Kingsmen Finish Fourth at SCIAC Championships, Brewer Wins 1650
Four school records fall on final day
COMMERCE, Calif. – On the final day of the 2017 Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SCIAC) Swimming & Diving Championships, the Cal Lutheran men’s swimming and diving team placed fourth overall for the third straight season while also claiming the SCIAC title in the 1650 free for the third straight year.
Two-time defending champion in the 1650 free, Jonah Hobbs,was dethroned by none other than freshman teammate Ben Brewer, who set a new SCIAC, Meet, and CLU record in the event to continue the Kingsmen dominance in the mile. After qualifying as the number one seed entering the final, Brewer shattered all previous marks in the event with a time of 15:28.26 to earn his first taste of first place during the championship meet while achieving an NCAA "B" cut. The Santa Barbara, Calif. native finished second in the 500 free and third in the 400 IM, setting school records in both of those events, as well as finishing third as a member of the 800 Free Relay team before Saturday.
Hobbs, meanwhile, made it three straight years on the podium with a third place finish in a time of 16:03.22.
The duo of Zach Zamecki and Jacob Frigard each swam fast times in the 100 free preliminary heats to qualify for finals, with Zamecki coming just one one-hundredth of a second off the school record time of 45.73 set by Zach Loza last season. Zamecki would slow down slightly in the final with a time of 45.83, but it was good enough for third place and another trip to the podium. Frigard lowered his qualifying time of 46.28 to 45.97 and touched the wall in fifth place for the Violet and gold.
After coming so close to the 100 free record, Zamecki would have one more chance as the leadoff leg of the 400 Free Relay, in the last event of the meet. Sure enough, the speedy junior swam a 45.31 to claim the record and help the relay team off to a quick start. George French followed with a split time of 46.46 and Frigard swam the third leg in 45.64. Anchoring the relay down the stretch was Liam McCallum, who went neck-and-neck with Mark Hallman from CMS for the last 25 yards, but was edged out by half a second to settle for second place. The final time of 3:03.50 set a new school record, breaking the mark of 3:04.48 held by Loza, Thelen McKinna-Worrell, Jack Acampora and Zamecki from last year.
For the second straight night, Davy Thomas made his mark in the backstroke by setting a CLU record in the 200 back with a time of 1:54.96. Thomas initially broke the mark, set by Zamecki (1:57.45) two seasons ago, in the preliminaries with a time of 1:55.70, but lowered it in the consolation final to place 11th overall.
A trio of Kingsmen advanced to the consolation final in the 100 free led by McCallum, who placed 11th overall with a time of 46.70. French took 14th in 47.00 while McKinna-Worrell finished 17th in 47.53.
Thomas Hamburger was the lone Kingsmen to compete in the 200 fly and finished 17th overall after touching the wall in 1:59.62.
On the diving boards, Ricky Mendoza earned a sixth place finish with a score of 338.75 in the one-meter competition.
Claremont-Mudd-Scripps won the team championship with an overall score of 1,030, edging Pomona-Pitzer by eight points. Redlands, meanwhile, captured third place with 558 points after surpassing Cal Lutheran, who finished with 540 points. La Verne (347), Caltech (341), Occidental, (331), Whittier (312) and Chapman (172) round out the team standings in order.
Saturday night concluded the 2016-17 swimming and diving season for the Kingsmen, though NCAA Division III Swimming and Diving Championship selections will be announced in the coming weeks for competition scheduled Mar. 15-18 in Shenandoah, Texas.
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