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A Different Perspective

Submitted by: Kaci Mexico - June 23rd, 2016
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By Kaci Mexico
June 23, 2016

Right after the end of their highly successful season, the Westmont Women’s soccer team spent most of the spring not only gearing up for the 2016 season, but in preparation for their triennial team missions trip to Uganda, Africa.

This is the fourth mission’s trip that the Westmont Women’s Soccer Program has taken and each trip has been through a sports ministry organization called the Sports Outreach Institute.

The Warriors departed the United States on May 9th, and left Uganda to return home on May 22nd.

Upon arriving back in Santa Barbara, head coach Chantel Cappuccilli reflected on the team’s experiences in Uganda.

“What we were told before the trip was to expect God to move, but I don’t think any of us were really anticipating the amount that would occur while we were there,” explained Cappuccilli. “I think that seeing Christianity on a global scale is crucial within the development of faith because it just gives one a different perspective and I think a new perspective is what we came away with.

Rea, Trimm Added to Volleyball Roster

Submitted by: Ron Smith - June 21st, 2016
Cassidy Rea (left) and Payton Trimm

Westmont Volleyball head coach Patti Cook has announced the signing of two recruits who will join the team for the 2016 season. Cassidy Rea, who hails from Ventura, played for the Bulldogs of Buena High School. Payton Trimm of Visalia played for Mt. Whitney High School.

“I am very excited to have these two outstanding individuals join our team,” said Cook. “They are both committed to excellence on the court and in the classroom and they understand what it looks like to represent a Christian college. The fact that they are both left-handed is very unique and it will be fun working with their style of play.”

A first team All-Channel League selection, Rea was a three-year varsity right-side hitter who served as team captain for two years. Rea, who was named to the All-Ventura County team, also played for the Ventura Volleyball Club for six years.

“It is always nice to have local players join our team,” said Cook. “Cassidy provides excellent height and presence at the net and will be a force to be reckoned with as she continues to develop her game. She is incredibly gifted in the classroom as well and has received the elite Augustinian scholarship.”

Three Warriors Drafted in MLB

Submitted by: Ron Smith - June 13th, 2016
Top (left to right): Michael Rishwain, Sam Sheehan. Bottom: Jarrett Costa.

Three Warriors were selected in the 2016 Major League Baseball First Year Player Draft. Michael Rishwain was selected in the 23rd round by the Washington Nationals and the Oakland A’s selected Sam Sheehan in the 31st round and Jarrett Costa in the 33rd round.

Over the past three years, seven Warriors have been selected in the drafted. Catcher Brandon Gildea was selected by the Los Angeles Angels in the 2014 draft. Last season, Russell Harmening was taken by the Nationals while Andrew Vasquez and Hector Lujan were claimed by the Minnesota Twins. Additionally, Will Barring signed with the New York Mets a year ago.

“I am very proud of Michael, Sam and Jarrett,” said Westmont head coach Robert Ruiz. “They each have worked incredibly hard to earn this opportunity. I am confident that they are prepared to compete at the next level and am glad that they can represent our college and our program in their organizations.”

Azain Inducted into Court of Champions

Submitted by: Ron Smith - June 10th, 2016
Jeff Azain (left) as he is inducted into the Santa Barbara Court of Champions. John Moore (right) was the master of ceremonies.

Westmont Men’s Basketball assistant coach Jeff Azain has been inducted into the Santa Barbara Court of Champions. Azain’s connections to the Santa Barbara basketball community include playing high school basketball at San Marcos High School, playing at Westmont and coaching at Westmont for the past 25 years.

“I’ve been fortunate to stay in Santa Barbara and be part of athletics and basketball for so long,” said Azain. “I feel blessed to have been able to play high school basketball here and then move on to college. There is probably not a long list of people who have been able to do that. I consider myself lucky to have had that experience for so long.”

Azain was joined in the 2016 induction class by Westmont alumnus Dave Bregante who is the head coach at Santa Barbara High School. The Dons won the 2016 CIF-Southern Section Division 2A title by defeating Lynwood 75-65 in the championship game.

Azain and Bregante join a number of Santa Barbara Court of Champion inductees with Westmont connections including former head coach Chet Kammerer and assistant coach Randy Pfund; current head coaches John Moore and Kirsten Moore; former player Tugce Canitez and writer/director Ron Shelton.

