MOSCOW, Idaho – CSU Bakersfield’s swimming and diving teams travelled north for Western Athletic Conference duals against Idaho and Seattle U on Saturday. The Roadrunner men fell in a tight dual to Seattle U while CSUB’s women split against Idaho and Seattle.
“It was a rough day, but, I see some things that will make us much better and we have to work on them quickly,” said Chris Hansen, CSUB’s Director of Swimming. The ‘Runner women defeated Seattle U 167-115, but fell to Idaho 168-118.
“We knew we could out swim Seattle, but we should have been closer to Idaho,” Hansen said of his women’s squad. “Audrey Willoughby was the heart of the team today. She swam every race like she wanted to win. Maddie Cosgrove, Alisa Cooke, Michaela Salinas, Darya Samiee, and Sabrina Zavala all swam with heart today as well. I was psyched to see more names popping up on the women’s side.”
Willoughby, a junior from Bakersfield, reset her personal best in the 50 free with a time of 25.09 on Saturday. The graduate of Liberty High School also posted a season-best in the 100 free (54.86) and swam a leg of CSUB’s 400 free relay team, which finished second in Idaho.
Cosgrove, a freshman from San Diego, swept the 100 fly and 200 fly against the Redhawks and Vandals. Her time in the 100 fly was a season-best (58.54) while she posted a solid dual meet time in the 200 fly (2:07.94). Cooke reset a season-best in the 200 free (1:56.58) while Salinas swam well in the 500 and 1000 free. Samiee competed well in the 1000 free, 200 breast, and 200 free while Zavala finished second in the 1000 free (10:41.06) and 500 free (5:13.10).
Hansen concluded his recap of the women’s team by highlighting two of his senior leaders: “As always, Carlee Burks and Paola Hernandez were the top scorers. They both are leaders for a reason. They want to dominate.”
Hernandez, a senior from Lompoc, Calif., won the 100 free (51.73) by over a second and a half with a new season-best time. She went on to win the 200 free (1:53.53) while taking second place in the 200 IM (2:08.71). Burks, a senior from Bakersfield, earned a victory on the 3-meter board while missing her personal best in the event by less than three points. The senior also finished second in the 3-meter with a score of 306.80, resetting her season-best mark.
“We are a little disappointed today with the men,” Hansen said. “To be honest, we just didn’t show up like we should have. This is a tough loss. Lovre Soric and Jake Chir came to play and demonstrated what being an athlete is all about. You must attack every situation you are in.” The men lost to the Redhawks in a narrow decision, 143-125.
Soric, a native of Croatia, won the 200 IM (1:56.20) and the 200 free (1:43.48) before leading CSUB to a win in the 400 free relay (3:09.09). Chir finished second in the 100 breast (56.69), missing his personal best by just three one-hundredths of a second. The sophomore also finished second in the 200 breast with a solid dual-meet time (2:07.12).
“Joe Cobarrubias, Tyler Greenwald, and Richie Campbell also had a great day,” Hansen said. “Plain and simple, we have men that are not doing their jobs. They are hungry, but not following through. I believe they can do it, but, it’s time for some tough love.”
Cobarrubias, a junior from Fresno, Calif., joined Soric on the relay team and was runner-up to his teammate in the 200 free (1:44.52). He also finished second in the 100 free (47.63). Greenwald, CSUB’s only active men’s diver, won both boards with impressive scores. The senior posted his first 300+ mark of the season on the 3-meter (306.22) before scoring 299.10 points on the 1-meter. Campbell joined his teammates in the relay and also won the 50 free (21.51).
The Roadrunners will return to action Nov. 11-13 when CSUB’s divers take on the USC Diving Invitational. The ‘Runner swimmers will have two weeks to prepare for their biggest meet of the fall, the A3 Performance Invitational. A huge field of highly talented squads will meet in Monterey Park, Calif., Nov. 17-19, for the annual meet hosted by UC San Diego.