BAKERSFIELD, Calif. – CSU Bakersfield’s men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams hosted UNLV in a dual meet at the Hillman Aquatic Center Saturday morning. The Roadrunner men dropped a very tight meet against their fellow Western Athletic Conference members while the Rebels downed the CSUB women in a non-conference dual.
“The men lost by just 12 points,” said Chris Hansen, CSUB’s Director of Swimming, about his men’s squad’s performance. “On one hand, I’m psyched that we can come that close to such a great team. On the other hand, I can count the 12 points where we didn’t step up.”
Hansen went on to highlight his top men’s competitors from Saturday’s meet: “Brayden Greenwald, Lovre Soric, Tyler Greenwald, and Owen van Krimpen all had big days. Luka Seles, Mario Vasquez, Greg Lee, and Jake Chir also scored us some big points today. However, we cannot win the meet with just 10 guys. There are some very important people missing from that list. It’s time for us to focus and possibly change these results in February when it counts.”
When asked about the women’s team, Hansen was impressed with several ‘Runners: “The women came out and did a great job. Paola Hernandez and Carlee Burks had a great day. Hannah Chernabaeff also had a great day today. I’m excited to see how much she is improving. Jayssie Haynes, Sabrina Zavala, Maddie Cosgrove, Alisa Cooke, and Dylana Milobar also were impressive.”
Soric helped CSUB’s 200 medley relay team get the meet started with an exciting win. The quartet of Justice Kramer, Jake Chir, Soric, and Joe Cobarrubias out-touched UNLV’s “A” squad by a mere two one-hundredths of a second (1:34.43). Soric went on to win all three of his individual events: 100 back (51.56), 200 back (1:50.89), and 200 IM (1:53.92).
The Greenwald brothers swept the top two spots on both the 1-meter and 3-meter boards against UNLV, earning 26 vital points between the pair. Brayden took the win on both boards while Tyler posted strong scores. Brayden, a junior, won the 1-meter with 272.40 points with older brother Tyler close behind at 260.55. Tyler placed second in the 3-meter at 261.15 points while Brayden earned the win with a massive 307.20-point performance.
van Krimpen, a sophomore from Boston, Va., placed second in the 200 free (1:44.47) and won the 500 free by over three seconds (4:43.18). Seles placed fourth in all three of his individual events with strong times while Vasquez finished third in the 1000 free and 200 back.
Chir, a sophomore, won the 100 breast (58.19) and placed second in the 200 breast (2:10.53). Lee, a fellow sophomore, finished third in both of those events on Saturday.
On the women’s side, Hernandez placed second in the 200 free (1:53.50), but went on to win the 100 free (52.68) and 200 IM (2:07.59). Burks, the reigning WAC Diver of the Week, struggled in the opening event, the 1-meter board. The senior diver scored 255.83 points to finish third. The disappointment lit a fire under Burks, who scored 308.93 points to win the 3-meter by over 40 points.
Chernabaeff, a sophomore who walked on to the team a year ago after never diving before, continues to improve weekly. The native of Bakersfield finished fourth in the 1-meter (240.90) and second in the 3-meter (268.60). Haynes placed third in the 1000 free (10:39.82), just behind Zavala (10:37.56), who was second. Zavala also placed third in the 500 free (5:10.60) this weekend.
Cosgrove and Cooke, both freshmen, posted strong results in the pool. Cosgrove was runner-up in the 200 fly (2:09.31) and fourth in the 100 free (53.54). Cooke placed second in the 50 free (24.98), missing out on the win by .08 seconds. Milobar, a senior from Kamloops, B.C., was second in the 200 breast (2:27.35) and third in the 100 breast (1:06.19).
CSUB’s men were just edged by UNLV on Saturday, 155-143. The Rebels finished fourth at the WAC Championships a year ago, besting the ‘Runner men by 269 points, as CSUB is closing the gap. The 'Runner women fell to UNLV this weekend by a score of 181-119.
The Roadrunners will be back in action with one final home dual next weekend. Senior Day will see CSUB taking on Fresno Pacific, a strong NCAA Division II program, at the Hillman Aquatic Center. The ‘Runners will honor both their men’s and women’s seniors before the meet, which is scheduled for Jan. 21 at noon.