Athletes of the Week

Week of February 17, 2014

Sheyenne Machida

Swimming & Diving

In her final SCIAC Championship, Sheyenne Machida had a weekend to remember, setting two new school records and becoming the first Regals diver to qualify to compete at the NCAA Division III Women’s Diving Regionals. Machida opened the weekend on the one-meter board where she nearly missed the NCAA cut of 395.00, scoring a 394.60, four tenths of a point away from punching a ticket. She came back on Friday evening to surpass that mark, scoring a CLU record 453.95 to earn All-SCIAC recognition. On Sunday in three-meter finals, she again qualified to compete in Iowa (Grinnell College) Feb. 28-Mar. 1 after tallying a 411.65 to break a 10-year old CLU record and putting her name in the record books for all four marks. She was a two-time All-SCIAC recipient this weekend.

Ryan Brem & Joey Zielsdorf

Swimming & Diving

A pair of CLU men’s divers made history this weekend at the SCIAC Championships. Ryan Brem and Joey Zielsdorf became the first two male divers in school history to advance to NCAA Division III Men’s Diving Regional competition, setting new school records in the process. Competing in his first SCIAC Championship meet for the Kingsmen, Zielsdorf became a Cal Lutheran record holder by breaking the one-meter diving marks for an 11-dive list. On Friday afternoon in preliminaries, Zielsdorf set a new record with a score of 461.10 before coming back on Saturday to improve the tally to 446.80, earning a national bid. He earned the first All-SCIAC recognition of his career by placing second and was joined by Brem who scored a 440.30 for third. Additionally, the duo each broke the CLU three-meter mark on Thursday in preliminaries, with Brem increasing his score to 432.65 for the new record. Both men will compete at Grinnell (Ia.) College from Feb. 28-Mar. 1.

Zach Loza

Swimming & Diving

In his first SCIAC Championships, freshman swimmer Zach Loza left his mark on Cal Lutheran, setting three individual school records, while also competing on a record setting relay. On the opening day of competition he earned a 200 Free Relay All-SCIAC nod as the quartet placed third with a time of 1:25.38. His 500 free time was a 16-second personal best and a school record by more than a second in 4:43.16, which he reached after swimming it just a couple of times this year, serving primarily as a sprinter. The final day of competition saw two records fall, one in the 100 free, with a time of 46.99, before leading off the record setting 400 Free Relay team that finished in 3:09.34.