CMS Roundup : February 4-10

Posted: February 12, 2013

Athenas swimming and diving will battle for the Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SCIAC) title during the championships held February 17-19 in La Mirada.

“I’m proud to be part of a team that reminds its swimmers daily that each of us is not only necessary, but valuable because we are contributing to something greater than ourselves,” says Dana Shaker ‘14. “That kind of a culture brings out the best in everyone, and I think it is the reason why the Athenas have been SCIAC women’s champs for such a long time.”

Meanwhile, CMS basketball lost two close conference games last week to Occidental (71-65 OT) and La Verne (82-77). With three games left in the season, the team is 8-14 overall and 4-9 in SCIAC, putting them in sixth place.

As winter sports wrap up, all eyes are looking forward to a dynamic spring season.

Lacrosse opened with a home victory over SCIAC rival Occidental (11-10), with midfielder Madi Shove ’13 scoring a team-high four points. Undefeated overall and in conference, the Athenas move on to matchups against Chapman and Whittier later this week.

Softball saw a doubleheader split on Saturday against top-ranked Cal State San Marcos. The first game was a complete-game shutout ending in the Athenas’ favor 6-0 win. However, CSU San Marcos came back to win the second game 3-1. The Athenas are 2-3 overall and open up SCIAC play this week with a doubleheader at Whittier on Saturday, February 16.

Water Polo ventured into the storm for the weekend at the Brown Invitational in Providence, R.I., and came away with a 1-3 record which included a 10-8 overtime win over Colorado State on Saturday. CMS lost games to Wagner (14-7), Brown (14-8) and Colorado State (16-9). The Athenas are now 1-6 on the season and have yet to play a SCIAC match.

The first official meet of track and field season is on Saturday, February 16 at UC San Diego.

Athlete Spotlights of the Week

Anthropology student Dana Shaker ’14 loves flying through the water during practices and meets. “It’s something that only happens once you have put in a lot of hours refining technique and building strength,” say says.

“Being a ‘Stagthena’ swimmer is like built-in family,” adds Kaela Nurmi ’15. “I have 60 people who are there to support me but also push me to do my best.” Nurmi, an art conservation major, was also a design editor for The Student Life and an admission ambassador for Scripps College in the fall.

Mara Falahee ’16, a forward on the basketball team, plans to major in economics. “I am most proud of having the best teammates on campus!”

— Lauren Prince ’14

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