BAKERSFIELD, Calif. – Paced by Paola Hernandez’s three individual victories and a near school record from Carlee Burks, the Roadrunner swimming and diving teams put together solid performances in Saturday afternoon’s meet at the Hillman Aquatic Center. The CSU Bakersfield women split results against UC San Diego and Loyola Marymount while the ‘Runner men fell to UCSD in a dual.
“Paola was great today and the ladies swam okay,” said Chris Hansen, CSUB’s Director of Swimming, about his women’s team’s performance. “We have to reevaluate our schedule next year because of our training camp being the second part of the semester, but Paola, Jayssie Haynes, and Carlee stood out to me today. I think we are doing well for where we are in our training camp.”
Hansen also commented on how the 'Runner men fared against UCSD: “The men had it a little rough today. I’m not upset, but, I’m not jumping up and down for joy. Justice Kramer stood up and performed. Nick Vargas had a great meet; it's cool to see a senior veteran being able to handle training camp and still swimming fast while tired.”
The UCSD women, ranked No. 6 in NCAA Division II, defeated CSUB in a close dual, 165-134. CSUB defeated LMU 228-63 while UCSD also won against the Lions, 234-57. The No. 5 ranked UCSD men swam to a victory against the ‘Runners by a score of 198-93 on Saturday.
The CSUB women’s 200 medley relay quarter of Hernandez, Dylana Milobar, Morgan King, and Maddie Cosgrove got the meet and the ‘Runners started with a victory (1:47.24), missing their season-best time by less than a quarter of a second. Hernandez, a senior from Lompoc, Calif., went on to earn individual wins in the 200 free (1:53.09), 100 free (52.31), and 200 IM (2:09.60). After another dominant performance, Hernandez has now won 12 out of 14 of her individual events during duals this season.
Fellow senior Carlee Burks dominated both diving boards en route to a pair of victories and a new personal best. Burks, a Bakersfield native, won the 3-meter board by 61 points with a score of 328.13 points, just three points off of her season best. Later in the meet, the graduate of Centennial High School missed breaking the CSUB record on the 1-meter board by a mere 0.35 points after posting a new PR of 303.33.
Burks’ teammates Hannah Chernabaeff (269.50) and Melissa Gore (260.18) helped the ‘Runners to a 1-2-3 sweep of the 1-meter. Chernabaeff’s score was a new personal best for the sophomore and was just two points outside of the CSUB Top 5 all-time. Gore, a senior from Taft, Calif., also posted a season-best result on Saturday.
Haynes, a freshman from San Jose, Calif., placed third in the 200 free (1:56.48), 500 free (5:10.31), and 200 IM (2:12.56) with strong times behind her teammate, Hernandez. The freshman’s 200 IM time this weekend improved her previous season-best by over a second and a half.
For the ‘Runner men, Kramer finished third in the 200 fly (1:53.98) and fourth in the 100 fly (52.30). The native of Federal Way, Wash. went on to place third in the 200 IM as well with a time of 1:57.99.
Vargas, a native of Ventura, Calif., swam in the most exciting event of the day, which turned out to be the longest event as well. The senior swam neck and neck with UCSD’s Jack Spitser in the 1000 free. The race came down to the final five yars and Spitser out-touched Vargas for the win. Vargas came in just 0.24 seconds behind with a new personal-best time of 9:48.57.
“We have to keep fighting through being tired,” Hansen said about his teams' busy schedules. “I think we did a great job of that this weekend. Now they have to believe they can do it and I think we will see faster times against UNLV next weekend.”
The Roadrunner men and women will begin preparation for their third straight weekend of dual meets at home. CSUB will play host to UNLV’s men’s and women’s squads Saturday, Jan. 14, with the dual meet scheduled to kick off at 10 a.m. in Bakersfield.
For full results from this Saturday’s meet, click on the linked PDF above.