All four of CMS’ winter sports teams (women’s basketball, women’s swimming & diving, men’s swimming & diving and men’s basketball) had a tremendous amount of success this season. Combined, the Athenas and Stags won four SCIAC championships, and two SCIAC Tournament titles. Every winter team this year represented CMS at its respective NCAA Division III Championships in March. Below is an update on each team's results at the NCAA Championships.
Swimming & Diving
The Claremont-Mudd-Scripps swimming and diving teams wrapped up the 2017 National Championships with the Athenas in 21st and the Stags finishing 14th. CMS was the highest-finishing program from the Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference at the meet.
Day 1 Recap - Women’s 200 medley relay places 11th at Nationals
Day 2 Recap - Williams’ 100 fly and Athenas’ 400 medley relay earn points at NCAA Champs
Day 3 Recap - Williams, Ngo and Presti place individually; 800 free relays earn points for CMS
Day 4 Recap - Stags 14th, Athenas 21st as CMS wraps up 2017 Nationals
For the fourth-straight season, the Athenas won the SCIAC regular season and postseason tournament championships, registered a 20-plus win season, and qualified for the NCAA Division III Tournament. This year, the Athenas traveled to Dallas for its early-round tournament games. In the first round, the Athenas defeated host UT Dallas 79-63 on Friday, March 3. In the second round on March 4, the Athenas fell to No. 7 Trinity (Texas) 77-66. The Athenas ended the season with a 20-9 record. The six graduating seniors together had a staggering 91-23 record during their careers.
Winners of the SCIAC regular season and postseason tournament titles, the Stags qualified for the NCAA Division III Tournament and traveled to Walla Walla, Wash. for games at Whitman College. In the first round of NCAA play on Friday, March 3, the Stags beat No. 8 Whitworth University 78-73. The following night in the Round of 32, the Stags pushed undefeated and No. 1-ranked Whitman to the wire in a 79-73 loss. The Stags ended the season with a 23-5 record, their best record since 2011-12. The 23 wins tied for the second-most wins in program history.
Whitworth recap (NCAA Tournament – First Round)
Whitman recap (NCAA Tournament – Second Round)