As most CMC students spend the next few weeks stressing over finals and working on pirate party bods, it’s easy to forget that many of our esteemed CMS athletes are gearing up for the most climactic portion of their year. While some CMS sports have already rounded out their seasons, such as women’s water polo, lacrosse, and baseball, there are several others with big performances still ahead. It’s definitely a busy time of year, but I encourage all CMC students to make an effort to be aware and supportive of their classmates as they engage in their last rounds of competition.
The Athenas have worked hard all season to achieve a strong record (25-12, 20-8) and enter their SCIAC tournament with the No. 2 seed, just behind the University of Redlands. The Athenas are one of four teams to enter the post-season SCIAC tournament, the winner of which will earn automatic qualification for the NCAA tournament. The Athenas are set to play their first game against Chapman University on Friday, May 2nd. They have fared well against Chapman this season, and come off a runner-up SCIAC finish last year.
Women’s Track and Field:
The Athenas are gearing up for war this weekend. Three different teams –CMS, La Verne, and California Lutheran– are all crunched up right at the top, and it will be an extremely close competition where every race counts. If they take the title, this will be a huge win for the Athena team that got 3rd in SCIAC last year. There is also potential for many of the Athenas to hit NCAA-qualifying marks, and this weekend serves as the primary opportunity to solidify their national rankings and NCAA invitations. For those who qualify, the NCAA championship for men and women kicks off in Ohio starting May 22nd.
Men’s Track & Field:
The men’s track and field team heads off to the SCIAC championship at Occidental this weekend. The Stags are traditionally a very strong squad and have only lost a few SCIAC championships in the last 20 years. That said, the University of Redlands and La Verne squads are right on their heels this season, and this year might not be so easy. The team is on the edge of an NCAA invitation and their performance this weekend could secure their rankings.
The Athena Tennis Players will be hosting their SCIAC championships at the Biszantz Tennis Center this weekend. They are the top seeded team going into the championship, led by the No. 1 ranked Western doubles team of Caroline Ward CMC ’16 and Katie Kuosman CMC ’17.
The Athenas have the luxury of hosting both championship tournaments, as the NCAA matches will be held at home too. After a fourth place finish last year, the strong Athena team will look to make a mark at the DIII NCAA tournament starting May 19th.
The Stags tennis team is in for a ride the next few weeks. The defending SCIAC champs look to repeat their team title at California Lutheran University this weekend. This is an exceptionally strong team and they were looking to add to a long streak of SCIAC titles.
After the SCIAC tournament, the Stags have the honor of hosting the NCAA tournament at their very own Biszantz Tennis Center starting on May 19th. Currently the #1 ranked team in DIII, and coming off a runner-up finish at last year’s NCAA championship, the stags are looking to take their first ever team title –and on their home courts too.
The strong Athena Golf team is fresh off its third consecutive SCIAC championship performance, lead by junior Shaina Raskin’s (SC’15) second place individual finish. The competition isn’t over just yet, as the Athenas are set to travel down to the NCAA Championships in Florida. The Athenas will be looking to improve upon their 11th place finish at last years competition and make a statement on the national stage.
The Stags Golf team has just come off a very successful weekend, having won the team title at this years SCIAC championships. This was the first team title since the mid-90s, and was just a narrow victory over the traditionally strong Redlands team. The team now moves on to the NCAA championships in Greensboro, NC. There are some exceptionally talented golfers here, and Brad Shigezawa (CMC ’15) looks to repeat his individual NCAA title. The team also has enough depth that the team has a strong shot at its first ever national team title.