EAST MEADOW, N.Y. – CSU Bakersfield's two representatives at the U.S. Open Championships, Lovre Soric and Jake Chir, are swimming well and making the Roadrunner swimming and diving program proud. The ‘Runners still have one more day of competition to go, but have already made strong strides in the pool with the nation's top athletes.

“This has been an amazing experience for both Jake and Lovre,” said Chris Hansen, CSUB's Director of Swimming. “Jake swam the 200 breaststroke yesterday in a time trial and dropped six seconds to swim his best time of 2:24.0.”

“Lovre swam the 200 back, which isn't even a strong event for him in long course,” Hansen continued. “That being said, we were pumped. It was a best time for him and got his confidence up.” Soric, who will be a senior this fall, finished the 200 back in 2:08.86 on Thursday.

A native of Croatia, Soric also competed in the 100 fly on Friday and Hansen felt his performance was strong: “We decided not to swim the 400 IM today and swim the 100 fly in a time trial. Unlike yard swimming, where Lovre is strong in all events, in long course he is much stronger in the sprint events. His 100 fly was also a best time of 56.8.”

The 'Runners will continue the U.S. Open on Saturday with Chir preparing to take on the 100 breast. Soric will have the day off, but is scheduled for at least one more event on Sunday with the 200 IM and 50 free still to come. For live results from the U.S. Open, visit this link.