GRAND JUNCTION, Colo.--- In its first-ever Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference Championship, California Baptist University’s swim and dive teams grabbed first and second, with the women sweeping the board with accolades.
Head coach Rick Rowland earned RMAC Women’s Swim Coach of the Year for the 2013-14 season, Courtney Chacon won women’s Freshman of the Year, Mary Hanson won women’s Swimmer of the Year and Yosita Hapsari won women’s swimmer of the meet. Breanne Schlenger won women’s Diver of the Year as well as Women’s Diver of the Meet. Sophomore, Josh Hanson earned male Swimmer of the Year and was named male Swimmer of the Meet as well.
Over the course of the four-day meet, the women tallied a staggering 1,092 points with gold medals in 18 of 19 events including 4 team relays and grabbing the gold and silver medals on both the 1-meter and 3-meter platforms.
The men put up a total of 1,059 points with 8 gold medals, 8 silver, and 4 bronze as well as a bronze and silver-medal finish from two of the divers.
After winning the gold medal on the 1-meter platform Wednesday, Breanne Schlenger posted a phenomenal score of 474.60 on the 3-meter board in her final event of the championships for another gold-medal finish and a CBU record in the event.
Lauren Skinner grabbed her second silver medal with her 444 total points on the 3-meter board for a solid finish as a freshman. Miranda King and Millie Moro scored 396.90 and 378.35 in the event for fourth and fifth place, respectively.
Courtney Chacon posted a leading 17:08.81 time in the 1,650-yard freestyle—dropping 21 seconds from her season-best time and grabbing the gold medal for the second time at the championship. Ashley Weedman posted her season-best and NCAA Division II ‘B’ qualifying time for the first time this season with her third-place finish in 17:35.12.
Mary Hanson broke yet another RMAC, CBU program record, and Colorado Mesa record in the 200-yard backstroke with her nearly ‘A’ qualifying time of 1:59.54, while Kylie Mihld gave the Lancers a one-two finish with her silver medal time of 2:02.5.
Alena Rumientceva won the gold medal while breaking another RMAC, CBU, and Colorado Mesa record with her 200-yard breaststroke time of 2:14.95—just .05 away from the automatic qualifying time.
The Lancer men's dive team competed in a set of trial dives where Kendall Rummell was just two points shy of the national qualifying score and Chris Carlberg landed three points short---a tough finish for the men.
Elijah Barrows broke the CBU program record, as well as Colorado Mesa record, and was just three seconds shy of the automatic qualifying time in the 1,650 free finishing in 15:26.63. Barrows took the race in the last 200 yards for the gold-medal. Derek Wedel, in a .4 difference for fourth place, posted a career-best 15:56.73 time. Mitchell Spezzaferri posted his season-best time in the event clocking in at 16:10.53.
David Ring—the only CBU swimmer competing in the men’s final 100 free—swam neck-and-neck for the gold medal clocking in at a season-best 45.50.
Robert Nichols grabbed the silver medal in a close 200-backstroke race, clocking in a season-best time of 1:47.79. Nolan Brown finished with a bronze-medal time of 1:49.36 in the event to give the Lancers a two-three finish.
Josh Hanson pulled to a gold-medal finish in the last 100 yards of the 200-yard breaststroke race clocking in at a season-best time of 2:01.89. Bryce Arata and Chaffin Blake both finished the event in 2:05.18 and 2:06.75, respectively.
The Lancer men posted a CBU record in yet another close 400 free relay with their silver-medal time of 3:01.05 to close out their first-ever RMAC Championships. Hanson, Ring, Josh Collison, and Nichols swam their heart out in their final event of the meet to take the silver medal just .4 behind Colorado Mesa.
Mary Hanson, Schlenger, Skinner, King, Moro and Brown are among the automatic qualifiers for NCAA Division II National Championships in Geneva, Ohio March 12-15 while the ‘B’ qualifiers who get invited to the competition will be released later this week.