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January 28, 2014 > Pioneer women swimmers hang tough with Division I Nevada

Pioneer women swimmers hang tough with Division I Nevada

Submitted By Scott Chisholm

In the final home meet of the regular season, January 24th, Cal State East Bay nearly missed upsetting Division I Nevada, 134-115. Seniors Caitlin DeNise and Rachel Knowles were recognized in pre-meet ceremonies as each competed at Pioneer Pool for the final time.

DeNise was victorious in her final individual event outlasting the field in the 100 fly (58.27). She won the 50 free (23.94) and also led off the winning 200 free relay squad to close out the meet. She scored 22 individual points and was a part of 15 on relays. Knowles finished third in the 100 breast (1:09.73) and fourth in the 200 breast (2:30.72) scoring five individual points for the Pioneers.

Cal State East Bay led Nevada through seven events and at the first break in the action. The Pioneers held a modest 62-59 lead at that juncture highlighted by individual event wins from Rachel Shimizu in the 1,650 free (18:01.10) and Courtney Schwiesow in the 100 breast (1:07.04).

Nevada took the lead after the ensuing 100 free following Sita KusserowÕs event win. The Wolfpack reeled off four straight event wins building an insurmountable lead late in the meet.

Yawen Li had a flawless afternoon winning the 200 free (1:54.82), 200 back (2:06.67) and as a member of the winning 400-yard medley relay team to open FridayÕs action.

Cal State East Bay (5-5) will prepare for the Pacific Coast Swim Conference (PCSC) Championships starting on Wednesday, Feb. 12, in La Mirada.

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