The following is the fourth of 10 Flashback Friday articles that look back on the highlight achievements of CBU athletics over the 2013-14 campaign. A post will be made each Friday up until August 29, leading up to the 2014-15 season.
RIVERSIDE, Calif. --- The 2013-14 season brought lots of excitement as California Baptist University completed its transition as a fully-fledged NCAA Division II member. Continuing to excel in competition, four Lancer programs claimed conference titles.
To start the year on a high note, the CBU men's cross country team grabbed its third-straight PacWest title. Since joining the conference in 2011, CBU has been one step in front of the competition, with Bryton Reim taking the individual crown this past fall. The Lancers went on to qualify as a team for their first-ever NCAA Division II Championship meet, finishing the year 22nd overall.
In just its first year in the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference, the women's swimming and diving program took home the top conference honor, dominating the competition. The Lancers finished the four-day meet with 1,092 points with gold medals in 18 of the 19 total events. CBU went on to qualify 11 female swimmers for the NCAA Division II Championships. At the championship meet, the Lancers finished ninth overall, which stands as a school-best finish in the NCAA so far.
On Feb. 17, the CBU's men's basketball team enthusiastically cut down the net to celebrate its first-ever PacWest Conference Championship. The Lancers 79-68 defeat over Hawaii Pacific solidified the title with two regular season games left to play, capping an already historic season. CBU opened the season with a program-best record and start at 16-0 and went on to finish the year 24-4 on the year, 18-2 in the PacWest.
After winning the PacWest championship in 2012, the Lancers softball squad added to the collection after defeating Holy Names in a doubleheader (8-3, 9-1 in six innings) back on May 1 to end the season in victory. None of the other schools thought CBU was capable of the feat, picking the Lancers to finish third in the preseason poll. The Lancers went on to finish the year 46-13 and 27-5 in conference.
The four championships bring CBU's tally to 42 conference titles as a collective athletics program. With the 2014-15 campaign just around the corner, the Lancers are busy getting prepared to compete for more championships to add to an already growing list.