By The Bakersfield Californian
THE BAKERSFIELD CALIFORNIAN
As expected, Cal State Bakersfield has formally applied for membership to the Big West Conference.
According to Big West Conference Commissioner Dennis Farrell, in a story posted Thursday on the Honolulu Advertiser sports web site, CSUB, the University of Hawaii and UC San Diego all submitted information to be considered for membership by Wednesday's deadline.
CSUB has targeted the BWC as its preferred conference home since it began the process of moving from NCAA Division II to NCAA Division I in 2006. CSUB currently is a Division I independent.
Hawaii, the Advertiser reported, is in serious talks for its football program to join the Mountain West Conference, but it hopes to participate in the BWC for all other sports. Football is not a BWC sport. Hawaii hopes to be in the MWC and BWC for the 2012-13 school year, the newspaper reported.
The Big West Council is scheduled to meet next Wednesday to review information provided by the three prospective members and may make a recommendation to the Board of Directors (presidents and chancellors of BWC member schools) at that time, the Advertiser reported.
-- JEFF EVANS
Tennis players to NY
Eight of Bakersfield's top junior tennis players will travel to New York City today through Sunday to compete in an East Coast-West Coast Junior Tennis Challenge that will have them playing at venues where pros compete.
The event "will not only be an amazing tennis experience for these kids, but more importantly it will be a social and cultural memory they will keep for a lifetime," said USTA national coach Greg Bolitsky, who is coordinating the event that will play out at the West Side Tennis Club at Forrest Hills, the USTA National Tennis Center (home of the U.S. Open). "Most of these kids have only seen (the clubs) on television. During this trip, they will have the opportunity to playon the actual courts of these world-reknowned venues.
The Bakersfield contingent consists of: Kaleb Johnson and Edward Ramirez in the 12-and-under division; Anthony Busacca and Matt Flores (14U); Levi Niavez and Sullivan Roche (16U); and DJ Johnson and Tyler Thoms (18U).
CSUB women set school mark in 400 medley relay
COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Cal State Bakersfield set a women's school record in the 4x100 medley relay at the AT&T Short Course National Championships at Ohio State.
The team of Stephanie Donnelly, Rachel Holm, Rachel McCall and Louise Westergren clocked 3:48.03, topping to old mark of 3:50.74 set by the same foursome last season.
CSUB placed 17th in the race, the first time in the program's history it has scored points at the Short Course National Championships.
McCall placed 27th in the finals of the 50 free in 23.28 in the prelims, 23.29 in the finals.
BC women beaten
SAN LUIS OBISPO -- Bakersfield College lost 74-52 to Allan Hancock College in the Cuesta women's tournament.
Gabi Morales had 21 points, nine rebounds and six blocks for the Renegades and Dianna Roseburr added 11 points and three steals.