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Archive for March, 2013

In the Times

March 31st, 2013

Nationally syndicated columnist Bill Plaschke of the Los Angeles Time spent some time on the Westmont campus on Tuesday. He was in Montecito to interview Westmont head coach Kirsten Moore, some team members and a few others.

His story appears in the Easter Sunday edition of the Los Angeles Times, along with photos from Los Angeles Times photographer Mel Melcon.

You can read Plaschke’s story at:,0,2860809,full.column

Records Re-Written at Westmont Classic

March 30th, 2013

Records fell in abundance at the Westmont Track on Saturday as the Warriors hosted the Westmont Collegiate Classic. Eight stadium records and two team records were rewritten amongst the 41 events contested.

Amanda Chevalier reclaimed a school record by finishing third in the women’s 200 meters with a time of 24.67. The event was won by Brianne Theisen, an Olympian from Canada, who set a stadium record with a time of 24.13. Theisen was the previous stadium record holder, having established a time of 24.21 at the Sam Adams Classic on April 3, 2012.

Lindsey Schwartz of the Women’s Athletic Performance Foundation, which trains at Westmont, finished second in a time of 24.38.

Chevalier’s time was 0.13 seconds faster than fellow teammate Elysia Hodges, who claimed the record from Chevalier last year. Chevalier’s mark earned her an automatic qualification in the event in the NAIA Outdoor National Championships.


Warriors Split with Lions

March 27th, 2013

In an unusual day at Russ Carr Field, Westmont Baseball (19-17, 10-15 GSAC) came away with one Golden State Athletic Conference win and one loss. The Warriors began the day by picking up where they left off on February 11 when their game at Vanguard (15-20, 8-14) was suspended for darkness after nine innings with a 9-9 score.

Batting first as the visiting team on their own diamond, the Warriors put up three runs in the top of the tenth inning. With one away David Gabel sent a towering ball over the left field fence for a solo home run. Tommy Hocutt tripled to right center and then scored on a single by Brandon Gildea. The Warriors added another run when Brent Fukushima singled up the middle to drive in Kevin Hammer.

Westmont pitcher Brian Murphy (3-4), who had been on the mound when the game was suspended in February, picked up the win after retiring the Lions in order in the bottom of the tenth inning.

In the regularly scheduled game, Vanguard claimed a 6-1 win. The Lions scored in each of the first four innings, posting one run in odd numbered innings, and two runs in even numbered innings.

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Santa Barbara Kids Meet Elite Athletes at Westmont Track

March 26th, 2013

The Westmont Track was a busy place on Tuesday afternoon. As Westmont Track and Field athletes continued training in preparation for the Westmont Collegiate Classic on Saturday, about 45 kids from the community came to Westmont to learn from top track and field athletes including Olympic decathlon gold medalist Ashton Eaton.

The event was organized by Josh Priester, director of the Women’s Athletic Performance Foundation and an assistant track and field coach at Westmont. The WAPF, which has made its home at Westmont, was established to provide training to elite level female heptathletes, helping them prepare for international competition.

“The mission of the WAPF is not only to support elite heptathletes, but also to promote physical activity in youth,” said Priester. “We are not necessarily trying to create track athletes, but to create kids that are excited about doing activities.”

Celebrate with the National Champion Warriors

March 25th, 2013

Westmont Women’s Basketball has announced plans to open its year-end banquet to the public. Traditionally an invitation-only event, the Warriors are excited to invite their fans and friends to join in the celebration of a successful year that concluded with an NAIA National Championship.

“On behalf of the entire Women’s Basketball program, we would like to extend a unique invitation to this year’s Women’s Basketball banquet,” read a statement issued by the coaching staff. “Be a part of this historic season and celebrate with us as we reflect, remember, and recognize all members of the 2013 NAIA National Championship team. We will also honor our four incredible seniors – Tugce Canitez, Larissa Hensley, Jill Wilber, and Gracie Boelsems.”

The celebration will begin at 2:00 p.m. in Westmont’s Murchison Gymnasium on Saturday, April 13. Tickets may be purchased online at through April 8 or by contacting Trisha Beaudin at 805-565-7164.

Warriors Quench Firestorm

March 24th, 2013

Fifth-ranked Westmont Men’s Tennis picked up its seventh Golden State Athletic Conference win on Saturday with a 9-0 sweep of Arizona Christian (5-12, 2-6 GSAC). The Warriors, who have already secured a second place finish in the conference standings, improved to 8-8 overall and 7-2 in GSAC play.

In doubles play, Tim Goranson and Lukas Zielen posted an 8-4 win over Andrew Barnett and Ian Glessing. The Warriors did not surrender a game at number two or three doubles. At number two, Rodrigo Schaefer and Joshua Barnard swept Tyler Cawthorne and Michael Munguia. On the third court, Travis Kimsey and Nicolas Szyndlar won 8-0 over Daniel Cornelius and Geoffrey Leu.

In singles action, Goranson defeated Barnett 7-5, 6-2 on the number one court. At number two Schaefer posted a 6-2, 6-4 win over Glessing. Barnard cruised to a 6-0, 6-1 win over Cawthorne at number three and Zielen defeated Munguia 6-3, 6-0 at number four.

Warriors Claim GSAC Championship

March 24th, 2013

With a 9-0 sweep of Arizona Christian (7-11, 2-6 GSAC) on Saturday, #6 Westmont Women’s Tennis has claimed sole possession of the 2013 Golden State Athletic Conference regular season championship. With one game to go in GSAC play, the Warriors (13-1, 9-0) have a two-game lead over #9 Concordia (8-7, 7-2).

The Warriors have also claimed the number one seed and a first round bye in the upcoming GSAC Tournament that will be conducted at the Indian Wells Tennis Gardens April 10-12. The Warriors will open play in the semifinals of the postseason tournament at noon on Thursday, April 11 against an opponent to be determined.

In Saturday’s match, the Warriors swept doubles play, allowing the Firestorm just four games in the three matches. Jessica Cedillo and Grace Davis posted an 8-0 win over Julia Anaya and Jessica Trink on the number one court. At number two, Alyson Meyer and Fernanda Rivera recorded an 8-2 win over Tiffany Levin and Lea Souvigne. On the third court, Emily Keach and Haley Strandness notched an 8-2 win over Taylor Als and Sarah Edwards.

Warriors Take Two from Biola

March 24th, 2013

Westmont Baseball (18-16, 9-14 GSAC) swept Saturday’s Golden State Athletic Conference doubleheader at Biola (11-13, 19-15) by taking the first game 16-3 and the second 5-1. The Warriors tallied 28 hits in the two games.

Torin Shaikh (4-3) was awarded the win in the first game after allowing just two runs, both unearned. Shaikh scattered nine hits over seven innings and struck out five without surrendering a walk.

The Warriors scored three runs in the first inning on an RBI single by Tommy Hocutt and a two-RBI double by William Barring. Brandon Gildea supplied an RBI single in the second and Brent Fukushima did the same in the third. After three innings of play, Westmont led 5-2.

In the seventh inning, Westmont sent 13 men to the plate and pushed eight runs across the plate. The Warriors had only five hits in the inning but benefited from three Eagle errors, two walks and a wild pitch. Greylin Derke picked up two RBIs in the inning with a bases-loaded single and Chris Stroh posted three RBIs on a bases-loaded double to right field.

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