Swimming & Diving Sweep Cross Street Rivals

Swimming & Diving Sweep Cross Street Rivals

The CMS Stag and Athena swimming and diving teams crossed Sixth Street on Saturday, December 6 and came back with a pair of SCIAC victories over the Pomona-Pitzer Sagehens. The women took charge by a score of 157-82 and the men won 163-77.

To start the meet, CMS scored substantial points in the diving competition. Teija Mortvedt (SO, Bremerton, WA) and Garrett Smith were each double winners, taking the 1-meter and 3-meter competitions, with Mortvedt leading a 1-2-3 sweep of the women’s 1-meter board for Coach Jimmy Adams.

It proved to be a great day to swim in Claremont with sunny skies and the temperature in the mid-70s. CMS swimmers took full advantage of the conditions and notched four pool records on the day. The Athenas posted three record setting swims, starting out the 400 medley relay with the team of Amy Tresenrider (FR, Sebastopolo), Annie Perizzolo (SO, Aurora, CO), Katie Bilotti (FR, Orinda) and Emma Jones (FR, Eugene, OR) touching at 4:02.43. Perizzolo took off in the 200 breaststroke, finishing in an NCAA D-III qualifying time and besting the former pool record by nearly 3 seconds, with a 2:22.71. The Athenas finished their day with Jordan Stewart (SR, Minnetonka, MN), Rinker, Danielle Peebles (SR, La Mesa) and Jones breaking the 400 freestyle relay mark with a 3:39.67. The Stag 400 freestyle relay also ended the meet in record fashion, with Austin Hallett (FR, Bainbridge Island, WA), Ryan Kristensen (SO, Saugus), Jeff McNerney (FR, Paradise Valley, AZ) and John Sloat (SR, Lafayette) coming in at 3:13.85

Rinker was also a double individual winner for CMS, winning the 50 free and 200 back. Combined with her role in the 400 free relay, Rinker was the meet’s sole female three-event champion. Hallett had that honor on the men’s side, burnishing his role in the 400 free relay record-setting swim by winning the 200 IM individually. Hallett joined Nick Ostreim (SO, Phoenix, AZ), Vincent Pai (FR, Walnut) and Sloat for first in the 400 medley relay, just missing the pool record in that event.

Another double winner, Andrew Cosentino (SO, Greenwich, CT) won the sprint freestyle events, posting first in the 50 and 100 yard freestyle races. Other Stag event winners were McNerney in the 200 free, Ostreim in the 200 backstroke and Pai in the 200 breaststroke. Rounding out the winners for the Athenas were Whitney Dawson (FR, Portland, OR) in the 1650 free and Peebles in the 500 free.

Both the Athenas and Stags are 2-0 in SCIAC competition heading into the Final Exam period. CMS will resume competition on January 4 at the UC-Irvine relay meet.