CMS Athletics Week in Review: March 16-22

Posted: March 22, 2015

===================== Winter – Women====================

Women’s Swimming and Diving

The women’s swimming and diving team competed in the 2015 NCAA Division III Championships on March 18-21 in Shenandoah, Texas. The Athenas finished in 16th place, which was their second top-20 finish at nationals in a row. Last year, the Athenas finished in 13th. Over the four-day competition, CMS totaled 60.5 points, fewer than 40 points out of a top-10 finish. The National Championships completed the swimming and diving season for the Athenas.

===================== Winter – Men ====================

Men’s Swimming and Diving

The men’s swimming and diving team competed in the 2015 NCAA Division III Championships on March 18-21. For the third-straight season, the Stags secured a top-10 finish at the event, held in Shenandoah, Texas. This season, the Stags wrapped up the four-day NCAA Championships with a fifth-place finish, which continues the program’s upward trend at nationals. Over the last four seasons, CMS has finished in 27th (2012), 10th (2013), seventh (2014) and now fifth.

===================== Spring Sports – Women ====================

Women’s Water Polo

The Athena water polo team went 1-0 this week with an 11-3 win over La Verne. Leading by only one goal after the first period, the Athenas outscored the Leopards over the next three periods, 9-2. The Athenas were led by Brittany Arneson (CMC ’17) and Jessica Gaffney (CMC ’18). With this win, the Athenas move to 4-13 overall, 1-0 in conference. The Athenas are in the pool next verses Brown at home at 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 24.

Women’s Golf

The women’s golf team did not compete this week. The Athenas compete next in the Walker Cup at Los Serranos at 1 p.m. March 29.

Softball

The Athenas went 3-1 last weekend as they swept conference opponent Chapman (7-6, 9-4) on Friday and split with Linfield (4-9, 8-0) on Saturday. Against Chapman, Tara Robinson (CMC ’16) batted .667 with four RBI and scored six runs, and Katie Savard (CMC ’16) led the team in RBI with five. On Saturday against Linfield (Ore.), Andrea Jewett (CMC ’17) pitched a shutout in which she gave up only three hits and struck out five. Mikayla O’Neal (CMC ’16) led the offense for the Athenas, batting .667, scoring three runs and driving in a run. The Athenas are now 14-4 overall and 8-2 in SCIAC, and take the field next at Redlands at 3 p.m. March 27.

Women’s Tennis

The CMS women’s tennis team went 3-0 last week with impressive wins over Trinity (Conn.) (9-0­), Tufts (Mass.) (9-0) and Middlebury (Vt.) (7-2). The Athenas were dominant in all three matches, with the No. 1 doubles team of Caroline Ward (CMC ’16) and Katie Kuosman (CMC ’17) and the No. 2 doubles team of Sarah Kukino (CMC ’15) and Kyla Scott (CMC ’18) going undefeated in all three matches. The Athenas were strong in singles play, as they lost only one match in all 18 matches played last week. The Athenas are next in action at home at 4 p.m. Tuesday against MIT.

Women’s Track & Field

The sprinters, hurdlers, jumpers and throwers for CMS competed on Saturday, March 21 at the Westmont Collegiate Classic and finished in first place with a score of 145.5. The Athenas had several athletes finish in first place in the meet. Nicole Laliberte (CMC ’17) finished in first in the women’s hammer throw (43.91m), Vaiva Palunas (SCR ’17) finished first in the women’s discus (42.17m) and women’s shot put (12.32m), and the women’s 4×100 relay team of Madison Knaub (CMC ’15), Hanna Tarleton (CMC ’17), Aiyanna Cameron-Lewis (CMC ’18) and Tyra Abraham (CMC ’18) won. The Athenas compete next at Pomona-Pitzer in a dual meet with La Verne, Pomona-Pitzer and Whittier on Saturday at 11 a.m.

Women’s Lacrosse

The women’s lacrosse team went 1-2 with a win over Kean (N.J.) (17-12), and losses to Plymouth State (N.H.) (10-7) and Redlands (15-13). In the win over Kean, Christina Coffin (CMC ’16) led the Athenas in scoring with three goals. In the loss to Plymouth State, Katie Hill (CMC ’18) and Ellen Berkley (CMC ’18) led the Athenas with two goals apiece, while against Redlands, Coffin led the team again with four goals. The Athenas are now 7-2 overall and 4-1 in SCIAC, with their next game coming on April 2 at Occidental at 7 p.m.

===================== Spring Sports – Men ====================

Men’s Golf

The CMS men’s golf team did not compete last week. The team is back in action in the West Cup Invitation at Beaumont on March 23-24.
Baseball

The Stags went 1-2 last week as they lost the first two games to Rutgers-Newark (11-7, 13-2) but rallied to win the last game against the Scarlet Raiders (11-10). In the Stags’ win, MacKenzie Menthen (CMC’16) went 4-for-5, scored two runs, had six RBI and pitched 5 1/3 innings, while Troy Odo (CMC ’16) pitched three innings to close out the game and gave up only two hits, no runs and had three strikeouts. The Stags next take the field at 3 p.m. March 25 against MIT at home on Arce field.

Men’s Tennis

The CMS men’s tennis team went 4-1 last week with wins over Haverford (Pa.) (9-0), Swarthmore (Pa.) (9-0), Johns Hopkins (Md.) (7-2) and Georgetown (6-1), and its only loss coming to University of Pennsylvania (1-6). Against Georgetown (Washington, D.C.) and Penn, the Stags played an experimental five singles, plus two doubles simultaneous format, in which all matches began at the same time. Against Georgetown, the Stags were dominant in all five singles matches but against Penn, which is ranked No. 61 in Division I, the Stags found success only in the No. 1 doubles (Joe Dorn (CMC ’15) and Daniel Morkovine (CMC ’17)) and in the No. 5 singles (Glenn Hull (CMC ’17)). The Stags are now 12-1 overall but are still perfect against all Division III opponents. CMS men’s tennis is back in action on March 25 at the Biszantz Family Tennis Center against UC Santa Cruz at 4 p.m. for the Stags Tennis Against Cancer event. Come on out Wednesday and support the Stags as they partner with the Claremont Colleges Against Cancer to raise money for the American Cancer Society.

Men’s Track & Field

The sprinters, hurdlers, jumpers and throwers for the CMS men’s track and field team competed on Saturday, March 21 at the Westmont Collegiate Classic and finished in fourth place with a score of 86. Several Stags finished in first place at the meet, including Matt Wong (CMC ’17), who finished first in the men’s 200-meter sprint, Michael Wagenveld (CMC ’18), who finished first in the men’s pole vault (4.40m) and Alex Rich (HMC ’16) who finished in first in the men’s hammer (49.39m). The Stags are next in action at the Pomona-Pitzer dual meet, where they will compete against La Verne, Pomona-Pitzer, and Whittier at 11 a.m. Saturday.

===================== 5C Club Teams====================

Men’s Rugby

The Claremont men’s rugby team went 2-0 this weekend in the playoffs. In their first game they defeated the previously undefeated Cal State Northridge 47-12 and then the Lions defeated Azusa Pacific University 42-24 the next day to take first place in Southern California. The lions will be at it again next weekend at noon on Parents Field taking on the number two seed from Northern California, Sonoma State.

Women’s Rugby

The women’s rugby team did not play this week but is back in action on Saturday, March 28 at Occidental.

Men’s Lacrosse

The Claremont men’s lacrosse team did not compete this week. Their next game is at home on April 4 at 1 p.m. on Parents Field.

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