Pitzer Student Namlhun Jachung ’24 Earns SCIAC Water Polo Newcomer of the Year

Namlhun Jachung '24
Namlhun Jachung ’24

Claremont, Calif. (April 22, 2022)—Pitzer College student Namlhun Jachung ’24 earned SCIAC Newcomer of the Year as the Pomona-Pitzer Women’s Water Polo team dominated All-Conference Awards with five First Team All-SCIAC selections. Other major award winners included Zosia Amberger (PO’25), who won SCIAC Defensive Athlete of the Year, and Alex Rodriguez, who earned SCIAC Coaching Staff of the Year.

In conference play, Jachung logged a team-high 55 points on the strength of 28 goals and 27 assists and added 16 steals on the defensive end. This is Jachung’s first season as a member of the Pomona-Pitzer Women’s Water Polo team.

In SCIAC play, Amberger turned away 41 shots and allowed just 41 goals in addition to adding six steals and three assists, helping the Sagehens to an unblemished 14-0 SCIAC ledger. The Santa Barbara, CA, native also notched a 7.79 goals-against average in conference play as the Pomona-Pitzer defense limited its opposition to single-digit goal totals in all but one conference contest during the season.

Head Coach Alex Rodriguez led his staff with SCIAC Coaching Staff of the Year honors after his team went unbeaten in conference play for the third time in his career at 14-0. Pomona-Pitzer tallied a 20-15 overall record and currently holds the No. 1 ranking across Division III.

The Sagehens also added three more First Team All-SCIAC athletes to the awards, with Lucie Abele (PO’22), Nadia Paquin (PO’22), and Allison Sullivan Wu (PO’22) all earning first-team honors.

Adapted from the Pomona-Pitzer Athletics press release “Amberger, Jachung, And Rodriguez Highlight Water Polo All-SCIAC Awards.”

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