CMS Athenas Hunt (and Find) Victory

Nearly 40 Scripps Women during the 2003-2004 school year tackled intercollegiate athletics and academics simultaneously. Their competitive efforts helped the Claremont-Mudd-Scripps (CMS) athletic team win the All Sports trophy for the best athletic program in the Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SCIAC) for the 12th consecutive year.

“All our teams had particularly good seasons this year, and Scripps women made significant contributions to our success in every sport,” said Michael Sutton, CMS director of athletics and physical education.

According to Scripps athletes, training to compete -both physically and intellectually- is exhausting, but worthwhile. “Although being a CMS Athena takes time and commitment, these small compromises are far outweighed by the friendships developed and camaraderie among teammates,” said Deena Opp ’06. She adds,”Being involved in sports also forces you to manage your time more wisely-a good experience for every student.”

This year, women’s cross-country, swimming, tennis, and track and field teams brought home the SCIAC Championship; the basketball team secured a co-champion title; while lacrosse, softball, soccer, and water polo all finished a respectable second in SCIAC.

Individually, Scripps women took top honors in their respective sports: sophomore tennis player Lauren Drew, as well as sophomore softball players Deena Opp, Kirstin Wilson, and Tina Hamayasu all achieved First Team All-SCIAC status. Earning a spot on the Second Team All-SCIAC were seniors Emily Cr.lnk, Kristen Kennel, Denali Tice in track & field, and first-year Kerry Henley in water polo. Recent Scripps graduate Kristen Kennel ’04, who placed second at the SCIAC: Championships this year in both the hammer and discus throws, received the 2003 Scripps Athlete of the year Award.

Mallory Singer ’07, the leading scorer on the CMS lacrosse team, gained recognition outside of the division. Singer was selected to play on the USA West Lacrosse team, comprised of premiere collegiate and post-collegiate lacrosse players. She is the only non-Division I athlete on the team that is traveling to Japan this summer to defend the team’s title at the International Lacrosse Friendship Games in Tokyo.