Swim and dive receive high honors

In recent weeks, California Baptist University’s swimming and diving teams have made many noteworthy accomplishments particularly at the Pomona-Pitzer relays Oct. 31.

Starting with the men’s division, three divers earned their spots in the NCAA Division II championship, while one swimmer received a consideration time in an event. All together, CBU won eight of the 10 events of the day, winning the meet by 38 points.

Jeff Couto, head coach of the men and women’s dive team, commented on his athletes’ record-setting talents in a press release.

“On the men’s side, we swept the top-four spots on both 1- and 3-meter,” Cuto said. “This is the first time in CBU history that all four male divers have ever qualified for nationals, let alone on the same day.”

On the women’s side, the swimmers are on track for an NCAA Division II Championship consideration time. In the 200-medley relay, Andrea Laliena, freshmen psychology major and swimmer; Alena Rumiantceva, junior international studies major and swimmer; Kristina Tchernyschev junior international studies major and swimmer; and Yosita Hapsari, senior kinesiology major and swimmer, teamed up to earn a time of 1:47.93.

Laliena spoke highly of her team’s talents and is excited for upcoming meets.

“I’m really looking forward to our meet in Colorado in a couple weeks because I believe we are all going to get really good swims,” Lalina said. “The Pomona-Pitzer
relays were a really good opportunity to show what all of us were doing.”

Lalina said she believes her team can make the b-cut and is looking to improve.

“It is all about putting hours in the pool, improving our stroke and just taking care of ourselves,” Lalina said. “It is just a lot of hard work.”

As for diving, Breeanne Schlenger, junior psychology and sociology major and diver, shined at the meet, winning both the 1- and 3- meter diving boards. The women’s swim team remained undefeated at the Pomona-Pitzer Relays,  earning  nine wins out of the 12 competitions.

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