Calendar & Results

Archive for May, 2015

Seven Warriors Honored by SBART

May 27th, 2015
John Moore was named the Santa Barbara Athletic Round Table College Coach of the Year.

It was a night of celebration at “An Evening with the Athletes” awards show presented by The Santa Barbara Athletic Round Table (SBART). Six Westmont athletes were awarded the Athlete of the Year Award for their respective sports and John Moore was honored as the Santa Barbara Athletic Round Table College Coach of the Year. The event was held at Santa Barbara’s historic Lobero Theater.

The recipients of the college division awards are selected by the media from the student-athletes and coaches of the local institutions of higher education – UC Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara Community College and Westmont.

Westmont’s Tiffany Dimaculangan of Glendora was named the SBART College Women’s Soccer Player of the Year. A two-time NAIA All-American, the senior midfielder recorded six goals and four assists during the fall 2014 campaign. Dimaculangan led her team to both the Golden State Athletic Conference (GSAC) Regular Season and Tournament Championships this season and was named to the All-GSAC team. The Warriors advanced to the NAIA National Championship in all four of her years on the team, finishing as national runner-up in 2013.

NAIA All-American Kelly Collins of Pleasant Hill was named the SBART College Women’s Cross Country Runner of the Year. The sophomore finished 21st in the NAIA National Championship race in Lawrence, Kansas, leading her team to an eighth place finish. Collins also earned All-GSAC honors as the runner-up at the conference championship meet. Collins was competing in the NAIA Outdoor Track and Field Championships in Gulf Shores, Alabama and was unable to attend the ceremonies.

Warriors Claim Four More All-American Titles

May 23rd, 2015
Jessica Erickson hands baton to Taryn Phipps in 4 x 800 meter relay.

On the final day of competition at the NAIA Outdoor Track and Field National Championships, Westmont athletes claimed four more All-American honors. Elysia Mitchell finished second in the 400 meter dash as did the women’s 4 x 400 meter relay team of Karlie Storkson, Jessica Erickson, Taryn Phipps and Mitchell.

Becky Collier claimed her second All-American title of the championship by tying for fifth place in the high jump. Tyler Moore earned All-American honors with a seventh place finish in the men’s 400 meter dash.

Mitchell ran a time of 54.68 seconds in the 400 meter dash to claim national runner-up status. She finished just 0.003 seconds ahead of third place runner Orenthia Bennett of Southern University New Orleans. Biannca Farrington of Wayland Baptist won the race in a time of 53.81.

“I knew I had to get out hard,” said Mitchell of the race. “I’ve been tending to go too easy on the first 200. I think it went pretty well. The wind really hit going into the curve and the curve felt horrible. I felt like I didn’t move at all.

[men’s results] [women’s results] [photos]

All-Americans Honors for Asselin and Collier

May 22nd, 2015
James Asselin

James Asselin and Becky Collier earned All-American honors on the second day of the NAIA Outdoor Track and Field Championships at Mickey Blackwell Stadium in Gulf Shores, Alabama. Asselin, a junior, came from 13th place after eight events to capture fourth place in decathlon. Collier, a sophomore, finished sixth to pick up her fifth All-American title and the second in the heptathlon.

On his way to fourth place, Asselin produced season best marks in five of the ten events – the long jump (6.06m), the shot put (11.47m), the high jump (1.88m), the 400 meter dash (53.47) and the pole vault (3.60m). Despite those efforts, Asselin found himself five places out of All-American honors with just two events to go.

“I knew I was in 13th,” said Asselin. “The pole vault is not a good event for me, but I had a big PR of about 15 centimeters. When I saw that I was 13th going into the javelin, it was a little bit disappointing, but I knew it was still possible.”

In the ninth event, Asseline placed third among the 15 competitors, throwing the javelin for 51.74 meters. As a result, he moved into eighth place in the standings, the final place for earning All-American honors.

[men’s results] [women’s results] [photos part one] [photos part two]

Honors for Lindqvist  

May 22nd, 2015

By Christy Cain

(SANTA BARBARA, Calif.) Upon the conclusion of his first year in a Warrior uniform, junior Carl-Philip Lindqvist was named to the NAIA Men’s Tennis Second Team All American roster of sixteen. Despite the first round knockout of the NAIA National Tournament last week in Mobile, Alabama, Lindqvist has proved to be one of the top competitors in the nation.

