BAKERSFIELD, Calif. – CSU Bakersfield’s swimming and diving programs have recently finished the 2016-17 season, but the Roadrunners are already preparing for the upcoming year. Chris Hansen, CSUB’s Director of Swimming, has signed five women to National Letters of Intent to join the ‘Runners in 2017-18.
“I am extremely happy with our spring signees,” Hansen said of the incoming class of ladies. “We haven’t had a class like this one on the women’s side since Michaela Paige’s year [2012-13]. We are going to have our biggest women’s squad since I have been at CSUB. This is going to be a special year where we climb back up the WAC rankings.”
Hansen went on to break down the incoming freshmen and where they fit in the program: “Both Isabella Magalong and Maya Valdoria come in making CSUB’s all-time Top 5 list in the breast events. Those were events we were nervous about after losing Dylana Milobar to graduation this year. Taylor Budshaw and Sydney Garvy are going to help us big time, not only in relays, but in events where we were a little short last year. Taylor Cossu is a rookie to the sport, which makes us super happy to have her. She is someone that we hope will explode.”
One of five incoming freshmen, Magalong is also one of three California natives joining the ‘Runners next year. Hailing from Long Beach, Magalong swam breaststroke, butterfly, and individual medley with Lakewood Aquatics under coach Jon Moore.
Valdoria is a native of Cerritos, Calif. and was a teammate of Magalong’s at Lakewood Aquatics where she competed in breast and fly events as well. Cossu is the final Californian and will come to CSUB from Walnut Creek. The incoming freshman swam club with the Walnut Creek Aquabears under Mike Heaney and Todd Krohn. Cossu specialized in the sprint freestyle and fly events.
Budshaw, a native of Henderson, Nev., competed under coach Mike Polk as a member of the Boulder City Henderson Swim Team. She specializes in the butterfly events and will continue to do so as a ‘Runner. Rounding out the spring signee class is Garvy, who will travel west from Phoenix, Ariz. Garvy swam for Scott Goodrich and Kevin Zacher at Scottsdale Aquatic Club and will help CSUB in the backstroke and butterfly events.
The five student-athletes are joining a large signing class for 2017-18 that already includes early signees Sierra Buell, Bridget Allison, Lucy Peltz, and Alexandra Nilan. Check back this fall for more news on the Roadrunner women’s swimming and diving team as it gets prepared to hit the pool for another season.