Warrior Nic Swider Tames the Westmonster

Westmonster Champion Nic Swider

Nicholas Swider, a member of the Westmont cross country and track and field teams won the sixth annual Westmonster July 17, edging out three-time champion Ricky Ho by three seconds. Jihanna Allard of Norwich, England, was the top female finisher followed by Desa Marie Mandarino of Santa Barbara. Swider, an incoming sophomore at Westmont, graduated… [Continue Reading]

Racers Seek to Tame the Westmonster 5K

Bobby Olivera jumped out to an early lead at the 2014 Westmonster

The sixth annual Westmonster, dubbed Santa Barbara’s toughest 5K race, returns to the scenic Westmont campus Friday, July 17, at 6:15 p.m. The race is a family-friendly event and is open to everyone. An early registration fee of $35 is available through June 30, after which the registration fee increases to $40. High school and… [Continue Reading]

Youth Summer Sports Camps Underway

John Moore with daughters Jacqueline and Jessie in 2007

Westmont summer sports camps, a more than 25-year tradition in Montecito, began June 22 with sports skills camp, developing motor skills of co-ed campers from ages 5-10. Basketball camp, which also began this week, has been around nearly 40 years at Westmont. John Moore, men’s head basketball coach, recalls being an incoming senior at Westmont… [Continue Reading]

Washington Shines as SB Track Champs

Russell Smelley starts the boys 80m race

Athletes from seven local elementary schools competed in track-and-field events May 14 at the Westmont track. More than 250 students from Roosevelt, McKinley, Adams, Cleveland, Franklin, Monroe and Washington Elementary schools battled for local bragging rights, competing in about a dozen events. The annual Track and Field City Championships began two years ago under the… [Continue Reading]

Event Benefits Ugandan Mothers, Children


Westmont hosts a 5K run/walk to benefit Save the Mothers, an organization working to improve the lives of women in Uganda, on Saturday, May 16, at 9 a.m. Registration, which costs $15 for students; $25 for adults (free kids fun run), begins at the Westmont track at 8:30 a.m. Registration is also available online at… [Continue Reading]

New Grads Urged to Make Commitments

Golden Warriors

Commencement speaker David Brooks demonstrated his talent as a humorist while offering the class of 2015 advice about commitment, love and taking chances in their careers May 9 at Westmont. Brooks’ opening, witty monologue shone a ray of sunshine on an otherwise overcast day. Several thousand family and friends of the remained bundled up through… [Continue Reading]

Student-Athletes Shine at Awards Dinner

Stefan Inouye with coaches John Moore and Jeff Azain, the Jordano's and President Beebe

The 21st annual Golden Eagle Awards Dinner April 14 honored a dozen Westmont scholar-athletes who have exceled athletically and in the classroom while being a faithful follower of Christ. This year’s winners were Evan Kramer, men’s cross country, Heidi Nichols, women’s cross country, Daniel Johnsen, men’s soccer, Ciena Colburn, women’s volleyball, Christian Hatchett, men’s track… [Continue Reading]

SB Marks 100 Days to Special Olympics Games

At a press conference in July , Special Olympics and Westmont officials announced plans for the college to house 100 coaches and athletes competing in the games this summer.

The 100-day countdown to the start of the 2015 Special Olympics World Games begins April 16. The largest sporting event in Los Angeles since the 1984 Olympics, the 25-sport competition takes place July 25 through Aug. 2, 2015, with 7,000 athletes and 3,000 coaches from 177 countries. Santa Barbara, one of 100 Host Towns in… [Continue Reading]

Westmont Polo Wins the West

• Mike Esparza, Carey Osimo, Tony Uretz and Coach John Westley (courtesy Santa Barbara Polo School)

The Westmont men’s polo team defeated Stanford University 18-10 on March 22 at the Central Coast Polo Club in San Luis Obispo to capture the USPA Intercollegiate Western Regionals. The victory earns the Warriors a spot at the U.S. Polo Association National Intercollegiate Championship Tournament, however due to a lack of funding and experience, the… [Continue Reading]

Bethany Hamilton to Speak at Westmont


Bethany Hamilton, whose autobiography, “Soul Surfer: A True Story of Faith, Family, and Fighting to Get Back on the Board,” inspired the 2011 film “Soul Surfer,” speaks Friday, April 10, at 5:45 p.m. in Westmont’s Murchison Gym. Westmont hosts Night of Champions, sponsored by the Santa Barbara Fellowship of Christian Athletes (SBFCA), which includes special… [Continue Reading]