The Cal Lutheran men’s swimming and diving team faced its first test of the season at the Malibu Invitational on Saturday morning at Raleigh Runnels Memorial Pool on the campus of Pepperdine University.
After placing fourth in the Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SCIAC) standings last season, the Cal Lutheran men’s swimming and diving team returns 11 student-athletes while adding 13 talented newcomers to the mix in 2015-16.
The Cal Lutheran men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams are nearing the start of the 2015-16 season where they will compete in a total of 11 meets, including eight SCIAC meets and four home meets.
Most people don’t choose to wake up before the sun rises, but for Philip Anderson, this is an occurrence that happens most of the academic year. With the moon and stars still dominating the sky, he hops into the water and starts his workout. He says that it’s all worth it when the sun rises and the pool turns into liquid gold, called the golden hour, this is when swimmers know practice is coming to an end.
Swimming is a science to Ore Wahnishe. The 22-year-old Oak Park native breaks down and critiques every one of his dives, strokes and flip turns with the purpose to become an even faster swimmer for the Cal Lutheran men’s swimming and diving team.
The largest sporting event in Los Angeles since the 1984 Olympics is coming to town and California Lutheran University and the city of Thousand Oaks are honored to be hosting Special Olympic World Games delegations from four countries between July 21-24, 2015 prior to the start of competition on July 25 as a Host Town.
At the conclusion of each academic and athletic year the school with the most combined championships points in Division III is honored with the Learfield Sports Directors’ Cup. In 2014-15 Cal Lutheran was one of eight SCIAC schools to appear in the final standings as announced on June 4.
Throughout the school year, much of the day-to-day focus is directed towards the successes of the Cal Lutheran athletics programs, but on Saturday morning, a group of 152 student-athletes, with their families and friends, gathered inside of the Gilbert Arena for the 12th CLU Scholar-Athlete Society Induction ceremony where academics were praised.