Sagehen Round Up for the Week of December 2, 2013

Claremont, Calif. (December 9, 2013) This week in Sagehens Athletics saw the winter sports go undefeated in the first week of SCIAC play, with Men’s Basketball and Women’s Basketball both sweeping Cal Lutheran and Caltech, and Men’s and Women’s Swimming and Diving opening up with home wins over Cal Lutheran.

Kyle Dalrymple ’17 won both the 100-yard and the 200-yard breaststroke against Cal Lutheran.
Kyle Dalrymple ’17 won both the 100-yard and the 200-yard breaststroke against Cal Lutheran.

Women’s Basketball began the week by defeating Cal Lutheran for the first time since 2008-09, earning a 56-46 win at Voelkel Gymnasium. Basha Brulee-Wills ’17 had 10 points against Cal Lutheran, and then added a double-double with 12 points and 10 rebounds at Caltech.

Men’s Basketball also swept its SCIAC opening week with a 75-64 win over Cal Lutheran on Wednesday and an 87-60 win at Caltech on Saturday. Xavyr Moss ’14 had 17 points against Cal Lutheran and then began the Caltech game with three-pointers on the first three possessions to jumpstart the Sagehens to a 9-0 lead in less than two minutes (before finishing with 16). Nicholas Nordale ’17 added 11 points against Cal Lutheran.

Both basketball teams travel across the street to meet CMS in the first of two neighborhood rivalry games this season, with the men facing the Stags on Wednesday night at 7:30, and the women following suit on Thursday night at 7:30. The Men’s Basketball team will then host Pacific (Ore.) on Saturday at 7:30 in its final game before the holiday break.

Men’s and Women’s Swimming and Diving both cruised to wins against Cal Lutheran on Saturday in their SCIAC openers, with the women winning 201-92 and the men capturing a 198-97 victory. Both teams won 11 of a possible 12 individual swimming events, with first-year players accounting for all 11 wins on the men’s side. Timothy Hardman ’17 swam in his first meet after playing for the water polo team in the fall and earned two wins in the 50-yard and 100-yard freestyle, while Kyle Dalrymple ’17 earned wins in the 100-yard and 200-yard breaststroke, nearly breaking the 1:00 mark in the 100 (1:00.13). Hardman and Eirik Hansen ’15 finished 1-2 in the 50-yard freestyle (21.75 and 22.29) as Pitzer swimmers took the top two spots in that event.

On the women’s wide, Cayla Nishizaki ’17 helped set a Haldeman Pool record in the 200-yard freestyle, swimming the first leg as the Sagehens earned a time of 1:39.00. She also added two individual wins as well in the 50-yard freestyle and the 200-yard backstroke). Both swimming teams will send competitors to the Commerce Invitational this weekend (the site of the SCIAC Championships in February) before a three-week break for the holidays.

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This Week’s Schedule
Home Events In Bold

Wednesday, Dec. 11
Men’s Basketball at CMS, 7:30 p.m.

Thursday, Dec. 12
Women’s Basketball at CMS, 7:30 p.m.

Saturday, Dec. 14
Swimming/Diving at Commerce Invitational, 9 a.m.
Men’s Basketball (H) vs. Pacific, 7:30 p.m.

Sunday, Dec. 15
Swimming/Diving at Commerce Invitational, 9 a.m.
Women’s Basketball at La Sierra, 6 p.m.

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