GENEVA, Ohio—California Baptist University closed out one of its most historic seasons in program history with a phenomenal ninth-place finish for the women and the men grabbing 20th in the first NCAA Division II Championship meet for the Lancers.
Thirteen CBU women tallied a total of 149 points throughout the four-days of competition and accumulated a team total of five All-American honors and one honorable mention accolade.
The three Lancer men scored a total of 52 points and earned a team total of three All-American honors and four honorable mentions.
On the final day of competition, Alena Rumiantceva broke her own personal-best and CBU record in the 200-yard breaststroke touching-fourth in 2:13.42 and earning All-American in the event for the second time in the championship meet.
Mary Hanson, after becoming the NCAA DII Champion in the 100 back just yesterday, managed to break her own CBU record and recorded another season-best time of 1:58.47 in the 200-yard backstroke. The junior finished fourth overall and earned yet another All-American accolade.
Courtney Chacon swam her longest distance event—the 1650 freestyle—and recorded a 17:26.31 final time to finish 20th overall.
Nolan Brown grabbed his first All-American accolade in the 200 back by placing fourth overall. Brown clocked in at 1:46.24 in his final event of the championships.
Elijah Barrows also earned his first All-American honor in his final, and longest, event of his first NCAA Division II Championship. The sophomore finished in eighth place and recorded a 15:35.08 official time in the 1650 freestyle.
Josh Hanson managed to qualify for the finals in all four of his individual events throughout the four days, including the 200 breaststroke, which came on the final day of the meet. Hanson posted a season-best time of 2:01.09 and finished 16th overall—earning his third honorable mention accolade.
The Lancers accomplished exactly what they hoped in their inaugural NCAA DII Championship Meet and made quite a dent in the record-books. The young CBU team can now put to rest the 2013-14 season and prepare for next years endless possibilities.