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By Douglas C. Pizac/ Special to The Californian
By THE BAKERSFIELD CALIFORNIAN
SAN ANTONIO, Texas -- Mitchell Huxhold and Michaela Paige both won the 500 freestyle races for Bakersfield to highlight day two of the WAC Swimming and Diving Championships for the Roadrunners.
Huxhold lowered his school mark by more than four seconds to 4:17.23 in the preliminaries. The performance is a new conference record and is also a NCAA B cut time. In the finals, Huxhold swam a time of 4:17.40, winning by nearly 4 seconds over second place Noah Lucas of North Dakota.
Paige lowered her school record by 6 seconds to 4:49.76 in the preliminaries. In the finals, Paige went even faster, 4:48.90 to win the race by nearly three seconds over Northern Arizona's Emma Lowther.
"Michaela's is on fire," Bakersfield director of swimming and Diving Chris Hansen said. "I am so proud of her; she is one of the hardest workers I have been associated with."
Nicolette Goncalves broke the school record in the 200 IM during the preliminaries.
Goncalves went 2:04.08, breaking the old mark of 2:04.42 set by Jodi Hanson in 2013. In the finals, Goncalves went 2:04.72 to finish seventh.
The 200 free relay of Paola Hernandez, Lauren Kaufman, Kelsey Lange and Chrisy Vo shatted the school record by over a second at 1:33.20.
VISALIA-- Taft pitcher Kevin Little gave up just two earned runs on four hits over 7-2/3 innings Thursday, but the Cougars were beaten 3-2 by College of the Sequoias in a Central Valley Conference game.
Roman Testani went 3-4 with an RBI for the Cougars who fall to 4-10 (0-5 Central Valley Conference).
Taft will host Sequoias at 1 p.m. Saturday.