerous individual event SCIAC Championship crowns.
Pomona-Pitzer's men's cross country team enjoys a long track record of dominant competition. The harriers race over 8000m (5 mile) courses, and the list of the team's successful runners is a lengthy one. Pomona-Pitzer men have won 11 SCIAC team titles, including a conference crown in fall 2003. The women's cross country team also is a strong contender each year. Since beginning SCIAC conference competition in women's cross country in 1977, Pomona-Pitzer's women's team has compiled a 130-44-1 record against conference rivals, which equates to a .743 winning percentage.
Pomona-Pitzer volleyball is a program on a mission: not only to become a top SCIAC team, but to qualify for the postseason and compete in the NCAA Division III Tournament. The women's volleyball program challenges team members to work together and achieve individual potential within a cohesive atmosphere of discipline and self-motivation. The Pomona-Pitzer volleyball program is a member of SCIAC. Practices and home games are conducted in Pomona College's state-of-the-art Rains Center , one of the best Division III facilities in the nation.
Men's and Women's Soccer
Pomona-Pitzer's men's soccer finished third in the 2003 SCIAC final standings and concluded its season with a 15-4 record. The 2007 Pomona-Pitzer women's soccer team hopes to surpass the successes of their past two seasons. After the program’s first ever NCAA tournament appearance in 2005, the Sagehens followed up in 2006 with a second place SCIAC finish and an overall record of 10-6-2.
Club Sports provides an opportunity for competition in sports that are not currently intercollegiate varsity athletics. Activities include: men's and women's rugby, men's and women's lacrosse, men's volleyball, men's and women's Ultimate Frisbee, crew and cycling. The Claremont University Consortium offers a handbook for club sports and an online registration form at The Claremont College Club Sports Website.