Stags Begin SCIAC Season 2-0

Stags Begin SCIAC Season 2-0

The CMS Stag swimmers and divers opened the 2009-10 SCIAC season last weekend with strong wins over Cal Tech (162-57) and Pomona-Pitzer (185-57).

Hosting the P-P Sagehens at CMS's Axelrood Pool on Saturday, December 5, the Stags won all 13 events.

Junior Garrett Smith (Goleta) opened the meet by notching a win in 3-meter diving with a score of 261.80 and later took the 1-meter competition, as well.  The first swimming event teamed sophomores Austin Hallett (Bainbridge Island, WA), Vincent Pai (Walnut), Brendan Huss (Omaha, NE) and Jeff McNerney (Paradisa Valley, AZ) posting first in the 200 medley relay.

McNerney was a triple winner, following the medley relay victory with impressive performances in both the 200 freestyle (1:45.64) and 100 free (48.45).  Brant Kersten (SO, Bellevue, WA) won the "daily double" taking first in both the 1650 free and 500 freestyles.  Ryan Kristensen (JR, Saugus) showed his sprinting speed in the 50, getting up and down the pool in 21.86.

Hallett won the 200 IM and Huss won the 200 butterfly.  Freshman Blake Weber (Redwood City) won the 200 backstroke with a sub 2:00 clocking (1:59.50) and Pai won the 200 breaststroke.  The 400 freestyle relay of Hallett, Brian Nadler (JR, Davis), Sean Smith (FR, Westmont, IL), and Kristensen capped off the meet in first.

The previous afternoon, CMS faced Caltech in the Beavers' pool.  Event winners for the Stags were McNerney in both the 50 free and 500 freestyle, Kersten in 200 freestyle and 100 butterfly, Hallett in the 400 IM, Weber in the 100 free, Huss in the 100 back and freshman Jake Roth (Evanston, IL) in the 100 breaststroke.

Both relays took first, as well, with the 200 medley relay of Huss, Brad Perfect (FR, San Ramon), Jordan Lieberman (FR, Princeton, NJ) and Sean Fitzgerald (FR, Indianapolis, IN) and the 200 free relay of Smith, Fitzgerald, Kristensen and Nadler out dueling the Harvey Mudd relay of Devin Bowers (FR, Sterling, VA), Pai, Chris Ramos (JR, Thousand Oaks) and Elliot Smith (JR, Boise, ID).

CMS will be back in action versus the University of Chicago at the end of Claremont's exam week.  The meet is scheduled to start at 2:00 p.m. on Friday, December 18 at CMS.