Three CMS Spring Sports Win SCIAC Championships…So Far
Softball, women's golf and men's track & field each won conference championships over the opening weekend of postseason play
Postseason play is in full swing for several of the Claremont-Mudd-Scripps Athletics spring sports teams. Over the weekend the Athena softball team won the Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SCIAC) postseason tournament for the second-consecutive year, while women’s golf won its second-straight conference title and men’s track & field captured the team’s first SCIAC Championship since 2010. The No. 1 ranked men’s tennis team and No. 2 ranked women’s team play in the SCIAC Championships May 3-4 as both teams look to repeat as conference champions.
With four finishers in the top-5, the CMS women’s golf team cruised to its second-straight title at the SCIAC Women’s Golf Championships April 27-29, at Oak Valley Golf Course. As SCIAC Champions, next up for the Athenas are the NCAA Division III Women’s Golf Championships which are May 14-17, at Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort in Destin, Fla. Sophomore Shaina Raskin (Scripps) won the tournament by four strokes with a three-day score of 229.
The Athenas swept their way through the SCIAC Postseason Tournament April 26-27, to clinch the SCIAC Postseason Tournament Championship and the conference’s automatic bid to NCAA postseason play. On Friday, April 26, CMS topped Chapman 3-0 and La Verne 3-0. The team closed out its weekend with a 13-2 victory over Redlands in the Championship Game on Saturday, April 27. Sophomore outfielder Marie Bradvica (CMC) had a team-high five RBI in Saturday’s win over Redlands. The Athenas are 32-11 overall and now await their NCAA postseason opponent, which is scheduled to be announced at 7 a.m. PST Monday, May 6.
Men’s Track & Field
The men’s track & field team competed at the SCIAC Championships on April 26-27 at Occidental College, winning the title with 212.5 points. The Stags, who finished 7-0 in SCIAC dual-meet competition this season, earned the 20th title in team history. The Stags won six individual events at the meet. The winners were sophomore Justin Jones (HMC) in the 800 (1:53.16), freshman Evan Molineux (CMC) in the 1,500 (3:55.47), senior Bennett Naden (HMC) in the steeplechase (9:21.17), senior Brian Sutter (CMC) in the 5,000 (14:45.66), sophomore Matt Espy (HMC) in the 400 hurdles (54.10) and junior Nick Hobbs (CMC) in the shot put (46-05.25).
The Stags finished in second place at the SCIAC Men’s Golf Championships that ran from April 27-29, at Oak Valley Golf Course in Beaumont, Calif. Junior Bradley Shigezawa (CMC) came from behind on the last day to win the tournament by two strokes with a three-round score of 212. The Stags now await a possible invitation to the NCAA Division III Men’s Golf Championship, which is May 14-17, in Destin, Fla.
The Athenas closed out their season with a 13-12 triple overtime loss at Pomona-Pitzer on Wednesday, April 24 in the quarterfinals of the SCIAC Women’s Lacrosse Championships. Senior midfielder Madi Shove (Scripps) and senior attacker Rachel Darby (Scripps) scored seven goals and one goal, respectively, in their final game for the Athenas. CMS ended the season with an 8-10 overall record and 4-7 in SCIAC play.
Women’s Track & Field
The women’s track & field team finished in third at the SCIAC Championships on April 26-27, at Occidental College, with 134 points. The Athenas, who finished 7-1 in dual meets, finished tied for second in the conference for the season. The Athenas won two individual events at the meet. The winners were senior Reny Colton (CMC) in the 100 hurdles (15.16) and junior Allison Barnwell (CMC) in the steeplechase (11:11.65).
Women’s Water Polo
The Athenas closed out their season by finishing in third place at the SCIAC Women’s Water Polo Championships April 26-28, at Pasadena City College. CMS opened the Championships with a 14-7 win over La Verne on Friday. On Saturday, Redlands topped CMS 10-9. On Sunday against Occidental in the third-place game, junior driver Alex Toohey (CMC) scored with 48 seconds left in sudden victory overtime to give CMS a 9-8, come-from-behind victory. The Athenas ended the season with a 15 wins, the program’s most since 2011.