MALIBU, Calif. – Senior swimmer Paola Hernandez outclassed the rest of the field on Day 2 of the Malibu Invitational. Hernandez led the CSU Bakersfield men’s and women’s swimming teams, earning an astounding five victories on Saturday to bring her two-day meet total to six wins.
“Paola is swimming so fast that we don’t know what events to have her swim at Conference,” said Chris Hansen, CSUB’s Director of Swimming. “She has been dominant in all her races to date. I was pumped to see Paola end the meet with her fifth individual win. She also had our fastest 50 free time leading off the relay.”
Hernandez earned a win in the 200 back with a personal best time of 2:04.43, less than a second outside of CSUB’s Top 5 all-time list in the event. The native of Lompoc, Calif. went on to take first among 43 student-athletes in the 50 back (26.97) before winning the 100 free (52.17) as well. The graduate of Cabrillo High School took the 100 IM (58.84) and guided CSUB’s relay team to a victory in the 300 free.
Hansen was also pleased with his other ‘Runners ladies on Saturday: “I was excited to see Maddie Cosgrove place second in the 200 fly. She is really starting to take ownership in the fly. Jayssie Haynes won the 200 free in 1:54. This will help us in our dual meets. Jayssie loves to race and has become a huge asset.” Cosgrove finished the 200 fly with a time of 2:08.43, a mere eight one-hundredths of a second behind the winner.
“Summer D’Arcy also had her fastest dual meet time in the 200 breast,” Hansen added, wrapping up his comments about the ‘Runner women. D’Arcy finished second in the event with a time of 2:25.60.
On the men’s side, Hansen was most pleased with sophomore Justice Kramer and junior Lovre Soric: “Justice’s 1:52 in the 200 fly was super impressive. He really wants to win when he races. He swam a very smart race. Lovre added a win in the 200 back. His time is great for this time of year; however, I think he can be much faster if he works on his finishes and turns. Lovre’s 50 free was exactly where he needs to be at this time.”
Kramer also finished Top 3 in both the 50 back and 100 fly in Malibu. Soric won the 200 back with a time of 1:50.57, over three seconds clear from any other student-athlete in the pool. He went on to finish the 50 free fourth overall among 51 men with a time of 21.44. He also won the 100 IM in 52.53 on Saturday.
“Jake Chir had some big swims today,” added Hansen of the sophomore breaststroker. “This was the best I have seen him race since he became a ‘Runner. 2:07 in the 200 breast is his best dual meet swim and he did the same in the 100 breast. He comes to practice every day ready to get better. Joe Cobarrubias is on track for a big 200 free at the A3 meet. We have changed Joe’s training this year and it seems to be paying off.”
Chir wrapped up the 100 breast in third (57.52), was second in the 50 breast (26.20), and placed third in the 50 breast (2:07.45). Cobarrubias’ time of 1:43.56 was good enough for second overall in the 200 free.
“Both teams were impressive this weekend,” Hansen said. “Paola, Jayssie, Lovre, and Justice will be ranked well in the WAC. I knew we had to grow this year, but we are doing so faster than I thought we would. I am truly impressed. We dominated both days of this meet.”
The Roadrunner men will return to competition next weekend for a dual against No. 12 USC. The dual will take place Oct. 21 in Los Angeles while CSUB’s women will return to action the following weekend.