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December 10, 2013 > School records fall at U.S. Winter Nationals

School records fall at U.S. Winter Nationals

Submitted By Scott Chisholm

Brittany Rojo and Mariam Lowe broke school records during the 2013 AT&T Winter National Championships at the Allan Jones Aquatic Center in Knoxville, Tennessee on December 6, 2013. Rojo became the first swimmer in Pioneer history to finish the 100-yard butterfly in under 56 seconds. Lowe finished the 100-yard backstroke in 58 seconds flat for her second program record in as many days.

RojoÕs time of 55.90 in the 100 fly was good enough to place 41st overall among a field of 66 athletes including U.S. Olympic medalists and top collegiate stars. Her lifetime best effort on Friday is well under the NCAA Division II provisional qualifying standard of 57.84, which could earn a spot to the NCAA national championships at the end of the season.

LoweÕs mark of 58.00 in the 100 back was just shy of the NCAA Division II provision qualifying time of 57.75. She now owns the programÕs backstroke record for both the 100 and 200 distances.

East Bay falls in home debut versus Fresno State

Cal State East Bay swimming hosted NCAA Division I Fresno State on December 7, 2013 at Pioneer Pool in the programÕs 2013-14 home debut. Caitlin DeNise, Madison Hauanio, and Hannah Cutts won back-to-back-to-back individual events, but the Pioneers fell short 119-84 to the Bulldogs.

DeNise won the 100-yard freestyle (54.50) by a full second over the rest of the field for the teamÕs first individual event win of the meet. Hauanio took down the 200 back (2:10.86), followed by Cutts (5:18.99) and teammate Rachel Shimizu (5:24.13) finishing first and second in the 500 free.

Fresno StateÕs Hailee Baldwin led all competitors winning two individual events. She was first to touch the wall in the 400 individual medley (4:37.07) and the 200 breast (2:23.54). Baldwin also beat the field in the 500 free (5:12.93) as an exhibition swimmer.

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