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Local report: CSUB's Huxhold finishes 17th in 1650 free at NCAAs

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    Cal State Bakersfield junior Mitchell Huxhold is shown swimming his way to a 36th-place finish in the 200-meter freestyle preliminaries at the NCAA Division I Swimming and Diving Championships at the University of Texas in this file photo.

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By THE BAKERSFIELD CALIFORNIAN

AUSTIN, Texas -- Cal State Bakersfield junior Mitchell Huxhold finished 17th in the men's 1,650-yard freestyle at the NCAA Division I Swimming and Diving Championships.

Huxhold, who entered the meet with the seventh-fastest time among NCAA swimmers, clocked 14 minutes, 56.21 seconds.

Huxhold was an automatic qualifier into the NCAA Championships when he won the event at the Western Athletic Conference Championships on March 1 with a personal best and CSUB-record 14:47.18.

"I'm so proud of Mitchell, swimming the mile twice this close together," said Chris Hansen, CSUB's director of swimming. "It's not easy for a first-timer at the NCAA Championship.

"We are going home with an NCAA All-American, a two-time NCAA finalist and the swimming world seeing CSUB on the scoreboard for the first time we got invited to the meet. Mitchell has put himself and CSUB swimming on the map and I and this entire team is grateful for that."

Huxhold also placed 16th in the 500-yard freestyle on Thursday to earn All-America status with a 4:18.61. He had set a personal and CSUB record with a 4:16.71 during that morning's session.

Huxhold was 36th in the 200 free on Friday (1:36.50).

Huxhold's 500 finish gave CSUB one team point, its first scoring in a D-I NCAA swimming championship.

Michigan's Connor Jaeger won the 1,650 with a 14:29.27, 10 seconds faster than runner-up Jeremy Bagshaw of Cal-Berkeley.

Six points behind Texas entering the day, Cal regained the lead in the first event Saturday and extended it after nearly every event to win its third national title in four years.

As they did the last time they hosted the championships in 2003, the Longhorns finished second with 417.5 points -- 51 behind the champion Golden Bears. Florida (387 points) was third, with defending champ Michigan (310) and Georgia (259) rounding out the top five.

"It was (Cal) more than us," Texas coach Eddie Reese said.

"We very much surpassed what it looked like we could do individually and it takes a lot of individuals to make up a good team score. That's what they did. We had a great meet."

Louisville's Joao De Lucca won the 100 freestyle in 41.70, becoming the first to sweep the 100 and 200 freestyle events at the championships since Michigan's Gustavo Borges accomplished the feat in 1995.

American records fell in the next two events, Arizona's Kevin Cordes won the 200 breaststroke in 1:48.66, breaking the record he set last year by 0.02 seconds. Michigan's Dylan Bosch then set an American record in the 200 butterfly at 1:39.33.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

CSUB softball loses twinbill

Utah Valley scored three runs in the second and six in the third en route to a 9-4 Western Athletic Conference softball win over host Cal State Bakersfield in the first game of a doubleheader.

The Wolverines completed the doubleheader sweep with a 4-3 win in the second game, giving them a three-game series sweep to open WAC play.

CSUB (9-28-1, 0-3 WAC) was limited to seven singles in the first game, with Amy Ricciardi collecting three of them. Dynasty Lauvai hit her third home run for Utah Valley en route to a 3-for-3, four-RBI game.

Brittney Vansway went 2-for-3 with three RBIs and her first home run of the season to power Utah Valley (10-19, 3-0 WAC) in the second game.

The Roadrunners trailed 4-0 until scoring three runs in the seventh on two doubles, two singles and two errors.

CSUB wins two track events

SAN LUIS OBISPO -- Cal State Bakersfield had first-place finishes by Bryan Wilmert in the men's hammer and Gabby Guilliano in the women's javelin at the Cal Poly Invitational track and field meet Friday and Saturday.

Wilmert's winning mark was 184 feet, 10 inches. CSUB's Gabe Holland was third in 165-11-½

Guilliano's winning mark was 109-61/2.

Other top performances for the Roadrunners were a second by Karnell Grimes in the men's javelin (177-6½), Marina Emhoff placing second in the women's fastest 400-meter heat (58.68) and Alyssa Page placing second in the women's fastest 200-meter heat (24.96).

In team scoring, CSUB was beaten by Cal Poly and Fresno State but beat Pepperdine in the men's (60-15) and women's (66-40) competition.

BC 6th straight loss in baseball

Bakersfield College was limited to seven singles by first-place Los Angeles Mission College and lost 7-2 at Gerry Collis Field.

It was the sixth straight loss by BC (8-16-1, 4-8-1 Western State Conference South Division).

Mission (16-8-1, 11-1-1 WSC) scored three runs in the fourth and seventh.

The Renegades scored both of their runs in the eighth on an error and Rolando Martinez's sacrifice fly. Mission had four doubles among its seven hits.

Taft winning streak ends

REEDLEY -- Nick Pate hit two home runs and drove in four runs and Josh Cantrell had two doubles and scored three runs as Reedley rolled to a 10-3 Central Valley Conference baseball win over Taft, snapping the Cougars' five-game winning streak.

Taft (10-14, 6-9 CVC) had two singles and an RBI from Loren Cutolo.

Reedley broke it open with a five-run second and added three runs in the seventh.

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