Claremont, Calif. (February 25, 2013)—The big news this week for Sagehens Athletics was in the pool, where the Swimming and Diving teams set 14 school records at the 2013 SCIAC Championships. Margaret (Mari) Pettibone ’15 helped the Women’s Swimming team set a new school mark in the 400-yard medley relay and also came in third place in the 200-yard breaststroke with a personal-best time of 2:24.73, moving her into third place on the school’s all-time list in that event. On the men’s side, Eirik Hansen ’15 swam the anchor leg (freestyle) of the 200 medley relay, helping the Sagehens set a school record in that event as well.
Last week was also a terrific week for the Women’s Lacrosse team, which had a dramatic comeback win to defeat CMS for the first time in program history, 11-9 in overtime on Wednesday. The Sagehens trailed 6-1 at the half, but started the second half with a 5-0 run, capped off by two straight goals from Emma Molloy ’13. Aubrey Douglass ’16 gave the Sagehens a 9-8 lead late in regulation, and Jana London ’14 capped off the scoring with the final goal in overtime.
The Sagehens Lacrosse team then earned a 16-11 victory over Whittier on Saturday (the Poets scored the last four goals of the game to make the final look a bit closer), making it three straight victories. London had four goals, while Molloy chipped in with two goals and four assists and Kaitlin Jones ’14 added two goals and two assists. Casey Leek ’13 earned both wins in goal on the week, with Zoe Brown ’15 and Rachel Kessler ’14 providing defensive support in front of her.
Women’s Tennis was the last spring sport to get underway and started the year with a 7-2 win at La Verne. Jamie Solomon ’13 returned to the court after suffering an ACL injury at last year’s NCAA Division III nationals, and picked up a three-set win at No. 3 singles. The Men’s Tennis team dropped its opener 6-3 to No. 15 Bates, as Christopher Wiechert ’14 had a strong effort in his first match as the No. 1 singles player for the Sagehens, but fell in three sets.
Baseball suffered its first setbacks of the new season after a 7-0 start, dropping two of three to Cal Lutheran, but salvaged the last game of the series. Mark Okuma ’15 was 3-for-4 with two RBI in the nightcap, while Cameron Yen ’16 threw well in the opening game, allowing only five hits in seven innings of work, but took a tough-luck loss as he left the game trailing 4-3 and the Sagehens were unable to come back. Softball, meanwhile, dropped a doubleheader to Whittier at home, but one of the highlights was a terrific over-the-shoulder catch in left field from Shannon Julius ’14, an early leader for the Sagehens Web Gem of the Year.