It will be Loyola Marymount's second trip to the CBU campus this season. The Lion's women finished in second place (behind CBU) in the PCSC Pentathlon on Oct. 10.
The Roadrunners of Cal State Bakersfield bring in a highly talented group as two of their swimmers are ranked in the top 15 nationally by USAswimming.org. Sophomore Jake Priest has posted national top-10 times in the 400 IM (3:53.74; No. 9), and the 200 IM (1:48.88; No. 10).
Priest will be challenged by CBU's reigning NAIA champion Kevin Sellars. Sellars holds school and NAIA records in the 200 and 400 IM (1:49.44 and 3:53.86 respectively).
Cal State Bakersfield's senior Chad McKenzie is a breaststroke specialist; his time of 55.11 in the 100 breast is the 14th best mark nationally.
The Lancers, however, are no stranger to competition. At last week's Finis Invite they faced three NCAA squads and fared well. The team posted season bests in 25 events, including a CBU record in the women's 400 medley relay.
- Mary Hanson is on her way to earning the moniker 'freshman phenom', as she holds the team's top-three times of the year in both the 50 and 100 free. Her winning time of 23.60 in the 50 free at the Finis Invite is just two-hundredths of a second off the Lancer record (23.58; Jenelle Furuto, 2007).
- Vicente Andrade is having another great year. The senior has placed first three times in the 200 back (has yet to lose since finishing second at the National Championships last season) and has won twice in the 100 back.
- Kevin Sellars came into the year as the reigning NAIA champion in three events (200 IM, 400 IM, and the 800 free relay), and has proved that he belongs among the elite. He hold season bests in the 1650 free, as well as the aforementioned 200 and 400 IM.
- Trevor Graifman is also coming off an NAIA Championship year. The 2009-2010 3-meter dive champion is undefeated in both the 1-meter and 3-meter board this season and has yet to be challenged.