SAC Home to Chris Knorr Invitational
CLU honors former swimmer with first meet of 2014
THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. – It was only fitting that the sun was shining on a clear, warm January day as the Cal Lutheran men’s swimming and diving team hosted the Inaugural Chris Knorr Invitational, honoring the former Kingsmen swimmer known to many as “Sunshine”.
Everyone on the pool deck inside of the Samuelson Aquatics Center including Knorr’s parents Ron and Ginny, athletes, coaches, fans and families lined the pool as head coach Tom Dodd said a few words and shared some stories of Chris’ life. Pastor Melissa then spoke and rose petals were sprinkled into the water, representing the spirit and drive of Knorr, who lost his battle with brain cancer in 2013, and in memory of others who have faced cancer.
Once competition got underway it was a dual meet between host CLU and UC Santa Cruz. The visiting Banana Slugs will return to Northern California victorious, defeating the Kingsmen by a 973-672 margin.
Returning to the pool for the first time in over a month Cal Lutheran produced a number of solid times and performances on the diving boards.
To open the Saturday portion of the meet the 400 Medley Relay team of Aaron Waters, Conrad Sheffer, Michael Fernandez and Chase Miller won by default in a time of 3:52.32. Closing out the event the quartet of Miller, Zach Loza, Tyler Berg and Sheffer took an early lead in the 400 Free Relay and never looked back, defeating the Slugs team with a time of 3:18.68.
Loza turned in a top finish in the 200 free with a time of 1:50.11, winning by more than a second. Other event champions between the lanes today were Sheffer, Hill and Miller, who edged Loza to go 1-2 in the 100 free with times of 49.62 and 49.67, respectively, while David Sparks placed fourth in 50.91. Sheffer locked up the 100 Breaststroke with a swim of 1:02.21 before going a 55.32 for second in the 100 Butterfly (55.32). Hill was victorious in the 200 fly, clocking in at 2:17.32.
On the diving boards Joey Zielsdorf secured a sweep, scoring a 194.70 on the one-meter board and a 218.30 on the three-meter ahead of teammate Kevin Schultz (178.00) for the top spot.
The 50 Free saw a close competition with five CLU swimmers in the top-seven. Sheffer paced the pack in 22.59 for second place, ahead of Miller (22.67) and Berg (22.68) who finished third and fourth places in the event with Loza (23.32) and Sparks(23.40) right on their heels in sixth and seventh.
Mike Potter began the meet on Friday afternoon with a mile swim, finishing the 1650 yards in 17:24.04 behind only Kendall Pawlowski (UCSC). Today the two met again in the 500 free, as Pawlowski edged Potter with a sub-five minute mark of 4:59.16, as the CLU swimmer produced a great 5:03.78. Derrick Graham recorded a time of 5:17.06 in the 500 and both Graham and Potter came back to swim the 100 fly in touches over a minute at 1:00.05 and 1:00.16, respectively, immediately following the distance event.
Placing third in the 200 Breaststroke was Zach Kaija who was just 11 tenths of a second out of second place in 2:27.83.
Suiting up at the SAC for the first time today Fernandez finished the 200 Individual Medley (IM) in 2:03.18, just out of first place, after swimming the 100 breast and 50 free. Andy Nguyen was sixth in the 100 back in 1:00.51 and also swam the 200 back in 2:17.69. Other freshmen swimming at the SAC today for the Kingsmen were Dominic Barriere and Bryce Woodell.
Also competing for CLU were Philip Anderson, Louis Burgos and Ethan Flyer.
Cal Lutheran will be back in the pool on Saturday, Jan. 11 when the team travels to Chapman to face the Panthers beginning at 10:30 a.m.