Seattle vs San Diego vs Cal Baptist
- Thursday, October 21, 2021
- Riverside, Calif.
Courtesy: CBU Athletics
RIVERSIDE – The California Baptist University swim teams finally got their season underway on Thursday afternoon, hosting and defeating Seattle U and the University of San Diego women in the 2021-22 home opener. The women took down both challengers in their double-dual meet, topping the Redhawks 221-73 while downing the Toreros 220-80. The men took on the Seattle U men head-to-head, defeating the challengers from the Pacific Northwest by a score of 225-69.
One of the first marks to be rewritten came in the opening round of the women’s dive competition when Kiree Lowe posted a score of 310.73 on the 3-meter springboard. That not only broke the previous record, but did so by nearly 20 points, making it the first 300-plus point effort in program history.
Three other Lancers joined Lowe in the top-five of the event as Paula De Moya Alvarez took second (269.18), Madison Liu took fourth (223.65), and Lillian Choi rounded out the group in fifth (204.98). Freshman de Moya etched her name in the CBU history books in just her second meet ever as her number vaulted her into eighth place on the all-time 3-meter list.
Lowe and de Moya Alvarez kept that record pace going in the 1-meter competition as Lowe improved slightly on her personal best in the event with a winning score of 260.70, just topping her previous mark of 260.40 to edit her seventh place spot on the list. Paula de Moya Alvarez took third on the day with a score of 252.75, which also landed her on the all-time list in 10th place.
The men competed amongst themselves as neither SU nor USD field a men’s diving team, but the lineup of Evan Honer, Tyler Stevens, and Jacob Penman still produced highlight performances. Honer set the tone as top-scorer in both events, improving his personal best mark in the 1-meter with his score of 355.28, before carding a 357.83 in the 3-meter.
Senior Tyler Stevens set a new high point mark for himself in the 3-meter event where he had his best showing of the day, notching a 319.20. The result improved on his previous best of 315.45, remaining in seventh on the all-time list. Penman recorded a new personal best on the 3-meter board as well with his score of 272.78.
New Lancer Patricia Van Law did not disappoint in her CBU debut, taking top honors in all three of her events. Van Law was the only swimmer to post a sub-one-minute time in the 100 backstroke, touching in 58.88. She also won the 200 backstroke in 2:06.54 as well as the 400 IM in a time of 4:32.88.
Sophomore Faith Brazil swept her two events, claiming the top times in the 100 and the 200 breaststroke at 1:05.94 and 2:21.23 respectively. Rebeca Oviedo, the current CBU record holder in the 200 free, began the season with a win in her signature race, finding the wall in a time of 1:56.45.
The Lancer women would sweep the podium in the 100 free, with Mackenzie Degn, Hannah Houlton, and Mia Maspers finishing in order with times of 53.39, 54.58, and 54.94 respectively.
Christian Meyer won his 1,000 free race with a sub-ten minute time of 9:49.54.
On the men’s side, freshman Remi Fabiani took gold in two of his first collegiate races, claiming the 50 and 200 free titles in times of 20.44 and 1:43.90, respectively.
The Lancers return to the pool less than 48 hours after the opener as they are set to host UNLV and Pomona-Pitzer at the Lancer Aquatics Center at 1:30 p.m. on Saturday afternoon.