The Matadors swimming team unable to get past Roadrunners

Sarah Smith

Photo Credit: Senior Matt Oldenhage swims the 200 breaststroke against Cal State Bakersfield at the Matador Pool on Thursday. The Matador men’s team lost to the Roadrunners 66-150. Sarah Smith/ Staff Photographer

Energy was high at Matador Pool Thursday afternoon, but it wasn’t enough to turn that into a victory for the Cal State Northridge men’s and women’s swim team in the meet against Cal State Bakersfield.

With only two first place finishes, held by Kuan Fong Lao in the 50 freestyle and Jordan Harris in 100 freestyle, the men’s team fell short in catching the Roadrunners, as they lost the meet 150-66.

The women got off to a better start, but despite beginning the day with a 200 medley relay win and 15 top three finishers, they failed to catch up in the end to Bakersfield losing 135-110.

Senior Olesya Senicheva held first place standings in all three events she competed in, 200 medley relay, the 100 and 200 butterflies.

“There was not enough competition for me. Otherwise, the results were pretty good. I wish there was someone who could compete with me,” Senicheva said.

Now with the regular season over, the Matadors look ahead to the Big West Championship in Long Beach, Calif.

“They’ve trained…they’ve laid the base of their training so they’re fit. Now we need to add the speed. It’s like adding the frosting on top of the cake,” head coach Barry Schreifels said.

Freshman Harris is looking to beat the Big West Conference record in the 400 IM currently held by Peter Kline of Cal Poly at 3:51:57, but first needs to settle into his classes for the semester.

“School just started so I’m trying to balance swimming and school out so when it gets closer to conference I’m going to put swimming first and just focus on it,” Harris said.

The Matadors have a little over two weeks to prepare for the Big West Championship, which will be held Feb. 17-20.