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February 18, 2014 > Pioneers finish second in conference

Pioneers finish second in conference

Submitted By Scott Chisholm

Senior swimmer Caitlin DeNise led from start to finish on February 13th to capture the 200-yard individual medley title on day two of the Pacific Collegiate Swim Conference (PCSC) Championships. Her time of 2:03.51 was nearly two seconds clear of the field as she reset her East Bay record.

DeNise was the only swimmer to split the opening 50 yards of butterfly in under 26 seconds, and she held a slim lead through the backstroke at the halfway mark. She led by over a full second into the final 50 yards of freestyle and finish with the second fastest split among the field.

The 200 IM was a big scoring event for the Pioneers as Alyssa Tenney (2:06.12) took fourth and Madison Hauanio (2:06.41) finished sixth. Both swam personal lifetime bests and dropped over two seconds from their morning prelim times.

Courtney Schwiesow, Rachel Knowles, and Makila Schuck qualified for consolation finals. The six swimmers totaled 118 points, aiding the Pioneers in their move up the standings from fifth place to the runner-up position.

Brittany Rojo took sixth in the 50-yard freestyle (24.01) finishing in the middle of the pack among a group of five swimmers that touched the wall within .13 seconds of each other. RojoÕs time of 23.93 in the morning prelims is an NCAA ÒBÓ cut qualifying mark.

Hannah Cutts and Mariam Lowe finished first and second respectively in the consolation final of the 500-yard freestyle. CuttsÕ time of 5:04.03 was a personal best, within a second of the East Bay school record, and a NCAA ÒBÓ cut qualifying mark.

The Cal State East Bay 200 free relay team of DeNise, Tenny, Rojo, and Hauanio was in a battle to the finish with the UC San Diego squad. For the third straight relay the Pioneers finished second as the Tritons (1:33.77) narrowly out touched the Pioneers (1:33.96).

Two East Bay records were set in the race as DeNiseÕs leadoff leg of 23.60, and the relayÕs time of 1:33.96 are the best in program history. Both are well under the NCAA ÒBÓ cut qualifying standards.

Cal State East Bay senior Caitlin DeNise earned her second Pacific Collegiate Swim Conference (PCSC) Championship individual title on Saturday, February 15, 2014 winning the 100-yard freestyle in a time of 50.94 seconds. The Pioneers finished second in the team standings behind UC San Diego.

East Bay top finishes:

1,650 Free
Rachel Shimizu (4th Ð 17:41.62)
200 Back
Mariam Lowe (4th Ð 2:04.14)
Madison Hauanio (8th Ð 2:08.15)
100 Free
Caitlin DeNise (1st Ð 50.94)
200 Breast
Courtney Schwiesow (7th Ð 2:22.53)
Rachel Knowles (8th Ð 2:24.31)
200 Fly
Brittany Rojo (5th Ð 2:07.93)
400 Free Relay
Madison Hauanio, Alyssa Tenney, Brittany Rojo, Caitlin DeNise (2nd Ð 3:26.79)

Cal State East Bay swimmers will compete at the NCAA Division II National Championships starting on March 12 in Geneva, Ohio.

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