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March 12, 2008 > Cal State University East Bay swimming

Cal State University East Bay swimming

By Idorenyin Uto-Uko

The Pioneers of Cal State University East Bay (CSUEB) plashed their way into the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) Swimming Championships in San Antonio, Texas Feb. 27 - March 1. Behind two-sport All-American Jeanette DeManeces the Pioneers showed great team chemistry and were very impressive in their final meet of the season.

The ladies have assured themselves of a successful season next year. Returning are NAIA qualifiers Allison Edminster, who is expected to lead the team in distance events, and Melissa Grottkau, expected to lead in the breaststroke events.

Other returning swimmers who will be expected to contribute are sophomores Colby Haarz and Duoshellg Esparza. "Colby and Duoshellg have been very impressive with their training during the early portion of the season," said CSUEB Swim Coach Anthony Garcia. The two ladies contributed well for the Pioneers during the season and at the National Championships as well.

Another key to the Pioneers success this season was the play of Chabot College transfer Lisa Donahue. "Lisa has a great ethic and comes from a solid background," said Garcia. "The swimmers from Chabot know all about hard work and the transition to CSUEB is generally easy for them."

One of the key highlights for the team came when the DeMances sisters Jeanette and Laura each won their respective events in a 103-96 loss to Colorado School of Mines in January. At the competition, Laura snagged the1650-yard free in 20:54.33 while Jeanette won the 100-yard breast in a time of 1:46.65. Also, at the meet Melissa Grottkau took the 200-yard free in 2:11.91 and Edminister was second with a time of 2:12.01. Hernandez, Grottkau, Edminster, and Mattie Pinon have also been very successful in relay events.

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