SRJC swim teams dominate Big 8 meet


Santa Rosa Junior College swimmers are peaking with the women taking the Big 8 Conference championship meet and the men capturing second place.

The Bear Cubs women captured their first conference title since 2009 and their fourth overall.

Leading the women was Miranda Howell, from Cotati, who won two events and had a second place finish in addition to another first place and a trio of second place finishes in relay races. Howell set school and conference meet records in winning the 50 backstroke and 100 backstroke.

Also winning a conference title was Savannah Moen, from Montgomery, in 1-meter diving.

In the relays, the 800-free team of Ashley Boyle, Megan Warren, Erin Sullivan and Howell took first.

On the men’s side, John Bing was the conference’s male swimmer of the year. Bing, from Roseburg, Ore., had two wins, a second and a third place, in addition to three relays titles at the conference meet. Bing set school and conference meet records in winning the 50 freestyle and 100 breaststroke.

Also taking individual titles for Santa Rosa were Ben Crabb, from Windsor, and Andrew Hayes, out of Livermore.

The winning relay teams included the following swimmers: Morgan Baldwin, from Casa Grande, Tom Franicievich, from Petaluma and Stephen Mackanic, from Livermore, in addition to Bing, Crabb, and Hayes. Those relays were the 200 medley, 400 medley and 800 freestyle.

Santa Rosa’s men have won four Big 8 titles.

Longtime men’s and women’s coach Jill McCormick was named Big 8 Women’s Coach of the Year.


Record-setting efforts for Sonoma State’s top women singles players and the best men’s season in more than a decade  highlighted the Seawolves tennis campaign.

Sara Celma finished the year 25-5 to earn the most wins and now holds the top spot in career winning percentage in singles play. The senior from Spain played two years at Sonoma State after transferring from Fresno Pacific.

Four-year standout Lauren Ha finished the season with the most career wins for a Sonoma State woman with a list, going 61-30. Ha is from Danville.

Two other Seawolves matched Ha for wins this season: Karlee Budge, from Laguna Nigel, was 20-8; Leire Martinez, from Spain, was 20-3.

The top doubles team was Celma and Kaitlyn Haithcock, from Alamo. The pair was 14-9 on the season.

Sonoma State concluded the season with a fifth place finish at the Pac West Conference Tennis Championships.

The Seawolves were 18-7 overall.

On the men’s side, Sonoma State recorded the program’s most wins since the 2001 season in going 11-13.
Sonoma State took sixth at the Pacific West Conference Tennis Championships.

Leading the Seawolves was Philip Holbrook, from Napa, with a 14-15 overall match record. Another freshman, Daniel Holz, played number two. Holz, from Vacaville, went 13-14 on the season.

In doubles Holbrook teamed with Matt Roberts, from San Jose. The pair was 11-16 on the season.

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