Yearly Archives: 2016

Couple Eyes Olympic Gold

Spring training has begun in Santa Barbara for Olympic gold-medal hopefuls Ashton Eaton and Brianne Theisen-Eaton, the power couple of track and field. …The SBTC hosted the fifth annual Sam Adams Combined Events Invitational at Westmont College last weekend. The club’s own Thomas FitzSimons Jr. won the decathlon (7,576 points), and Lindsay Schwartz won the heptathlon (5,991). more

Ron Demolar– Pancake King and So Much More

Summer staff, intern, year–round staff, Ponderosa Lodge Director, Advancement Staff member, tour director, president of the Trustees, part of the Redwood Society; there’s hardly a category of involvement at Mount Hermon that doesn’t fit Ron Demolar, and it goes back 55 years! …On the car trip in 1962, he met Jacquie Dangers, who had grown up in Zaire (now Congo), and was attending Westmont College. more

MEDIA ALERT: Pepperdine University Graziadio School and Local Dignitaries Celebrate Santa Barbara Part-Time MBA Program

Pepperdine University Graziadio School of Business and Management will hold an open house to celebrate the new two-year, part-time MBA offered in Santa Barbara. The program is offered in concert with Westmont College at the Westmont Downtown campus. Professionals who are interested in earning their MBA part-time are welcome to attend. more


Action kicked off at 10am ET with the Southeastern Regional Champions, the University of Virginia versus the Western Regional Champions, Westmont College. After a slow start, UVA’s Felipe Gomez scored two goals, as Westmont’s Tony Uretz answered back with a field goal. Following three back-to-back goals from Aristide Faggionato, UVA headed into the end of the first chukker with a 5-1 advantage. more

Mythical Selkies Tell Haunting Tale in ‘Second Skin’

There’s nothing quite like sitting around a campfire and hearing a spooky story. Even better if you’re at a firepit on the beach at sunset — and the ghostly element of the tale is a selkie, a mythical creature that’s a seal in the water, but can shed its skin and take human form. Female form. As the evening darkens, so does the narrative. …The sound may be more controllable indoors (there are two performances, April 15-16, at Westmont College in Santa Barbara), where there’s no competition from the surf. But the beach setting is perfect for this fascinating and haunting play. You may never see seals the same. more

Eagles fall to the Warriors

A full week of games over spring break for the men’s tennis team concluded on April 1 with a loss to the Lewis-Clark State College Warriors. The Eagles finished singles with strong performances from their top two players, but ultimately could not overcome the deficit, losing the match 3-6. …The Eagles move to 10-10 on the season, following a loss to the Middlebury College Panthers on March 28 and a win against the Pacific Lutheran University Lutes on March 29. The team next plays the Westmont College Warriors on April 5, their second-to-last match before the Golden State Athletic Conference tournament starts on April 19. more

The University of Miami is back!

It’s been over sixty years since the University of Miami boasted major polo credentials. The initial program was developed under the sponsorship of 10-goaler Michael Phipps and his pro, George Oliver.  Phipps honed his teeth on arena polo during his college days at Yale University (playing on a national championship Yale team in 1932). …In spite of the overtime loss, the University of Miami was selected to join Western Ontario University, Texas A&M, Cornell, Westmont College and the University of Virginia at the University of Connecticut’s Horsebarn Hill Arena in Storrs, CT April 4-9, for the 2016 National Intercollegiate Championships (NIC). more

Haley Strandness Honored as Westmont’s Scholar-Athlete Award Winner

Haley Strandness is all about educating people on caring for and improving the environment.

The Westmont College women’s tennis team member has goals of earning masters and doctorate degrees in environmental education, with a focus on marine biology. She already has practice on educating the public on marine life as she’s done volunteer work at the Ty Warner Sea Center on Stearns Wharf. more


Former University of South Alabama women’s track and field All-American Lindsay Schwartz won the heptathlon at the 5th Annual Sam Adams Combined Events Invitational over the weekend, and in doing so she posted a qualifying score for the United States Olympic Trials.

Representing the Santa Barbara Track Club, Schwartz recorded a total of 5,991 points over two days at Westmont College’s Thorrington Field to win the competition by three points over teammate Lindsay Lettow.  She now advances to the 2016 U.S. Olympic Track and Field Team Trials, which will be held July 1-10 at Oregon’s Hayward Field, in an effort to represent the country at the Olympic Games later this summer in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. more

SBTC duo repeat at Adams meet

Saturday was all about big finishes for Santa Barbara Track Club teammates Lindsay Schwartz and Thomas FitzSimons Jr. at Westmont’s Sam Adams Combined Events Invitational.

The local duo used standout efforts in their final events to become two-time champions in the women’s heptathlon and men’s decathlon titles, respectively, at Thorrington Field on Saturday. more