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December 24, 2013 > Pioneer women win ÔWinter InviteÕ

Pioneer women win ÔWinter InviteÕ

Submitted By Scott Chisholm

The Cal State East Bay (CSUEB) Pioneers outlasted a field of 10 other collegiate programs to earn the 2013 La Verne Winter Invitational title on Dec. 15 at the Brenda Villa Aquatic Center (Commerce, CA). The Pioneers racked up 2,134.5 points over the three day competition while setting multiple school records and achieved several NCAA provision qualifying times.

As a team, CSUEB won seven events and recorded 21 podium finishes during the competition. The Pioneers recorded two each within the meetÕs opening event, the 200-yard medley relay. Pioneers finished first and third to lead wire-to-wire. The winning teamÕs time of 1:45.35 was a school record by over two full seconds and a national provision qualifying time. In addition, Kamaehu Alboro set the school record with her 26.73 second 50-yard backstroke leg to lead off the relay. She would also go on to set the 100 backstroke school record in placing second with a time of 57.86.

The Pioneers won four of five relays and achieved national provisional qualifying times in all five. The 400-yard medley relay capped off the meet and was led off by senior Caitlin DeNise. She broke AlboroÕs record set earlier in the day with a national ÒBÓ cut time of 57.47.

DeNise had a big weekend and earned individual events wins in the 100 free (51.36) and 100 fly (56.27). She touched the wall simultaneously with teammate Brittany Rojo in the 100 fly as both shared the event win.

Another pair of Pioneers nearly shared an event win as Alyssa Tenney took the 200 individual medley (2:10.00) out touching teammate Madison Hauanio (2:10.02) at the wall. Tenney finished third in the 400 IM (4:34.80) dropping nearly seven seconds off her own school record mark.

Mariam Lowe finished with three podium individual finishes after taking third in the 500 free (5:10.59) and 100 back (58.40), along with a runner-up result in the 200 back (2:06.25). East Bay placed two team members on the podium in both distances of the breaststroke. Courtney Schwiesow took third in the 200 (2:26.54) and second in the 100 (1:06.94).

Concordia-Irvine took second (1,680) finishing over 450 points behind the champion Pioneers. Meet host La Verne took third (1,472) and Fresno Pacific fourth (1,320.5).

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