HOUSTON, Texas – The Roadrunners continued the 2017 Western Athletic Conference Swimming and Diving Championships with another pair of records broken. In Thursday’s swimming and diving action, CSU Bakersfield’s men’s and women’s 200 IM records fell for Paola Hernandez and Lovre Soric, respectively.
“Today was a great day for the ‘Runners,” said Chris Hansen, CSUB’s Director of Swimming. “Paola broke her second record of the meet in the 200 IM. She has been attacking every race like a champion. Lovre’s 200 IM record is a big confidence boost for him going into the 400 IM.”
Hernandez, a senior, qualified for the A-final third overall in the 200 IM with a time of 2:02.25. The Lompoc, Calif. native’s time was just .06 off of her personal best and less than a second off of the NCAA B cut time. In the finals, Hernandez lowered her time to 2:02.08, breaking her own school record. The time was good enough for fourth overall and Second Team All-WAC honors.
“Jayssie and Sabrina both had great 500s and both scored us big points,” Hansen said. Freshman Jayssie Haynes posted the fifth-fastest time (4:59.00) in CSUB history while placing eighth in the 500 free prelims. In the finals, Haynes finished eighth to earn her first Second Team All-WAC honors while Zavala lowered her personal best to 4:59.72 to place 12th overall.
“Carlee did great again today,” Hansen said. “Hannah is having a great meet. She improves every time she gets on the board.” Senior Carlee Burks finished with the third-best qualifying score on the women’s 1-meter board (257.30). In the finals, Burks finished third overall for the bronze medal and her second First Team All-WAC honors of the meet. Hannah Chernabaeff qualified for the B-finals again and placed 16th overall with a best score of 222.80.
Freshman Morgan King led the way for the ‘Runners in the 50 free prelims. The native of Greeley, Colo. finished 11th overall to qualify for the B-finals with a time of 23.75. The time was a new PR for King and was just .24 seconds outside of CSUB’s Top 5 all-time list. Junior Audrey Willoughby dropped her personal best in the event by over a half a second to 24.12 to finish 21st. In the finals, King finished 13th while Willoughby placed 20th.
The Roadrunner women’s 200 free relay of King, Willoughby, Tatum Collatz, and Alisa Cooke placed seventh with a time of 1:35.41. “Our 200 free relay is a rookie relay for us,” Hansen said. “Maddie Cosgrove and Paola, our two fastest sprinters, were left off for other relays. That being said, these four ladies swam really well. The future of this relay looks really strong.”
Halfway through the WAC Championships, the Roadrunner women are currently sixth of eight teams with a team score of 155. CSUB is just 35 points behind fourth-place North Dakota.
Junior Lovre Soric finished third in the 200 IM prelims with a time of 1:47.71, an NCAA B cut. The native of Zagreb, Croatia went on to break the school record in the finals with a mark of 1:46.60. Soric’s time also earned him First Team All-Conference honors and a bronze medal on Thursday.
“Justice Kramer swam a best time in the 200 IM today,” Hansen said. “He is here to swim his best and you can see it in his energy and in his races.” Kramer finished 10th overall in the finals and had a best time of 1:49.43 in the prelims.
“Owen has been really impressive,” Hansen said. “His 500 was strong and I expect him to swim faster as the meet goes on.” Sophomore Owen van Krimpen qualified fifth overall in the 500 free with a prelims time of 4:26.65, less than two seconds off of the NCAA ‘B’ standard. In the finals, the native of Boston, Va. placed seventh overall to earn Second Team honors.
Freshman Richie Campbell lowered his personal best in the 50 free from 21.25 to 20.68 in the morning prelims. His time was good enough for 21st overall and was just under three tenths of a second outside of the CSUB Top 5 list. Junior Joe Cobarrubias also went sub-21 seconds for the first time in his collegiate career (20.97) to finish 25th. In the finals, Campbell finished 23rd overall with a time of 20.80
Junior Brayden Greenwald took the final qualifying spot on the men’s 3-meter springboard with a prelims score of 246.85. In the finals, Greenwald placed eighth and earned Second Team honors for the second time in the meet.
“The 200 free relay of Lovre, Joe, Richie, and Michael Hart didn’t do what we hoped for,” Hansen said. “Joe’s and Michael’s splits were both impressive, though.” The quartet posted a time of 1:22.11 to finish sixth of seven teams.
With two days remaining in the WAC Championships, CSUB’s men are in sixth of seven teams. The Roadrunners have 116 points and are more than 30 points clear of Seattle U, but trail fifth-place North Dakota by 66 points.
On Saturday, the Roadrunners will return to the pool in Houston, Texas for Day 3 of the 2017 WAC Championships. Full results from the first two days of competition can be found in the linked PDF above.