BAKERSFIELD, Calif. – Double wins by both Carlee Burks and Sabrina Zavala were not enough on Saturday as CSU Bakersfield’s women’s swimming and diving team fell to San José State in a dual at the Hillman Aquatic Center. In their closest dual meet with the Spartans to date, the Roadrunners fell by a score of 132-111.
“Carlee and Sabrina were both double winners, which really kept us close,” said Chris Hansen, CSUB’s Director of Swimming. “We had a lot of really good swims today.”
Hansen went on to describe the high hopes he has for his young squad’s future: “I was just telling some of the girls that I found our release from when we signed Michaela Paige, Kelsey Lange, Nicolette Goncalves, and Chrisy Vo, who were our amazing leaders last year. When we signed them, they weren’t that great; they were good, but they left great. This freshman and sophomore class is swimming faster than they were during those girls' freshman years. It’s good to see some of these younger kids going in the direction they were.”
Burks, a senior diver from Bakersfield, had a standout performance on the way to another double victory. The Centennial High School graduate opened the meet with a solid score of 282.30 to win the 1-meter board by five points. Later in the dual, Burks just missed out on her school record score on the 3-meter when she scored 331.58 points. The score was good enough for a 40-point win on Saturday and ranks Burks among the Western Athletic Conference’s best this season.
Zavala, a native of South Pasadena, Calif., got the ‘Runners started off well with a solid victory in the 1000 free. The sophomore posted a time of 10:36.26 in the win, improving her season-best time by five seconds. Zavala went on to earn first in the 500 free as well with a time of 5:13.71. CSUB’s Darya Samiee swam strong out of Lane 3 to claim second in the event with a season-best time (5:15.35).
Seniors Paola Hernandez and Dylana Milobar were Bakersfield’s other individual event winners on Saturday. Hernandez won the 200 IM by almost three seconds (2:09.25) while Milobar claimed a victory in the 100 breast (1:05.53).
The Roadrunners are preparing for a busy month as Saturday’s meet was the first of four straight Saturdays with a home meet. “Our training camp has just started,” Hansen said. “We are usually done with it by now, so, we’re in the middle of hard training and now we have all these dual meets coming up as well. We’re just going to have to learn to swim tired.”