Photo | Tam Duong Jr.
Women’s swimming sinks Azusa Pacific
January 22, 2015
The Cal State East Bay Women’s swimming team remained a perfect 2-0 at home and defeated Azusa Pacific 179-109 on Saturday at Pioneer Pool.
The Pioneers are now 6-5 overall with just one regular season meet remaining. CSUEB will take on San Jose State at home at 1 p.m. on Jan. 30 before the Pacific Collegiate Swim and Dive Conference Championships begin on Feb. 18 in La Morada, Calif.
“We were not outstanding, but were certainly solid enough to keep us moving in the right direction,” CSUEB Head Coach Ben Loorz said. “Our Sprinters came around a bit, which was good to see since they had been a little flat the week before.”
Sophomore standout Mariam Lowe had a great day for the Pioneers and placed first in the 100-yard backstroke with a time of 59.53 and the 200-yard backstroke in a time of 2:09.09.
Junior Courtney Schwieslow and senior Alyssa Tenney also placed first in two individual events for CSUEB.
Schwieslow finished first with a time of 1:07.54 in the 100-yard breaststroke and at time of 2:27.53 in the 200-yard breaststroke. Tenney placed first in the 100-yard freestyle and the 200-yard individual medley with times of 54.11 and 2:12.62 respectively.
“A lot of people die in the third fifty that is where it gets kind of rough,” Schwieslow said. “I hit it really hard and that is where I start upping my tempo.”
The Pioneers claimed the top three times in four events on the day that included the 100-yard breaststroke, 100-yard freestyle, 200-yard breaststroke, and 200-yard individual medley.
“When we are in competition with a close rival like Azusa, sweeping an event is a huge mental boost,” Loorz said. “When a team goes 1-2-3 in an event, it means that you earn 16 points while the other team only nets three. Both teams knows that one event like this can turn the tide of a meet.”
Azusa Pacific freshman standout Rosalee Mira Santa Ana had a stellar day in the loss for the Cougars as she placed first in the 1650-yard freestyle and the 500-yard freestyle.
“[Santa Ana] was great in the pool today,” Azusa Pacific Head Coach Tim Kyle said. “Winning two events on the road isn’t easy.”
San Jose State is a Division I program who competes in the Mountain West Conference and should give the Pioneers some great experience in the pool before the PCSC conference championships. It is also the final home and regular season meet for the lone senior on the team Tenney.