For five Claremont-Mudd-Scripps spring athletics teams, quests for national titles began this week, as the NCAA Division III Championships got underway.
Led by Margaret Loncki ’18, the top-ranked golfer in Division III, the No. 2 Athenas won the NCAA Championships Friday in Howey-in-the-Hills, Fla. Loncki won the individual title and CMS, which had won four of its last five tournaments heading into the NCAA Championships, defeated Williams College in a two-hole playoff.
The third-ranked Athenas received a first-round bye and open NCAA Tournament play on Friday in the second round. CMS is hosting the NCAA Regionals (Thursday through Saturday) and National Championships (May 21-26) at CMC’s Biszantz Family Tennis Center. The Athenas won the SCIAC championship this season and have won eight matches in a row heading into the NCAA Championships.
The fifth-ranked Stags will square off with UC Santa Cruz in the second round of the NCAA Tournament on Friday. CMS is hosting the NCAA Regionals through Saturday and the National Championships (May 21-26) at CMC’s Biszantz Family Tennis Center. Heading into the NCAA Championships, the SCIAC champion Stags have won 11 matches in a row.
Winners of 18 matches in a row, the No. 22 Athenas play at Colorado College on Sunday in the second round of the NCAA Tournament. The Athenas have not lost to a Division III opponent this season. CMS defeated Colorado College earlier this season, but fell to the Tigers last season in the NCAA Tournament.
After finishing the regular season tied for third place in the conference, CMS went on to win the SCIAC Tournament and earn an automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament. CMS faces George Fox University on Friday in the opening game of the Regional at Linfield College in McMinnville, Ore.
Men’s golf competes in the NCAA Championships May 15-18 in Greensboro, N.C. Women’s and men's track & field have several student-athletes who currently have qualifying marks and times for the NCAA Championships, which are May 24-26 in La Crosse, Wis.
“Our scholar-athletes and coaches work tirelessly at their craft which has resulted in a tremendous amount of success for CMS, and we’ll continue to raise our expectations going forward,” said Terrance Tumey, CMS Director of Athletics, Physical Education, and Recreation, and William B. Arce and George R. Roberts Fellow Instructor of Physical Education.
Since 2015, Claremont-Mudd-Scripps teams have won three NCAA Division III national championships. Many more CMS teams have finished in the top-10 at the NCAA Championships against the top competition in the country.
Please visit the CMS Athletics webpage for updated schedules, specific event times, locations, and results for the NCAA Championships.
Results through May 8, 2018