Division III Preview: On Eve of Break, Pomona-Pitzer Races Again

2018 NCAA Division III Swimming and Diving Championships
Photo Courtesy: Eric Kelley

While most of the country is deep in final exams, or already done and headed home (or on training trip) Pomona-Pitzer will be swimming at the two day Lancer Invite at Cal Baptist University this weekend, along with Division II’s Fresno Pacific, Concordia Irvine, and Azusa Pacific.

The Sagehens will have Sunday to regroup, before diving into finals on Monday.

Pomona-Pitzer swam well two weekends ago in their dual meet with cross-street rivals Claremont-Mudd-Scripps. There the Sagehen men won while the women fell to the Athenas.

Headed into this weekend sophomore Lukas Menkhoff is ranked third in DIII in the 100 breaststroke (55.15), eighth in the country in the 100 free (44.70), and 16th in the 50 free (20.54).

Freshman Paddy Baylis has been as fast as 4:35.51 (28th overall) in the 500 and 15:56.77 (17th overall) in the 1650. That mile time is closing in on the 2018 NCAA Invited time.

Senior Ryan Drover posted a 48.65 100 fly at the CMS dual, earning him the sixth fastest time in Division III this fall.

Sprinters Madison Kauahi and Hannah Zurmuhl lead the way for the Sagehen women. The duo have gone 24.01 and 24.15, respectively in the 50 freestyle this fall. They also added times of 52.24 and 52.35 in the 100 at the dual with CMS.

Senior Angela Ling has the number nine 100 backstroke, a 56.68 that she swam two weeks ago.

Freshman Alexandra Gill boasts a 1:04.77 100 breaststroke that ranks her 16th in Division III. Her classmate Alexandra Werner is 22nd nationally with a 2:22.33 200 breaststroke.

With a number of swims already in the top 25 in the country this year, and the timing of this meet, it will be interested to see what sorts of times Pomona-Pitzer posts this weekend. After swimming suited (and presumably a bit rested) against CMS, this weekend may just serve as a number of opportunities to race with minimal expectations.