Claremont, Calif. (February 3, 2014) This week in Sagehens Athletics saw the Men’s and Women’s Swimming and Diving teams remain unbeaten in the SCIAC, setting up a big meet with Claremont-Mudd-Scripps this weekend.
Both swimming/diving teams improved to 7-0 on the year by sweeping a tri-meet with Whittier and La Verne on Saturday. William Thorson ’16 earned an individual win in the 100-yard butterfly and Kyle Dalrymple ’17 took first place in the 100-yard breaststroke for the men’s team. Cayla Nishizaki ’17 earned a win in the 100-yard freestyle for the women’s team. CMS is also 7-0 in the SCIAC in both men’s and women’s swimming/diving, setting up a showdown among unbeatens at Haldeman Pool this Saturday beginning at 11 a.m.
In the annual rivalry showdown, CMS will take the court against Sagehens Men’s Basketball (5 p.m.) and Women’s Basketball (7 p.m.) on Saturday. Men’s Basketball extended its win streak to nine game with an 83-77 win at Redlands on Wednesday, as Xavyr Moss ’14 scored 12 points on 4-5 shooting, but the streak was snapped with a 74-61 loss at Cal Lutheran on Saturday. The Sagehens will face Whittier at home on Wednesday before playing the Stags on Saturday, hoping to keep its SCIAC title hopes alive.
Women’s Basketball will host Whittier on Thursday and CMS on Saturday as it tries to get back on the winning track. Basha Brulee-Wills ’17 had 14 points and 13 rebounds against Cal Lutheran on Saturday, as she tried to rally the Sagehens back from a big deficit, but the Regals held on for a 76-67 win. Kacie Hitomi ’17 added 11 points on 5-7 shooting from the floor in the loss.
The spring season also got started, and Alyssa Woodward ’15 helped the Women’s Water Polo team get off to a strong start with the game-winning goal in an 11-10 win over Concordia at the Cal Baptist Invite. The Sagehens split the day after falling earlier to No. 15 Cal State Northridge (Woodward had two goals in that one). Hope Grant ’17 led the Sagehens with three goals in the win over Concordia, while goalie Ahsha Earwood ’17 picked up her first collegiate win in net.
More spring sports will get started this weekend, as Baseball will host four home games, meeting Whitworth in a single game on Friday and a doubleheader on Saturday before facing Emory on Sunday. The Sagehens return a Pitzer-dominated infield, led by Ryan Madden ’15 and Mark Okuma ’15 at second base, E.J. Lopez ’15 at third base, and Sam Fox ’15 at shortstop. Men’s Tennis starts the year at UC Santa Cruz, and will be led by No. 1 singles player Chris Wiechert ’14 and newcomer Jake Yasgoor ’17, who had a strong showing in the fall ITA West Regionals.
Women’s Lacrosse will also open on Saturday at home against Whittier, with leading scorer Jana London ’14 returning for her senior campaign. Senior defender Rachel Kessler ’14 is also coming off an All-SCIAC season, while midfielder Kaitlin Jones ’14, defender Zoe Brown ’15 and attackers Aubrey Douglass ’16 and Sarah Markowitz ’16 are among the Pitzer athletes returning to key roles.
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This Week’s Schedule
Home Events In Bold
Wednesday, Feb. 5
Men’s Basketball (H) vs. Whittier, 7:30 p.m.
Thursday, Feb. 6
Softball (H) vs. Lewis & Clark, 3 p.m.
Women’s Basketball (H) vs. Whittier, 7:30 p.m.
Friday, Feb. 7
Women’s Golf vs. CMS, 12:30 p.m. (Los Serranos)
Baseball (H) vs. Whitworth, 2 p.m.
Saturday, Feb. 8
Men’s Tennis at UC Santa Cruz, 10 a.m.
Women’s Water Polo vs. CSU San Bernardino, 10:20 a.m. (at Whittier)
Men’s Swimming/Diving (H) vs. CMS, 11 a.m.
Women’s Swimming/Diving (H) vs. CMS, 11 a.m.
Baseball (H) vs. Whitworth (DH), 11 a.m.
Women’s Lacrosse (H) vs. Whittier, 11 a.m.
Softball at Vanguard (DH), 12 p.m.
Women’s Water Polo vs. Redlands, 2:20 p.m. (at Whittier)
Men’s Basketball (H) vs. CMS, 5 p.m.
Women’s Basketball (H) vs. CMS, 7 p.m.
Sunday, Feb. 9
Baseball (H) vs. Emory, 1 p.m.
Monday, Feb. 10
Men’s Golf at La Verne Invitational, 12 p.m.
Women’s Basketball at Hope International, 7 p.m