RIVERSIDE--- California Baptist University’s men and women hosted nationally-ranked UC San Diego in their final home meet of the season. It made for a historic first-place finish for the women and a tough loss on the men’s side.
The Lancer women outscored the Tritons, 174-126, for the first time in program history Saturday and won 10 individual events and one relay to improve their record to 6-1 in dual-meets.
“We have a lot of girls climbing the rankings,” said head coach Rick Rowland. “Today’s meet was history making.”
CBU started the meet off with a dominating win in the 400-yard medley relay, touching first in three minutes, 47.39 seconds making Mary Hanson, Alena Rumiantceva, Kyndal Terwilliger, and Yosita Hapsari the third-fastest team in the nation and breaking both the school and pool record in the process.
Along with her contribution in the relay, Rumiantceva posted record-breaking times in each of her three events on the day. She broke the pool record in the 100-yard breaststroke in 1:04.09 and touched first at 2:16.58 in the 200 breast and 4:30.58 in the 400-yard individual medley.
Hanson also contributed three individual wins for the women, leading off with the 100 back (54.56). She recorded a time of 23.76 in the 50 free and 51.58 in the 100 free in her other wins.
Hapsari grabbed two event wins for the women leading the 200 free with a time of 1:51.75 and recording a 5:08.63 in the 500 free.
Terwilliger finished first in two of her events—the 200 fly (2:06.07) and the 100 fly (56.87). She also placed third in the 400 IM recording a time of 4:38.89. Kristina Tchernyshev trailed behind Terwilliger in the 100 fly for a runner-up time of 57.87, and grabbed third in the 200 fly (2:11.83).
The CBU women’s dive team also dominated with top scores in the 1-meter six-dive event led by Breanne Schlenger with a score of 262.40, followed by Lauren Skinner (249.60), Millie Moro (241.40) and Miranda King (225.75). Moro also scored an NCAA Division II “B” qualifying score in the 1-meter, 11-dive event later in the day with 395.40 points.
On the 3-meter platform, Schlenger tallied 263.55 points to lead the women, with King (247.10), Skinner (240.65), and Moro (221.35) following in that respective order. King also scored in the “B” standard category on the 3-meter, 11-dive event with a total of 435.90 points.
Facing tough competition, the Lancer men were outscored by the No. 8 Tritons 178-122—making this their first loss of the season in dual-meets.
The CBU men started the meet off with a noteworthy, first-place finish in the 400-medley relay coming down to David Ring’s final reach to touch first in 3:25.22. Nolan Brown, Josh Hanson, and Jeremy Hayes contributed to the event, as well.
Hanson led the CBU men with two individual wins and a career-best time on the day. Hanson clocked in at 1:52.57 in the 200 fly and cruised to a victory in the 400 IM with a time of 4:04.46. In addition, Hanson posted a career-high time and was runner-up in the 200 breast (2:04.54)—just barely being out-touched by UCSD’s Nicholas Korth, who is currently the fastest breaststroker in the nation.
Brown posted two wins for the Lancer men in the 100 back (51.0) and the 200 back (1:51.41). Brown was out-touched in the 100 fly by a mere two-hundredths of a second with a final time of 51.87 to grab the runner-up spot.
Derek Wedel recorded two runner-up times of 4:42.0 in the 500 free and 9:45.61 in the 1000—a season best.
Austin Aberle and Ring also contributed second-place finishes in the 200 free (1:46.0) and the 100 free (47.38), respectively. Ring finished right behind Aberle in the 200 free with a time of 1:46.33, while Aberle grabbed third in the 500 free (4:51.02) behind Wedel.
The CBU men grabbed second and third in the 400-free relay to close out the meet’s scoring with Ring, Andrew Denton, Robert Nichols and Hayes contributing to the 3:09.92 second-place finish, while Bryce Arata, Wedel, Aberle and Brent Teraoka clocked in at 3:11.99 for third place.
The Lancer men’s dive team had tough competition as well, taking for third, fourth, and fifth-place finishes on both the 1-meter and 3-meter platforms with Kendall Rummell, Andrew Rotundo and Chris Carlberg finishing in the respective order on both boards.
“I thought the men posted really good times overall,” said Rowland. “This was just a tough match-up for us.”
Both, the Lancer men and women are now 6-1 in dual-meets. The women head to Fairbanks, Alaska Jan. 24-25, while the men take a break before heading to the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference Championship in February.