Sagehen Round Up for the Week of February 17, 2014

Claremont, Calif. (February 24, 2014) This week in Sagehens Athletics saw the Swimming and Diving teams earn some record-breaking performances at the SCIAC Championships, the Men’s Basketball team close out the regular season with two straight wins as it prepares to host a SCIAC semifinal game on Friday night, and the Men’s and Women’s Tennis teams open their spring seasons with convincing wins.

Sarah Markowitz ’16 had four goals and an assist for the Women’s Lacrosse team in an 11-8 win over Chapman.
Sarah Markowitz ’16 had four goals and an assist for the Women’s Lacrosse team in an 11-8 win over Chapman.

Swimming and Diving attended the SCIAC Championships in Commerce, Calif. from Friday-Sunday and saw five Pitzer swimmers contribute to program records. Kyle Dalrymple ’17 broke a school mark in the 200-yard breaststroke which had stood since 1996, earning an NCAA “B” (provisional) cut with a 2:06.56.  Dalrymple and William Thorson ’16 (butterfly) contributed to a pair of school records in the 200-yard and 400-yard medley relays, while Eirik Hansen ’15 and Timothy Hardman ‘17 helped set a new Sagehen record in the 200-yard freestyle relay. On the women’s side, Cayla Nishizaki ’17 helped close out the championships with the first leg of a school record of 3:31.88 in the 400-yard freestyle relay.

Swimming and Diving completed its SCIAC championships, while Men’s Basketball will be gearing up for its postseason this week. The Sagehens closed out the regular season with a win at La Verne on Wednesday and a home win over Occidental on Saturday and will face Chapman at Voelkel Gymnasium on Friday at 7:30 p.m. in one of two SCIAC semifinals. The championship will be played on Saturday at 7:30 p.m. at the site of the highest remaining seed, which would be at home if the Sagehens defeat Chapman and top-seeded CMS falls to Cal Lutheran. If both top seeds win, the Sagehens will travel across the street to face CMS after splitting the regular season series. Xavyr Moss ’14 and Dan Campbell ’13 were honored before the Occidental game on their Senior Day, and Moss scored 11 points on the night, including a big three-pointer after Occidental had cut a 12-point Sagehen lead down to four.

Women’s Basketball closed out its season with a split, defeating La Verne 62-61 on Wednesday and falling at home to Occidental on Saturday. Basha Brulee-Wills ’17 had 10 points and 10 rebounds in the La Verne win, and added 17 points in the loss to La Verne to finish off a strong freshman season.

The tennis teams got their 2014 seasons started on consecutive days this week, with the No. 17 Men’s Tennis team defeating No. 23 Bates 7-2 on Thursday, while the No. 10 Women’s Tennis team rolled past Chapman 8-1 on Friday (Men’s Tennis also won at Chapman 7-2 on Saturday). Men’s Tennis started five Pitzer student-athletes in its six singles lines against Bates, with Christopher Wiechert ’14 winning at No. 1, Jake Yasgoor ’17 and Graham Maassen ’17 earning their first collegiate dual wins at No. 2 and No. 3, Jonathan Kim ’16 earning a victory at No. 5, and Michael Chang ’15 picking up the clincher at No. 6. Wiechert improved to 2-0 in both singles and doubles at Chapman, while Maassen and Chang improved to 2-0 as well (Yasgoor rested an injury and did not play).

Women’s Lacrosse split two games this week, but showed that they will be in the hunt for the SCIAC title. A year ago, the Sagehens were 0-5 combined against Chapman and Redlands, but defeated Chapman 11-8 on the road and then fell 12-11 in sudden death overtime at home to defending SCIAC champion Redlands. Sarah Markowitz ’16 and Jana London ’14 each had four goals in the win over Chapman, while London had four and Kaitin Jones ’14 added three, including the tying goal with 6.9 seconds left in regulation to force the game into overtime.

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This Week’s Schedule
Home Events In Bold

Friday, Feb. 28
Women’s Tennis at ITA Indoor Nationals, 10 a.m. (at DePauw)
Women’s Water Polo vs. Villanova, 2 p.m. (at Cal Lutheran)
Baseball (H) vs. Redlands, 2:30 p.m.

Women’s Water Polo vs. CSU Bakersfield, 4:30 p.m. (at Cal Lutheran)
Men’s Basketball (H) vs. Chapman, 7:30 p.m. (SCIAC Semifinals)

Saturday, March 1
Men’s Golf at Las Vegas Desert Classic, 9 a.m.
Women’s Golf at Las Vegas Desert Classic, 9 a.m.
Women’s Tennis at ITA Indoor Nationals, 10 a.m. (at DePauw)
Men’s Track and Field at Occidental, 11 a.m.
Women’s Track and Field at Occidental, 11 a.m.
Baseball at Redlands, 11 a.m. (DH)
Softball at Occidental, 12 p.m. (DH)
Women’s Water Polo vs. Azusa Pacific, 1 p.m. (at Cal Lutheran)
Women’s Lacrosse vs. Pacific (Ore.), 2 p.m. (at Gig Harbor, Wash.)
Women’s Water Polo vs. Sonoma State, 4:45 p.m. (at Cal Lutheran)
Men’s Basketball at SCIAC finals, 7:30 p.m. (if PP advances)

Sunday, March 2
Men’s Golf at Las Vegas Desert Classic, 9 a.m.
Women’s Golf at Las Vegas Desert Classic, 9 a.m.
Women’s Tennis at ITA Indoor Nationals, 10 a.m. (at DePauw)
Women’s Lacrosse at Puget Sound, 10 a.m.
Women’s Lacrosse vs. Linfield, 3 p.m. (at Puget Sound)

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