RIVERSIDE --- California Baptist University has announced it will join the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference (RMAC) for wrestling and men’s and women’s swimming and diving effective this upcoming 2013-14 season.
Men’s and women’s swimming and diving will move to the all NCAA Division II RMAC from the mixed affiliation Pacific Collegiate Swim and Dive Conference (PCSC). This will be the first conference affiliation for CBU wrestling.
“We are thrilled to join the RMAC for wrestling and men’s and women’s swimming and diving,” said CBU Director of Athletics Dr. Micah Parker. “We look forward to competing against the best in the west region for both of those sports. I know this conference will help prepare our student athletes for national competition.”
“We are excited to bring in CBU as an associate member in the RMAC,” said RMAC Interim Commissioner Eric Danner. “CBU will help make our conference more competitive in the sports of swimming and diving and wrestling. It also gives a group of student-athletes opportunities to compete for conference championships.”
CBU will be one of two associate members in the conference for wrestling along with San Francisco State. The RMAC features a total of nine wrestling programs. Adams State, Chadron State, Colorado Mesa, Colorado School of Mines, Colorado State-Pueblo, New Mexico Highlands and Western State-Colorado also compete in the conference.
“We are excited to be part of this prestigious conference and look forward to the great competition the conference provides,” said CBU Wrestling Head Coach Lennie Zalesky. “The RMAC wrestling conference has produced some of the best wrestlers in the nation. We are very appreciative of the RMAC committee for granting the CBU wrestling team membership status.”
For men’s swimming and diving the RMAC currently features four programs with the addition of CBU, and a fifth joining in 2014-15 (Lindenwood). On the women’s side the conference has five programs with Lindenwood again joining as the sixth member in 2014-15. Adams State, Colorado Mesa and Colorado School of Mines sponsor both men’s and women’s programs, while Western State-Colorado features a women’s squad only.
“The RMAC gives us a great opportunity to qualify for NCAA Division II Nationals in a fantastic indoor facility,” said CBU Swim and Dive Head Coach Rick Rowland. “The PCSC has been great for us, but we are excited to have an all Division II conference as well as experience some good out of state travel.”
CBU will begin competition in the RMAC with the start of the upcoming season. The conference meets for all three sports will be at Colorado Mesa in Grand Junction, Colo., with both swim and dive meets taking place Feb. 19-22 and wrestling held Feb. 28-March 1.