“It was a very nice honor to be included with the greats of Santa Barbara,” said Azain, “from NBA players to coaches to community players.”

Stratman and Costamagna honored as All-Americans

Submitted by: Kaci Mexico - May 30th, 2016
Stratman (left) and Costamagna (Photo by Brad Elliott)

By Kaci Mexico
May 30, 2016

Senior Lauren Stratman and junior Ines Costamagna of the Westmont Women’s Tennis team (10-8, 8-1) were each named as All-Americans (first team) at the conclusion of the 2016 season.

Stratman and Costamagna led the Warriors to both a GSAC regular season championship as well as a GSAC Tournament Championship. Each of their solid performances all season contributed to the Warriors making it to the second round of the NAIA Women’s Tennis National Tournament.

Overall, Costamagna went 8-5 playing mostly at number two singles and went 11-5 playing mostly at number two doubles with Haley Stratman.

Overall, Stratman went 13-3 playing at number one singles and went 15-2 at number one doubles with partner Isabel Lee. In conference Stratman proved to be unstoppable with a 9-0 singles record.

Lindqvist Named as All-American

Submitted by: Kaci Mexico - May 30th, 2016
Carl Lindqvist ( Photo by Kaci Mexico)

By Kaci Mexico
May 28, 2016

Senior Carl Lindqvist of the Westmont Men’s Tennis team (10-9, 7-2) was named as an All-American (first team) at the conclusion of the 2016 season.

Lindqvist led the Warriors to a GSAC regular season championship and to the championship game of the GSAC Tournament in which the Warriors were the runner up. His performances all season contributed to the Warriors making it to the second round of the NAIA Men’s Tennis National Tournament.

Overall, Lindqvist went 11-4 playing at number one singles and went 8-8 playing at number one doubles with partner Travis Kimsey.

Lindqvist has already received two awards this season – he was named to the All-GSAC first team and chosen by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association as an NAIA Regional Award winner for Senior Player to Watch.

Collier Earns All-American Honors, Darnbrough Completes Marathon

Submitted by: Kaci Mexico - May 28th, 2016
Kayla Darnbrough (Photo by Kaci Mexico)

By Kaci Mexico
May 28, 2016

On the final day of the of the 2016 NAIA Outdoor Track and Field National Championships Kayla Darnbrough finished 13th in the marathon and Becky Collier earned her second All-American honors of the meet when she placed third in high jump.

After two long days competing in the heptathlon, Collier found success in the high jump and placed third with a jump of 1.74m. Collier, who recently finished her junior year, now has earned a total of ten All-American honors in her three-year career on the Westmont Track and Field team.

At 6:00 a.m. this morning, junior Kayla Darnbrough embarked upon her first ever marathon. After 26.2 miles of running, Darnbrough finished 13th in a time of 3:34:50.

“My main goal was to just finish,” said Darnbrough. “I have never done a marathon before so I just wanted to go out there and have fun. I was obviously nervous but a lot of the nerves were also excitement because this was my first time being at nationals and first time running the marathon so I didn’t know what to expect.

Collier Earns National Championship; Holding, Collier, and Asselin Earn All-American Honors

Submitted by: Kaci Mexico - May 27th, 2016
Becky Collier: National Champion in the heptathlon (Photo by Kaci Mexico)

By Kaci Mexico
May 27, 2016

On day two of the 2016 NAIA Outdoor Track and Field National Championships, Becky Collier became the fourteenth all-time Westmont Track and Field athlete to win an individual championship when she placed first in the heptathlon; senior Kristan Holding finished her track career on a high note with a sixth place finish in the heptathlon; and senior James Asselin clinched an eighth place finish in the decathlon to end his final season with a bang. Collier, Holding, and Asselin each earned All-American honors for their performances.

Today, Becky Collier not only became a three-time All-American in the outdoor heptathlon, she became a national champion when she finished in first place with 4,908 points.

Yesterday after the first four events of the heptathlon, Collier was in first place with 3,006 points. Today, after competing in long jump, javelin, and the 800 meter race, she maintained her first place standing. In long jump, Collier finished fifth with a mark of 5.15m (16-10.75); in javelin, she finished seventh with a mark of 32.79m (107-7.25); and in the 800 meter race, she finished sixth with a time of 2:23.91.

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