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2013-14 a record year for CMS Athletics on conference and national levels

Summer 2014

Over the years, Claremont-Mudd-Scripps Athletics has won 37 Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SCIAC) All-Sports Trophies and has been ranked in the upper echelon of Division III programs in the annual Directors’ Cup standings. Even with CMS’ legacy of success, the 2013-14 school year proved to be a record year for the Stags and Athenas as CMS had its best overall year in conference play (CMS teams won 12 SCIAC Championships) and tied its highest mark in the Division III Learfield Sports Directors’ Cup standings with a 13th-place finish in the final 2013-14 rankings.

Roberts Pavilion construction update

If you have been on campus lately or watched the Roberts Pavilion camera, you would have seen crews busy at work in the early stages of the Roberts Pavilion project. During the first stretch of summer (late May and throughout June), crews have been at work on the Earthwork Stage, removing an average of 200 truckloads per day of dirt and rock as they dig out the footprint for the building’s foundation. In July, construction of the foundation will be under way along with work on the underground utilities. Then in early fall, erection of the building’s structural steel will commence.

CMC and Claremont lacrosse alumni coaching in World Lacrosse Championships

Not Not many colleges can say that they have a former player coaching in the Federation of International Lacrosse (FIL) World Lacrosse Championships, but CMC has two. Dylan Sheridan ’06 is making his first appearance in the World Lacrosse Championships, coaching Thailand, while Merrill (Skipp) Stillwell ’09 is coaching Colombia in his second appearance in the World Lacrosse Championships.

David Schwarz hired as head coach of CMS women’s tennis program

Claremont-Mudd-Scripps’ Director of Athletics Michael Sutton ’76 has announced that David Schwarz, a two-time NCAA Division III national championship-winning head coach has been hired as CMS’ new head women’s tennis coach. At Middlebury College, Schwarz’s teams won two NCAA Division III national championships, and in 2004, he was named Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) National Coach of the Year. He brings 14 years of head coaching experience to Claremont from the NCAA Division I and Division III levels, most recently as the head coach of the Brown University men’s tennis program, where he went 57-35 over four seasons (2011-14) at the Ivy League program. Prior to Brown, his head coaching career began at the Division III level for the men’s team at Middlebury College (2001-10).

Tennis teams excel at NCAA Championships on team and individual levels

CMS Athletics played host to the NCAA Division III Men’s and Women’s Tennis Championships May 19-24 at Claremont McKenna College’s Biszantz Family Tennis Center. The CMS men’s team and women’s team were in the mix for a national championship in the team competition and also had singles players and doubles teams fighting for individual and doubles national titles. The Stags made it all the way to the national championship match in the team competition, but lost 5-3 to Amherst. In the singles championships, Warren Wood ’15 became the first Stag since 2004 to reach the finals, losing in two sets to Amherst’s Joey Fritz. On the women’s side, Katie Kuosman ’17 and Caroline Ward ‘ 16 were finalists in the doubles competition, which marked the second straight year that Ward made the doubles finals. As a team, the Athenas were knocked out of the Championships in the quarterfinals with a 5-4 loss to Johns Hopkins.

Town wins 500th game as CMS baseball coach

Coach Randy Town earned his 500th career win as the Claremont-Mudd-Scripps baseball team beat Redlands 9-6 on April 12. As the head coach of the Stags since 1988, Town is the winningest coach in CMS baseball history. Additionally, Town is in the top-40 for all-time victories in NCAA Division III baseball. Town now has 505 career wins.

Athena softball makes deep NCAA postseason run

Despite having a young team in 2014, the Athenas made it all the way to the Super Regionals of the 62-team NCAA Division III Softball Championships for the first time and were just three outs from advancing to the eight-team final round. East Texas Baptist defeated CMS in three games in the Super Regionals but CMS still had its best-ever NCAA showing with wins over Linfield and Redlands (twice) in the Regionals, and a victory over East Texas Baptist in the Super Regionals. CMS finished the season with a 32-15 record and won its third-straight SCIAC Postseason Tournament championship.

LOOKING AHEAD

CMS Hall of Fame Weekend and CMC Homecoming and Volunteer Weekend

CMS’ annual Hall of Fame Banquet is set for Saturday, Nov. 8. Other activities on the day include the men’s water polo team’s home match vs. Chapman at Axelrood Pool and the football team’s home game vs. Whittier. Earlier in the fall, on the weekend of Oct. 11, Claremont McKenna College is hosting CMC Homecoming and Volunteer Weekend festivities. CMS sporting events on Oct. 11 include the men’s soccer team’s home match vs. UC Santa Cruz and a home football game vs. La Verne.

Mark your calendars for fall sports and alumni events

Schedules for CMS’ fall sports teams (women’s cross country, men’s cross country, women’s soccer, men’s soccer, football, volleyball and men’s water polo) have been posted on the CMS Athletics website. Take a look at the schedules and start planning now on which events you are going to attend!

Several fall teams traveling out of state for nonconference games

Several teams this fall are traveling out of California to play some nonconference games and matches at or near the start of their seasons. Here is a list of the teams along with the dates and location of the host teams.
SPORT LOCATION OPPONENT(S) DATE(S)
Football Tacoma, Wash. Puget Sound Sept. 6
Women’s Soccer Boston Emmanuel Sept. 5
Cambridge, Mass. MIT Sept. 6
Volleyball San Antonio, Texas Texas Lutheran Sept. 12
San Antonio, Texas Trinity (Texas) Sept. 12
San Antonio, Texas MaryHardin-Baylor Sept. 13
San Antonio, Texas Southwestern Sept. 13