CMS Sports Recap: Spring 2011

This spring, student athletes from Claremont McKenna College, Harvey Mudd College, and Scripps College competed and, as usual, fared extremely well. As athletic director Mike Sutton put it, “Excellent performances led to our great results and I was very proud of our program this year. Stags and Athenas continue to balance their competitive passions with successful academic careers and contributions on our campuses. We continue to focus on playing well and trying to win at everything we do, a characteristic that will serve our soon-to-be alumni well.”  Here’s a recap of CMS sports highlights for the Spring of 2011:


The Stags 4th place finish does not do them justice. They went 17-11 in SCIAC (23-17 overall), led the nation in double plays per game, and had a pitcher drafted by the Seattle Mariners. The Mariners drafted Alex Sunderland (CMC ‘11)  in the 38th round after finishing his CMS career with a 20-7 record and a 3.94 ERA. He remains humble after the news: “I couldn't be more excited for the opportunity. I realize that not many people get a chance to play sports for a living, so I know I will make the most of it. Getting drafted has been a goal of mine for a long time and I'm so happy that all the hard work has paid off.”

The young team suffered early losses, but won nine straight games in the middle of the season to jump back into contention. Sunderland credits good defense with the team’s success: “Almost all of our lineup from last year had graduated, so a lot of young players had to step up and produce. Even though we weren't as explosive offensively, we made up for it by playing great defense and pitching well. The double play combo of Brian Gose (CMC ‘12) and Scott Witte (CMC ‘14) up the middle played particularly well as they were largely responsible for us leading the nation in double plays turned.”




Great sequels are rare. The Godfather II, Toy Story 2, and CMS Softball 2011. Coming off the best season in school history last year, the Athenas’ encore performance this year was even better.  The team recorded the best overall record and most wins in program history (35-12), their second consecutive SCIAC Championship and the first Back-to-Back SCIAC Championships in program history (2010, 2011). It was the Athenas’ second year in a row to earn the #1 seed/host for the SCIAC Tournament, and the most players in program history (8) earned All-SCIAC awards. Those players were Rebecca Gularte (SCR ‘12), Katerina Yale (CMC ‘11), Emily Lopez (CMC ‘12), Michelle Harvey (CMC ‘11), Megan Morris (CMC ‘12) and Amanda Banducci (CMC ‘12), Emma Friedenberg (SCR ‘12), and Harmony Palmer (CMC ‘13).



“We are always seeking to better our ‘best mark’ and we did just that,” says head coach Betsy Hipple, “to win SCIAC back-to-back years is quite extraordinary and we are proud of that achievement.  To win an elimination game at Nationals against the reigning national champions (and #3 in the nation), we are very proud of that.  To put 8 players on the All-SCIAC team, we are delighted with that.  So, our growth and development was significant this year and, I believe, will support even more success in 2012.”


As Tiger Woods collapsed last year, Tain Lee (CMC ‘12) surged, winning the 2010 NCAA Division III Championship. This year, he won the conference championship tournament, was selected to first team SCIAC, All West Region, first team All-American, and placed second at the NCAA Championship. Also notable, Freshman Jordan Stein (CMC ‘14) was named to the All-SCIAC second team. Overall, CMS finished third in SCIAC, and second in the championship tournament.

As for next year, head coach Bim Jollymour is optimistic: “We are looking forward to next season returning 11 letter winners, along with incoming freshmen Ben Ho (Vancouver BC), Matt Biggar (Los Altos CA) and Phillip North (Hilton Head Island SC). Additionally we have transfer Brad Shigezawa (Northwestern) coming to CMC.”

Women's Golf

There is big news for the Athenas: next year, Women's Golf will officially be added to the SCIAC conference. This means that in 2012, CMS will fight for a SCIAC championship for the first time. As far as the 2010-2011 season, the team played extremely well, and had a number of noteworthy individual performances.

As a team, CMS competed in ten events. In four of those events, an Athena won. The team also recorded two 2nd place finishes, two 3rd place finishes. At the prestigious Pasatiempo Golf Club in a tournament hosted by UC Santa Cruz, CMS finished 3rd as a team.

Next year the team looks very promising, with juniors Lauren Buchanan, Brittany Isobe (CMC '12), Emma McConville (CMC '12), Sophmore Kristina Block (SCR '13) and first year players Maya Reddy, Jackie Ketner, Elizabeth Diebel (SCR '14), and Ingrid VanValkenburg (SCR '14) all returning.


The CMS women were perfect in SCIAC play during the 2011 season, going 10-0 (just like they did last year), while finishing 16-3 overall. They won the SCIAC championship tournament, then beat the Redlands Bulldogs in the NCAA tournament’s first round, but lost to Gettysburg College (the eventual tournament champion) in the second round. The Athenas’ season included a #1 regional ranking, their second consecutive SCIAC championship, and third trip to the sweet 16 portion of the NCAA tournament.

Individually, Sarah Dick (CMC ‘11) and Madi Shove (SCR ‘13) were named 3rd team All-Americans as well as 1st team All-West Region, while Rachel Darby (SCR ‘13), Madi Shove, and Laura Hagen (CMC ‘11) were named 1st team All-SCIAC. On top of all this, Sarah Dick was also named SCIAC player of the year.




