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The Sagehen Report for December 9

Danny Villars '17 won the 200-yard IM and the 200-yard butterfly against Cal Lutheran, as Sagehen freshmen won 11 of the 12 individual events in the SCIAC opener.

Danny Villars '17 won the 200-yard IM and the 200-yard butterfly against Cal Lutheran, as Sagehen freshmen won 11 of the 12 individual events in the SCIAC opener.

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This week in Pomona-Pitzer 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.

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. Jenn Okonkwo ’16 had 14 points and eight rebounds to lead the Sagehens, who held Cal Lutheran scoreless for a span of six minutes down the stretch to break the game open. Alaina Woo ’17 and Basha Brulee-Wills PI ’17 also had 10 points apiece. Pomona-Pitzer then held off a stubborn challenge from Caltech on the road, capturing a 53-48 win to improve to 2-0 in league play as Okonkwo had 15 points and Brulee-Wills had a double-double with 12 points and 10 rebounds.

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. Kyle McAndrews ’15 led the way against Cal Lutheran with 23 points on 11-17 shooting from the floor, while Xavyr Moss PI ’13 added 17. Moss 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, and Pomona-Pitzer cruised out to a 51-19 halftime lead and was never threatened. Michael Cohen ’15 finished with a team-high 19 points.

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 freshmen accounting for all 11 wins on the men’s side. Daniel To ’17 earned three wins by finishing first in the 100-yard and 200-yard backstroke, as well as the 100-yard butterfly. Tommy Turner ’17 and Timmy Hardman PI ’17 both swam in their first meet after playing water polo in the fall and earned two wins (Turner in the 500-yard and 1000-yard freestyle and Hardman in the 50-yard and 100-yard freestyle). Danny Villars ’17 (200-yard IM, 200-yard butterfly) and Kyle Dalrymple PI ’17 (100-yard, 200-yard breaststroke) added a pair of individual wins as well.

On the women’s wide, the Sagehens capped off the meet by setting a Haldeman Pool record in the 200-yard freestyle relay, with Cayla Nishizaki PI ’17, Vicky Gyorffy ’15, Johanna Rayl ’16 and Alex Lincoln ’14 finishing in a time of 1:39.00. Kay Sterner ’17 missed the pool record in the 1000-yard freestyle by just .15 with a 10:49.63, and added another win in the 200-yard freestyle in the next event. Nishizaki (50-yard freestyle, 200-yard backstroke) and Gyorffy (500-yard freestyle) added individual wins to their pool-record relay, while Mia Hahn ’16 (100 back), Nola Shi ’15 (100 breast), Ellena Basada ’16 (200 fly), Maki Tohmon ’17 (100 free), Lexi Davis ’16 (100 fly) and Maddie Larkin (200 IM) took first place finishes as well.

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 Games 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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