The CMS Stags and Athenas crossed Sixth Street on Saturday, December 4 to face Pomona-Pitzer and returned with two conference dual meet wins and four pool records.
The Stags finished on the plus side of a 179-63 score. CMS opened and closed the meet by setting pool records in relay events. Nick Ostreim, Vincent Pai, Jordan Lieberman and Devin Bowers logged four strong splits to win the 400 yard medley relay in 3:34.88, topping the record held by California Baptist University. Bowers joined Chris Pei, Sean Fitzgerald and Jeff McNerney to set the 400 free relay pool record of 3:13.36. That bested by half of a second the record that the Stag team of Austin Hallett, Ryan Kristensen, McNerney and John Sloat set two years ago.
Sophomore Andrew Fevery eaked out first place in 1-meter diving and also won the 3-meter board. Three additional Stags won two individual events each. Brant Kersten served as the distance ace, pacing the field in the 1650 free and 500 free. Jeff McNerney won the 200 free by over five seconds and also touched first in the 100 yard freestyle event. Fellow junior, Vincent Pai won the 200 IM and 200 breaststroke events. Sophomore Jordan Lieberman rounded out the day’s podium finishes, leading a Stag sweep of the 200 yard butterfly.
The Athenas won the meet in equally convincing fashion, 179-58. Michele Kee set a pool record in the 200 IM, nearly breaking the 2:10 barrier (2:10.05). Kee also anchored the pool record-setting 400 yard freestyle relay swum with teammates Jenni Rinker, Helen Liu and Emma Jones. The relay’s time of 3:39.09 was 0.58 faster than the December 2008 Athena relay of Rinker, Jones, Danielle Peebles and Jordan Stewart.
As CMS won 12 of 13 events on the day, the Athenas spread the wealth around in the individual swimming events. Along with first-year Kee’s 200 IM victory, two other frosh topped their events, with Helen Liu handling the 50 free and Annika Jessen pulling away in the 200 yard butterfly. Sophomores Tara McIntyre and Olivia Graham won the 500 free and 200 breast, respectively. Junior Emma Jones led the 200 yard freestyle from start to finish. Two seniors showed savvy, as well, with Carliann Brashier winning the 1650 free and Jenni Rinker topping the field in the 200 yard backstroke.
After a pair of SCIAC dual meets, both Stags and Athenas stand at 2-0 in the league. CMS’ next competition will be after the New Year, with a test vs Division I West Virginia University on January 4.