BAKERSFIELD, Calif. – This weekend, CSU Bakersfield’s men’s and women’s swimming teams will tackle their toughest meet of the season thus far as the Roadrunners are prepared to head to Monterey Park, Calif. for the A3 Performance Invitational, Nov. 17-19.
A highly-competitive meet making its fourth annual appearance, the A3 Invite will feature teams of the likes of UCLA, UC San Diego, San Diego State, Loyola Marymount, Fresno State, Hawai’i, and CSUB.
“For the women, ” said Chris Hansen, CSUB’s Director of swimming, “the most important part of this meet is to help us determine some important WAC information. Seniors Paola Hernandez and Dylana Milobar are the only two returning relay swimmers. We need to see what underclassmen want to step up and replace the Magnificent 5 who dominated the WAC relays last season.”
Hansen went on to describe his expectations for the women’s squad: “Dylana will be swimming through this meet as she is getting ready for U.S. Nationals in a couple of weeks. The rest of the ladies have a deep field and will need to swim fast in the morning to swim at finals.”
CSUB’s coach also spoke about his men’s team’s weekend ahead: “For the men, the field might not be as deep as the women’s meet, but the top half is fast. They too have relay spots to fill and all of the men have been fighting for spots all season. Junior captain Lovre Soric is also swimming through the meet, concentrating on Nationals. I’m really excited to see some fast swims from this team. They would like to redeem themselves from a bad Seattle U meet. I’m expecting something crazy!”
The ‘Runner men and women will compete in preliminary heats each morning with qualifying spots for the evening finals on the line. For information on live results, tickets, parking, schedule of events, and more from the A3 Performance Invitational, visit the meet central page.