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Swimming - Sat, Jan. 26, 2013
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California Baptist University hosted Concordia University and Fresno Pacific University Saturday, January 12 in the "Double Dual Meet."  


California Baptist University hosted Concordia University and Fresno Pacific University Saturday, January 12 in the "Double Dual Meet."  

A large contributor to the Eagles second place standing was due to the competitive heart of senior Valerie Thorp.  She earned first place in the 200 yard backstroke setting the time to beat at 2:15.99, five seconds faster than her next competitor.   Thorp also placed second overall in the 200 yard butterfly finishing at 2:15.82 and 400 yard individual medley with a final time of 4:47.71, one second shy of the leader.  Thorp also contributed in starting off the women's meet in the 400 yard medley relay with her teammates sophomores Kylie Fortier, Rachel Gray, and freshman Riley Smith.  Together they earned the third place slot with a finishing time of 4:12.95. Not far behind in fourth place was the "B" team at 4:24.13, swam by junior Carly Colin, sophomore Ale Gomez, freshmen Samantha Leanza and Sarah Eggers-Jamieson

The women Eagles are looking to have a strong four years with the talent of the freshman class with Riley Smith and Samantha Leanza.  Together, these ladies placed in four individual races and three team races.  Leanza took away the second place slot in the 1650 yard freestyle with an impressive time of 18:22.42.  Her final race of the meet was the 500 yard freestyle stopping the clock at 5:28.80, two seconds shy of third place.  Smith made her first appearance in the 200 yard freestyle touching the wall for second place with a time of 1:59.25.  She also competed in the 100 yard freestyle coming in third place at a time of 55.88; only .42 seconds under her competitor from Fresno Pacific.  The final race of the women's meet was the 200 yard free relay. Smith, along with senior Kayle Morris, sophomore Tara Bletcher, and freshman Sarah Eggers-Jamieson, took away third place at a final time of 1:44.49. The young women of the class of 2016 are proving to have a positive influence on the Eagle program.

Other highlights for the women's meet are the 100 yard backstroke swam by Morris with a third place finish at 1:05.50 and the 100 yard butterfly also with a third place finish by junior Brigitte Alexander, followed in fourth place by her teammate, sophomore Rachel Gray.  Gray also had a strong performance in the quick 50 yard freestyle race taking away fourth a fraction of a second under the competitor from Fresno.

The men's team also had strong highlights throughout the meet against Fresno and California Baptist.  In the 100 yard breaststroke, senior Josh Kloppenburg had a final finish at 59.94 for second place.  Another big race for Kloppenburg was in the 200 yard free relay with his teammates juniors Lucas Spencer, Kevin Donnelly, and sophomore Parker Simmons.  Together they stopped the clock at 1:27.05 for third place.  Spencer made his appearance in the 200 yard freestyle at a time of 1:45.94, just .19 seconds under the second place competitor from California Baptist.  Junior, Laszlo Perlaky, competed hard in the 1650 yard freestyle for third place with a time of 17:01.49, followed closely by his teammate senior Matt Nellor at 17:18.04. 

Senior, Jose Bahena, had a great performance on meter platforms.  After six dives off the 3meter, he earned a totaled of 229.10 points placing his second under the competitor from Fresno.   Off the 1 meter, Bahena, improved his performance total at 237.44 for second place again, but only 2 points underneath the leader from Cal Baptist.

Overall, the Eagles had an outstanding day in the pool and off the platform to place second overall in the meet. 


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