CMS finished 3rd in SCIAC after going 7-3 in conference play (15-12 overall). Candace Filippelli (CMC ‘14) and Abigail Woodruff (CMC ‘11) were named 1st team All-SCIAC, while Kristina Norrgard (CMC ‘12) was awarded 2nd team All-SCIAC. Only two games behind the SCIAC champion Occidental Tigers, the Athenas fought all the way to the end, and defeated Pomona-Pitzer both times they faced them.






Stags tennis dominated once again. They won their 6th straight SCIAC title after going undefeated in conference play (27-4 overall), were highlighted in a Wall Street Journal Article about the prowess of DIII sports, and, to cap it all off, Zhenya Pereverzin (CMC ‘14) and Ronald Wu (CMC ‘11) made it all the way to the NCAA championship match, where they took second to a team from Bowdoin college. Alex Lane (CMC ‘13), Zhenya Pereverzin (CMC ‘14), and Ronald Wu (CMC ‘11) were named All-Americans, and Alex Johnson (CMC ‘13) was named 1st team All-SCIAC.

The domination doesn’t appear likely to end any time soon either. Earlier in June, ranked the Stags’ recruiting class the best in the nation at the Division III level. The recruits were deemed 7th best out of all mid-major schools as well, which includes schools over fifteen times its size.



If you haven’t yet heard of Kristin Lim (CMC ‘13) or Crystal Lim (CMC ‘14), you will. The unrelated underclassmen were spectacular both individually and together. As a doubles pair, the tandem was the USTA-ITA DIII Small College National Doubles Runner-up, and throughout the season ranked the #1 pair in the West.

Individually, Crystal was named the 2011 ITA National Rookie of the Year, 1st team All-SCIAC, #13 in the Western region for Singles, and, to top it off, an All-American.

Kristin Lim did it all. In addition to her doubles performance, and distinction as an All-American, she won the NCAA Division III singles title. That’s an amazing accomplishment for a sophomore, and the SCIAC player of the year admits that it wasn’t easy: “Winning the championship was I guess you could say a dream come true. From the start of the season winning the NCAA title was one of my goals but achieving it felt so hard to do. The NCAA Title motivated me to push hard and give 100% in every single practice and match. Winning the title made all my hard work and sacrificing all worth it, and I was extremely fortunate that I had my teammates, friends, and family watching me throughout the tournament. I couldn't have asked for more.”


The Athenas won the SCIAC championship with a 9-1 record (21-4 overall) which is all the more impressive considering 10 of the team’s 16 players are freshmen.


After 19 years of consecutive SCIAC championships in Men’s Track and Field, the Stags’ streak ended this year, when they finished 2nd behind Redlands University. That said, CMS finished 27th in the nation, was named a USTFCCCA All-Academic Team, and yielded many outstanding individual performances.

Taylor Berliant (CMC ‘11) was named an All-American for the second time, not to mention an All-Academic Individual as well. He went to the NCAA National Championship Meet where he placed 3rd in the Hammer Throw with a throw of 202 feet, a season best. He also set the school record in the Shot Put by a foot with a toss of 55 feet 11 inches.


Kris Brown (CMC ‘11) was the SCIAC champion at 5,000 meters. At the NCAA National Championship meet, he ran the 10,000 meters, and took 9th out of 19 despite being seeded 17th. If your mind isn’t blown by his time of 30:45.33, you should go try running 6.2 miles at under 5 minute/mile pace and then try and say that’s not crazy. Jeff Macdonald (CMC ‘13) ran a 48.89 in the 400m prelims to place 13th in NCAAs, Grant Hefferman (CMC ‘11) threw the Shot Put 51 feet 1.5 inches to finish 15th in the country, and Georgi Dinolov (HMC ‘11) ran the 1500m and finished in a time of 4:02.32.


The Athenas easily defeated the Redlands Bulldogs in the SCIAC championship meet to secure the 2011 SCIAC title. Led by All-Americans Reny Colton (CMC ‘12) and Jennifer Tavé (SCR ‘12), CMS went 6-1 in dual meet competition, culminating in three SCIAC champions: Reny Colton 100 Hurdles, Long Jump, Triple Jump; Madeleine Miller (SCR ‘11) 400 Hurdles; Koko Huang (CMC ‘13) Pole Vault.

The women were the top ranked team from the Western region heading into nationals. Eight athletes flew to Ohio to compete in the NCAA division III championship:

Reny Colton (CMC '12) finished 7th in the Long Jump with a jump of 18 feet 4.25 inches. In Triple Jump she finished 14th after leaping 36 feet and 11.75 inches.

Jennifer Tavé finished 8th in the 10,000m in a time of 36:21.98 and the next day ran the 5,000m in 18:31.08. In other words, after running 6.2 miles at 6-minute pace, she slept, ate, cured cancer, then came back and ran 3.1 more miles in 6:10 pace.

Freshman Ellyn Erving placed 20th in the Long Jump with a jump of 17 feet 1.25 inches. She also jumped 36 feet 7 inches in the Triple Jump.

Madeleine Miller finished the 400m hurdles in 1:03.05, while Laura Sauvage (CMC '14) the 5000m in 18:31.08.

Also, new coach Kendra Reimer was named West Region Women's Coach of the Year and Jason Romero was named West Region Women's Assistant Coach of the Year by The United States Track & Field/Cross Country Coaches Association. Next year CMS will host the NCAA National Championship Meet.


Want more articles by Nathan Falk? You may also enjoy his article on David Brooks’s visit to Scripps, his piece on the CMC Trailers, or his GOP Political Report Card.


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