EAST MEADOW, N.Y. – CSU Bakersfield's Jake Chir impressed in the pool at the U.S. Open Championships on Saturday morning as the junior posted a strong result against the nation's top swimmers.

"Jake swam his best time by two seconds in the 100 breast, going 1:04.8 to place 42nd out of 80,” said Chris Hansen, Director of Swimming at CSUB. “I'm so proud of Jake. He deserved that swim. He has been training really hard.”

Chir's mark not only helped the native of Henderson, Nev. lower his personal best, but also to rank well with the country's elite athletes. “To place that high in his first national meet is really impressive,” Hansen continued. “It won't be his last nationals as he has qualified once again for U.S. Nationals and next summer's U.S. Open.” 

Chir and teammate Lovre Soric will wrap up the 2017 U.S. Open on Sunday with a few more events. Soric, a senior from Croatia, is set to tackle the 200 IM and 50 free while Chir with finish the meet with the 50 breast. For live results from the U.S. Open, visit this link.