Claremont-Mudd-Scripps (CMS) received eight of nine first place votes and 80 total points of a possible 81 to finish first in the 2017-18 Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SCIAC) Men's Swimming & Diving Preseason Poll in a vote conducted by the league's men's swimming & diving coaches.
Pomona-Pitzer finished second in the voting after receiving one first place vote en route to 73 total points. The Stags edged the Sagehens, 1,030 to 1,022 at the four-day SCIAC Swimming & Diving Championships a year ago, while Redlands and Cal Lutheran finished third and fourth at the championships. In the 2017 preseason poll, the Bulldogs edged Cal Lutheran, 57-56.
Fifth in the preseason voting was Occidental with 38 points, while Caltech was just five points behind at 33 points in sixth place. In seventh place came La Verne (28), while Whittier (21) and Chapman (19) rounded out the preseason poll.
CMS will have to defend its SCIAC title without the services of graduated senior Matt Williams who repeated as the SCIAC Athlete of the Year in 2017 following an extraordinary performance at the conference championships. Underclassmen Ben Culberson, Aaron Lutzker, Henry Limm, and John Everett each won indvidual events for the Stags, while Kendall Hollimon excelled at both the 1-meter and 3-meter dive. CMS also secured victories in the 400-yard medley and 800-yard freestyle relays.
The Sagehens will look to challenge CMS once again this season as they welcome back Adrian Hu and Mark Hallman who each won an event at last year's championships, while the Pomona-Pitzer 200-yard medley, 200-yard freestyle, and 400-yard freestyle relay squads notched wins.
Caltech's Tom Gallup was named the Newcomer of the Year in 2017 after securing league titles in the 100-yard and 200-yard breaststroke. He became the Beavers' first champion swimmer since 1996, and first double winner at the same meet since 1982.
2017-18 SCIAC Men's Swimming & Diving Preseason Poll
(#) Denotes First Place Votes
1. CMS (8) - 80 points
2. Pomona-Pitzer (1) - 73 points
3. Redlands - 57 points
4. Cal Lutheran - 56 points
5. Occidental - 38 points
6. Caltech - 33 points
7. La Verne - 28 points
8. Whittier - 21 points
9. Chapman - 19 points