Kingsmen Split with Beavers, Stags
CLU falls to reigning SCIAC champions, defeats Caltech
CLAREMONT, Calif. – Facing the seven-time defending Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SCIAC) champion Claremont-Mudd-Scripps Stags and Caltech Beavers at the Axelrood Pool on Saturday afternoon the Cal Lutheran men’s swimming and diving team split with a 178-94 victory over CIT despite falling 200-86 to CMS.
Zach Loza continues to shine for the Kingsmen, today capturing a pair of events. He won the 200 Freestyle by nearly two full seconds after hitting the wall in 1:47.41 ahead of CMS freshman John Seylar (1:49.38). Later in the meet Loza out touched senior Stags swimmer Christopher Pei (48.68) with a time of 48.44 for the top spot in the 100 free.
CLU had a strong showing in the 100 Breaststroke with a trio of swimmers hitting the wall within a second of each other. Loza paced the group with a time of 1:04.01 to finish second a touch ahead of teammates Anthony Nguyen (1:04.27) and Patrick Gregory (1:04.96).
The quartet of Philip Anderson, Ant. Nguyen, Tyler Berg and David Sparks combined for a 1:41.31 in the 200 Medley Relay to kick off the swimming portion of the meet.
Anderson went on to become the top Kingsmen finisher in the 100 Backstroke in 1:01.36, second to CMS freshman Graham Spurzem (54.92). Berg was third to the wall in the 50 free with a time of 22.38 and Sparks was fifth in 22.75. The duo of Sparks and Berg also scored in the 100 free with times of 49.16 and 50.85, respectively. Ant. Nguyen also earned points in the 200 breast for the Kingsmen in a time of 2:21.23.
In the 100 Backstroke, Andy Nguyen clocked a time of 1:02.62 and he was also the top CLU finisher in the 200 back with a swim of 2:14.71.
Michael Fernandez was 72 tenths of a second out of third place in the 200 Individual Medley (IM), making up almost two full seconds during his breaststroke leg, to produce a 2:02.74. Fernandez earned the top place for CLU in the 200 fly by going a 2:07.61 as well.
Breaking the one-minute barrier in the 100 Butterfly today with a time of 59.09 was Mason Hill.
Rounding out the day, the 400 Free Relay team of Bryce Woodell, Loza, Sparks and Berg joined forces for a swim of 1:30.11.
On the diving boards, Joey Zielsdorf was the top CLU scorer on the one-meter board with a 210.35, followed by Ryan Brem who posted a 196.40. In the three-meter diving competition, Brem was the top Cal Lutheran finisher by earning a 207.55 as one of just two divers to break the 200-poinit barrier.
Cal Lutheran (2-4) will be back in the pool on Saturday, Feb. 1 with a SCIAC dual meet at Occidental.
Results: CLU 178, CIT 94
Results: CMS 200, CLU 86
Scores: CIT_CLU_CMS – Scores only
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