Pomona-Pitzer Swimming and Diving Teams Chase SCIAC Championship

Swim&Dive_2015-16Claremont, Calif. (February 17, 2016)—The Pomona-Pitzer swimming and diving teams are hoping to cap off stellar seasons with a Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SCIAC) Championship. Both the men’s and women’s team will compete in the SCIAC Championships this Thursday in La Mirada.

The women’s team finished the regular season with an 11-1 record in dual meets overall and went undefeated with an 8-0 record in the SCIAC. The Sagehens also defeated Claremont-Mudd-Scripps for the first time since 2003 with a 152-146 win in the last dual meet of the season.

The men finished their 2016 regular season with a 10-2 overall record in dual meets and went 7-1 in the SCIAC. The only loss of the year in conference for the Sagehens was to CMS. Swimswam.com dubbed that face-off as the fastest meet in NCAA Division III this season.

The women have recorded the fastest times in eight individual events this season in SCIAC play and four of the five relays. The men have set the fastest time in four individual events and two of the five relays.

Swimming and diving coach J.P. Gowdy is looking for his first SCIAC Championship since joining the Sagehens four years ago. Gowdy has directed the Pomona-Pitzer women’s swimming and diving team to four second-place finishes in the SCIAC, and the men have finished with a pair of third-place finishes and two second-place finishes in 2014 and 2015—the first runner-up finishes for the program since 1999.

The SCIAC Championships kick off at La Mirada’s Splash Regional Aquatics Center on February 18-21 with the prelims beginning at 9 a.m. and the finals starting at 5 p.m.

Live coverage of the event can be found at: https://www.chapmanathletics.com/sports/swimdive/2016SCIACchampionships

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About Sagehen Athletics

Pitzer College joins with Pomona College to field 21 varsity teams – The Sagehens – that compete in Division III NCAA athletics and as members of the Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SCIAC). There are 10 men’s and 11 women’s teams: baseball (men), basketball, cross country, football (men), golf, lacrosse (women), soccer, softball (women), swimming and diving, tennis, track and field, volleyball (women) and water polo.

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