By THE BAKERSFIELD CALIFORNIAN
VALLEY GLEN -- The Bakersfield College swimming team had a strong performance at the Western State Conference Championships at Los Angeles Valley College, setting school records as the men's team placed third and the women's fourth.
BC had two conference champions, with Matt Prosser (Highland High) winning the 100 breaststroke in 56.97 seconds and John Cunningham (Frontier) winning the 400 IM (4:28.60). Prosser's mark set a conference and BC record. Prosser also set a BC record in the 50 free (20.08 seconds), good for second place.
Catherine Lugo (Garces) broke the women's school record in the 50 fly (26.24, third). Shelby Bayne (Frontier) set the BC mark in the 50 breaststroke (33.12, fourth). Clarissa Gardella (Frontier) set the school mark in the 50 free (24.44, second). Josh Delarosa (Shafter) broke the school record in the 200 free (1:42.88 fourth).
Prosser advanced to the state championships in the 100 breaststroke and 50 free; Delarosa advanced in the 200 free; Lugo advanced in the 100 IM, 100 fly and 50 free; Elizabeth Hargis (Centennial) advanced in the 1,650 backstroke; and Gardella advanced in the 50 and 100 free.
Cuesta College won the men's meet with 762 points. BC had 421 points. Ventura won the women's meet with 828 points. BC had 418 points.
Also, Garces graduate Mac Aakhus, swimming for Long Beach City, advanced to state by winning the 200 back (1:56.04) and 100 back (52.94) at the South Coast Conference Championships. He also advanced to state in the 500 free (4:51.94), where he finished fifth.
The state meet is Thursday through Saturday at East L.A. Junior College.
Merced tops Taft in baseball
MERCED -- Taft College's two-out rally in the ninth came to an abrupt halt when Merced right fielder Nick Mello made a running catch on Roman Testani's drive that would have cleared the bases -- and given the Cougars the lead -- preserving a 5-3 victory for Merced in Central Valley Conference baseball play.
Taft's Travis Tessandori got things started in the ninth with a single against Merced closer Carl Jameson. Pinch-hitter Adrian Rodriguez followed with a base hit before another single by Dayton Kurian loaded the bases for Testani.
Tessandori and Matt Moorehead each had three hits, and Kurian was 2-for-4 for the Cougars (11-22-1, 8-14), who close out their season with games against Reedley on Thursday and Friday.
Moorehead pulled Taft to within 4-3 with an RBI single in the eighth.
Clint Jorgensen also drove in a run with a single as part of a two-run fourth for the Cougars.
Merced (20-13, 14-7) responded with three runs in the bottom half of the inning and tacked on runs in the seventh and eighth innings.
CSUB softball team is swept
Saint Mary's swept Cal State Bakersfield in a doubleheader -- 3-0 in Game 1 and 6-3 in Game 2 -- at the Roadrunner Softball Complex.
After CSUB (14-29, 9-11 Pacific Coast Softball Conference) scored two in the third inning of Game 2, the game remained tied until the 10th, when Saint Mary's (20-27, 11-9 PCSC) erupted for four runs. Amber Mills allowed six runs (two earned) over 10 innings in the game, taking the loss.
Laura King, the lone senior on the Roadrunners team, collected four hits on Senior Day.
CSUB plays its final PCSC series of the year at first-place BYU (23-22, 12-4 PCSC) with doubleheaders Friday and Saturday.
CSUB goes 1-2 in sand volleyball
HERMOSA BEACH -- The Cal State Bakersfield sand volleyball team defeated Loyola Marymount 3-2 and fell 4-1 to No. 4-ranked USC and 5-0 to No. 2 Long Beach State on Saturday at the USAV Hermosa Beach Collegiate Challenge. The Roadrunners'' No. 3 team of Molly O'Hagan and Lisa Bartsch posted the lone win over the Trojans. CSUB wrapped up its first season in the sport Sunday with the doubles competition.