Due to many season long injuries, the Warriors found it necessary to change up their team rankings multiples times throughout the season. That being said, Lindqvist has split time between number one and number two singles. At the end of a season packed full of great competition, Carl holds an overall singles record of 10-12 (3-8 number one singles, 7-4 number two singles).

Women’s Tennis Earns Post Season Honors  

May 22nd, 2015

By Christy Cain

(SANTA BARBARA, Calif.) Upon the conclusion of the 2015 NAIA Women’s Tennis National Championship, Lauren Stratman and Ines Costamagna received All American Team honors. These two Warriors women were key players in the team’s 14-10 season record and final ranking of 13th in the NAIA as decided by the Post-Season Coaches Poll.

Lauren Stratman topped the list with a coveted spot on the NAIA First Team All American roster of sixteen. This is Lauren’s second year in a row that she has earned the First Team honor. Stratman finished this season with a personal singles record of 18-2, her only losses coming from a forfeit and a loss to another nationally ranked opponent. The junior not only led that Golden State Athletic Conference in overall winning percentage, but ranked amongst the best players in the NAIA as well. She closed out her 2015 season last week in the second round of the NAIA National Tournament.

Collier Soars in Heptathlon High Jump

May 21st, 2015

Multi-event athletes highlighted the show for Westmont on the opening day of the NAIA Outdoor Track and Field National Championships. Sophomore Becky Collier and junior Kristan Holding finished the first day of the women’s heptathlon in fourth and eighth place respectively. Junior James Asselin and senior Ben McCollum will enter day two of the men’s decathlon in 12th and 15th place.

Collier has tallied 2,930 points after four events in the heptathlon. She took first place in the high jump by tying her own school record of 1.78 meters (5-10). Collier jumped 0.12 meters (4.75 inches) higher than her nearest competitor.

Holding also had her best showing of the day in the high jump, taking fifth place with a jump of 1.60 meters (5-3). Her total of 2,749 points was bolstered by a seventh place finish in the 100 meter hurdles in a time of 15.55.

Both Collier and Holding are on pace to earn All-American honors, which are awarded to the top eight finishers in each event.

[men’s results] [women’s results] [photos]

2015 Season is in the Books

May 14th, 2015
Blake Matthias

The 2015 Westmont Baseball season came to an end today with a 12-3 loss to #4 Georgia Gwinnett (49-13) in the Lawrenceville Bracket of the NAIA Championship Opening Round. Westmont finished the season 41-17, setting a new record for wins in a single season.

The Warriors scored a single run in the first inning when Blake Matthias singled to right field to drive in Ryan Beveridge from third.

The Grizzlies responded in the top of the second with two runs to take the lead – the beginning of 12 unanswered runs. Georgia Gwinnett went on to add four more runs in the fifth and six runs in the seventh.

Westmont picked up its final two runs in the eighth. Matthias picked up his second RBI of the day when his single to right-center allowed Alex Bush to score. Ryan Beveridge then pinch hit and singled through the right side to drive in Will Barring.

This marks the second year in a row that the Warriors have earned a spot in the NAIA Opening Round – the only two times in Westmont history. Westmont baseball has continued the trajectory of improvement that has accompanied the six years that Robert Ruiz has served as head coach.

[box score] [photos]

Vasquez, Sheehan Pitch Warriors to Win

May 14th, 2015
Andrew Vasquez

Westmont starter Andrew Vasquez and reliever Sam Sheehan combined for 18 strikeouts on a Wednesday night in Georgia as #15 Westmont (41-16) posted a 6-2 victory over St. Catharine of Kentucky (38-17) in an elimination game in the Lawrenceville Bracket of the NAIA Baseball Opening Round. The 18 strikeouts broke the previous record of 16 team strikeouts set in 1964.

Three teams remain in the double elimination tournament. Tomorrow morning, Westmont will take on #4 Georgia Gwinnett in another elimination game. The winner will advance to play St. Thomas of Florida (43-15), which is undefeated (2-0) in tournament play, in the first of two possible championship games.

St. Thomas will need to win one of the two championship games to claim the Lawrenceville Bracket title and advance to the NAIA World Series in Lewiston, Idaho. Their opponent (Westmont or Georgia Gwinnett) will need to defeat St. Thomas twice to claim the prize.

[box score] [photos]