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Pomona-Pitzer’s water polo teams proves they are national champions

On Sunday, May 8, Pomona-Pitzer’s women water polo team garnered national attention when the team defeated Whittier College, 8-6, at Haldeman Pool to be crowned as the USA Water Polo Division III champions. This was the first time the college’s dual athletic program earned the Division III collegiate national championship.

Led mostly by the efforts of Pitzer senior and attacker Namlhun Jachung, who was the tournament’s MVP, the Sagehens never trailed in the championship game to the Poets. Jachung scored twice and assisted four goals in the championship victory.

Winning the national title sealed the triple crown for the Sagehens, who also won the SCIAC Tournament Championship and the SCIAC regular season championship.

For more information and game details, visit pitzer.edu/communications/2022/05/09/womens-water-polo-sagehens-crowned-usa-water-polo-division-iii-national-champions.

Back in December 2021, the men’s team also made athletic history when they completed their own treble. The men’s water polo team earned their first USA Water Polo Division III National Championship when they sinked their Sixth Street rival Claremont Mudd-Scripps in a thrilling 13-12 overtime win over on December 5 at Haldeman Pool. For a game recap, visit sagehens.com/sports/mwaterpolo/2021-22/releases/20211205tx1zb0.

The men’s team ended the season with a 27-8 overall record, lifting a SCIAC Regular Season Championship, SCIAC Tournament Championship and national championship in the process.

The COURIER congratulates the efforts of both the women’s and men’s water polo teams.

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