CMS Athletics Week in Review: March 17-23
Posted: March 26, 2014
Women’s Swimming & Diving
A fifth-place finish for the CMS women’s swim team in the 400-yard freestyle relay gave the team 82 points for the week and a 13th-place finish at the NCAA Championships. The team of senior Michele Kee (CMC), senior Helen Liu (CMC), junior LillyBelle Deer (CMC) and freshman Kelly Ngo (CMC) finished the relay with a school-record time of 3:26.32.
The CMS women won the Jekyll Island Collegiate Invitational March 14-16 in Georgia, coming back from a 12-stroke deficit to win by three strokes in the final round. CMS beat Texas-Tyler, Rhodes College, Methodist, and defending national champion Mary Hardin-Baylor. Senior Maya Reddy (CMC) finished seventh and shot two over on the final round with three birdies, while junior Tiffany Su (CMC) shot four over to tie for 10th place overall. Following the tournament in Georgia, the Athenas came up short against some stiff competition in Harvard in a single round, losing 311-290. The team next plays in the SCIAC No. 2 Tournament on April 5 and 6.
The Athena lacrosse team traveled to the Pacific Northwest for spring break and beat Puget Sound (10-9), George Fox (17-6) and Linfield (19-3). In all three games the Athenas took an early and commanding lead that they maintained. Senior Anthea Weixel (CMC) totaled 12 goals for the trip, including a game-high six against Linfield. Just behind Weixel, freshman Zoe Pinczower (SCR) had seven over the three games. The Athenas return home on Monday, March 24 to face another Oregon team, Pacific, on Zinda Field at 7 p.m.
The Athena softball team was 5-1 in a spring break trip to Tucson, Ariz., beating Augsburg 10-2 (5 innings), Wisconsin Eau Claire 7-4 (8 innings), Marian 9-0 (5 innings) and most notably No. 4 Central College (Iowa) twice (2-1, 7-0) while dropping a game to Wisconsin La Crosse 6-1. Upon returning from Tucson, CMS beat SCIAC opponent Occidental twice (9-0, 15-0). The team has won 14 of its last 16 games and has a five-game winning streak currently. In Tucson, junior Hayley Schultz (CMC) pitched three complete games and gave up only one earned run for a .32 ERA. Sophomore right fielder Janelle Shiozaki (CMC) led the team in batting average, hitting .583. The Athenas host SCIAC No. 1 Redlands on Saturday and Whittier on Sunday in double-headers at noon and 2 p.m.
After starting the Hen-Athena Classic with a tough loss to Amherst, the No. 5 Claremont-Mudd-Scripps women’s tennis team responded with resounding wins over No. 18 Tufts and No. 11 Chicago at the Biszantz Family Tennis Center to close out the week at 2-1. CMS is now 9-6 on the season as it suffered its first loss of the year to a Division III opponent in Amherst.
Women’s Track & Field
The CMS Track and Field team competed in the Cunningham Invitational at the University Nevada-Las Vegas and the Irwin College Meet at Point Loma. Junior Madison Knaub (CMC) ran season-best times in the 100 meters (12.82) and 200 meters (26.42), while the 4 x 400 relay ran a conference-leading time at 4:00.02. Senior Meg O’Keefe (HMC), senior Ellyn Erving (SCR), freshman Amy Hollshwander (CMC) and freshman Hanna Tarleton (CMC) made up the relay team. The full team will next compete in SCIAC dual meets with Caltech, Occidental and Pomona-Pitzer at Occidental on Saturday, March 29.
Women’s Water Polo
The Athena water polo team beat Chapman 14-13 in sudden-death overtime last week. Senior Alex Toohey (CMC) scored six goals while senior Candace Filippelli (CMC) scored twice, including the exciting game-winner. CMS improved to 9-10 overall, 1-0 in SCIAC and is back in action at 7:30 p.m. March 25 against Brown at Axelrood Pool.
Five-College Club Sports
The Claremont Colleges women’s rugby team did not compete last week. The Foxes travel to UC Irvine before hosting Cal State Fullerton on April 5.
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