BAKERSFIELD, Calif. – The 2016-17 season has concluded but the Roadrunner men’s swimming and diving team is already looking forward to 2017-18 with the addition of more men to the squad. CSU Bakersfield’s Director of Swimming, Chris Hansen, has announced the signing of National Letters of Intent by four student-athletes who will become the next ‘Runners.
“Giant class are the first words that come into my mind,” said Hansen when asked about this spring’s signees. “This could be our fastest men’s class in a very long time. The WAC better not blink.”
Hansen went on to describe the strengths of the incoming freshmen: “Ryan Brimer comes in as one of our top sprinters who will help our relays and fill the 200 free void we had this year. Kristofer Rogic will continue the Croatian tradition we have here. Kris also comes in with times that are already in our CSUB Top 5 times list. His versatility is going to help us a lot in both dual meets and the WAC.”
“Ethan Trieu,” Hansen continued, “also makes an immediate impact in our backstroke events. This frees up Lovre Soric to swim other events if needed in dual meets. Loren Gillilan is a great catch for us. He makes our medley and sprint relays immediately faster.”
Rogic, like his future teammate Soric, is a native of Zagreb, Croatia and competed under coach Igor Berislavic. The incoming freshman already has impressive time conversions in the individual medley. Gillilan will not have to travel as far, but will come to Bakersfield from Fort Collins, Colo. He has strong times in the sprint free, back, and fly events after swimming for coach Michael Novell on the Fort Collins Area Swim Team.
The two Californians joining CSUB will be Trieu and Brimer. Trieu is a native of Fontana, Calif. and has competed for BREA Aquatics under Jim Johnson. He is another versatile student-athlete, competing in the freestyle, backstroke, and IM. Brimer hails from nearby Santa Clarita, Calif. and has been coached by Coley Stickels at Canyons Aquatic Club. He will swim a range of freestyle events for the ‘Runners next year.
The four student-athletes are joining a large signing class for 2017-18 that already includes early signees Alex Dragon, Julio Alcantar, Shane Triplett, and Andrew Huerta. Check back this fall for more news on the Roadrunner men’s swimming and diving team as it gets prepared to hit the pool for another season.