GRAND JUNCTION, Colo.--- California Baptist University continued to improve on the second day of the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference Championship with record-breaking relay times, as well as individual record-times.
The Lancer women are still holding a considerable lead in the championship with 549 total points after breaking records in both relays, and posting exceptional scores on the diving board.
The CBU men stand in second place with 517 points, while Colorado Mesa sits in first--51 points ahead--after the finals events of the day.
Hailey Golden, Kristina Tchernyshev, Anna Megli, and Mary Hanson set the final competition of day two off with another CBU program record in the 200-yard freestyle relay. The team posted a NCAA Division II ‘B’ qualifying time of 1:35.59 to finish in first place and earn a gold medal in the event.
The CBU ‘B’ team relay won the first heat of the 200-free relay with Courtney Chacon, Abby Mullen, Kayla Kovats, and Katie Liddell leading the team to 1:40 final time and adding to the Lancers overall scoring.
In a battle throughout the 400-yard individual medley, Alena Rumientceva was able to pick up speed in the 100-yards of breaststroke, which gave her a considerable lead to finish in first place. Rumientceva clocked in at 4:22.81, which broke the CBU program record and qualified her in the ‘B’ category for nationals.
Following Rumientceva, Chacon swam a hard-fought race and posted her season-best time in the 400 IM grabbing third place overall in 4:26.77, which qualified her in the ‘B’ category as well.
Tchernyshev—with her season-best time—and Kyndal Terwilliger both posted ‘B’ standard times in their one-two finish in the 100 butterfly with their 56.55 and 57.18 respective times.
Yosita Hapsari broke the CBU program record with her 1:51.25 ‘B’ qualifying time in the 200 free and grabbed first overall for a gold-medal win. Megli took fourth in the event to add to the Lancers' dominating score.
The CBU women’s dive team posted impressive scores on the 1-meter platform in their first event of the championship, which led to considerable scoring points overall for the women’s team.
Breanne Schlenger won the gold after scoring a staggering 439.50 points in the 11-dive event. Lauren Skinner tallied a final score of 4:13.40 on the board for a bronze-medal finish, while Miranda King scored a 382.95 and Millie Moro a 367.30 in the event.
In the same way they opened the day, the Lancer women closed out the day with another record-breaking, gold-winning time in the 400-yard medley relay. Hanson, Rumientceva, Terwilliger, and Hapsari’s final time of 3:44.77 broke the RMAC record, CBU school record, and CMU pool record and was just shy of hitting the ‘A’ standard mark.
Ring posted a CBU school record and ‘B’ standard time in the preliminary round of the 200 free with his 1:39.3 official time and finished in second in the final round with a time of 1:39.41. Following Ring was Wedel in fourth place with his season-best ‘B’ standard time of 1:40.58. Robert Nichols qualified in the ‘B’ category in the second heat of the event clocking in at 1:39.88 and cruising to a first-place finish in the heat.
Josh Hanson posted a season-best time in the preliminary round of the 400 IM with a ‘B’ qualifying time of 3:57.86. He finished in first in the final round clocking in at 3:58.07.
Hayes and Brown grabbed second and fourth, respectively, in a very close 100 fly race with their ‘B’ standard 49.64 and 49.74 respective times. With his mark, Hayes set a new personal season-best time.
Along with the women, the Lancer men closed out the meet with a solid first-touch finish in the 400-medley relay, clocking in at 3:19.67. The gold winning ‘A’ relay team was swam by Brown, Hanson, Hayes, and Ring.
The ‘B’ team relay contributed to the overall scoring significantly with their heat's first-place finishing time of 3:23.49. Nichols, Blake, Wedel and Teraoka were the four contributors in the event.
CBU will continue its look at a first-ever RMAC title Friday, beginning with the 500 free, 100 back, 100 breast, 200 fly, men’s 1-meter dive, and the 800 freestyle relay.
The RMAC will also recognize academic honors in the conference prior to the start of the finals.