Competition over break keeps teams on their toes

Although most students have the opportunity to return home for Christmas break, in-season student athletes at California Baptist University had to stay local over the three-week break in order to train and compete.

Men’s and women’s basketball, wrestling and swim and dive were among the teams had to wait before they could return home for a few days. These teams stayed on campus for training while also traveling to tournaments and games in keeping with their schedules.

The basketball teams both hosted games at CBU and traveled to other universities.

Men’s basketball went 5-0 over the break, beating University of California at San Diego and Dixie State University at home, while traveling north to beat Academy of Art, Dominican University of California and Notre Dame de Namur University.

Women’s basketball went 4-1 over break as they hosted and beat both Dixie State and Western Oregon University before traveling north to play against the same teams as the men. They were able to beat Dominican and Notre Dame de Namur, but lost to Academy of Art by eight points.

After being in the Bay Area for a few days, the basketball teams were able to go home before coming back to play and win against Holy Names University on Jan. 5.

CBU’s swim and dive teams competed in a meet hosted by California State University at Bakersfield on Dec. 13.

The men’s swim and dive teams lost with a 20-point deficit; however, Josh Hanson and Nikolay Klepikov were able to lead the men’s swim team with two individual events won. Kendel Rummell came in first on the one-meter board for the men’s dive team.

The women had more luck as they won with a score of 130-75 points. Mary Hanson had three-first place finishes, two in solo races and one as part of a relay, leading all Lancers. She won the 500- yard medley relay, as well as the 50-meter freestyle and the 100-meter freestyle. Breanne Schlenger took first on the one-meter board for the women’s dive team.

The wrestling team had some time off before having to travel on Jan. 3 for the Menlo Open in Atherton, California. The team faced tough individual opponents in their weight classes and finished fifth out of nine teams.

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