Swim dive coaches impressed

California Baptist University’s swim team has picked up momentum in its season by finishing first in their most recent swim competition.

The dive team has also put up impressive individual points with the help of some skillful divers.

At the Pomona Relays on Nov. 1, CBU placed on the top of the podium with a combined team score of 248 points, narrowly beating Pomona-Pitzer, which finished second with 229 points. Performances by Joshua Hanson for the CBU men and Mary Hanson for the CBU women helped bring home a few individual first-place finishes as well.

The dive team also performed at the Pomona Relays, garnering a second-place finish by Zach Mullins, another second-place by Kendall Rummell and one third-place finish by Andrew Rotundo.

Rick Rowland, head coach for the swim teams, said both the men’s and women’s swim and dive teams are doing well this season and have already won four out of six pentathlons, a competition comprised of five events.

“In our second meet, it was an invitational between Whittier and Redlands, and we won the majority of the events,” Rowland said. “It was a dominant performance, and we’ve done well.”

Rowland said the men and women will be facing stiff competition in a few weeks when they swim against all NCAA Division I schools at the East Los Angeles College Arena Invite on Nov. 20. Rowland said it will be a challenge for the team, but they will only be taking the best 10 or 12 swimmers to compete.

As the swim team builds on its individual and team successes, the dive team is also working hard to measure up against tough competition.

Jeff Couto, head coach for the diving team, said some of the divers have already experienced high levels of success so far as two, Breanne Schlenger and Lauren Skinner, have qualified for nationals. Mullins is also expected to win the PacWest conference.

Lauren Skinner, sophomore psychology major, said nationals is a big event that requires a lot of preparation, and last year she was able to figure out exactly what she would need to do to compete against top divers in Division II.

“I am really happy that I made my national cut early in the season so I can stay focused on the actual meet and not trying to qualify for it the whole season,” Skinner said.

Couto said the team is doing well and is projected to finish big this season.

“There’s been great progress so far, we’re doing well,” he said. “I’m impressed.”

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