2014 Season Highlights
- 3rd Place at the CCCAA State Championships
- 2nd Place at the Big 8 Conference Championships
- CCCAA State Champion, John Bing, 50 Free
The 2014 SRJC Men's Swim and Dive Team successfully took second place at the Big 8 Championship Meet after winning four conference titles in the past seven years. Sophomore John Bing was honored with the "Big 8 Male Swimmer of the Year" and the "Performance of the Meet" awards after winning and setting new Big 8 records in both the 50 Free and the 100 Breast. Other individual champions included sophomore Andrew Hayes in the 200 IM and freshman Ben Crabb in the 200 Back.
The SRJC men also managed to win three of the five relays including both the medleys as well as the 800 free. At the CCCAA State Swim and Dive Championship Meet, the Bear Cubs got back on the podium with a third place finish after winning their first state title in 2012. The highlight of the meet was Bing winning the 50 Free, finishing 3rd in the 100 Breast and 11th in the 200 Breast. His lead-off leg on the 400 Free Relay, set a new school record in the 100 Free with a time of 45.35.
The men's relays took 2nd in both the 200 and 400 Medleys, 4th in the 800 Free, 6th in the 400 Free, and 11th in the 200 Free. Hayes had three top eight finishes in the 200 IM (4th), 100 Fly (5th), and the 200 Back (3rd). He broke both of his 2013 school records in the IM and Back, going 1:51.42 and 1:51.52 respectively. Other SRJC top eight finalists included: Crabb (100 Back and 200 Back); Clark Hale (1650 Free); and Stephen Mackanic (200 Back).
Overall the SRJC's 2014 men finished with seven All Americans in 13 events and four relays, seven All Conference athletes, three Academic All Americans, and four Academic All Conference athletes. John Bing and Andrew Hayes managed to set five new school records as well.
2014-2015 Season Preview
In her 15th season as head coach, Jill McCormick is excited about the team's potential in 2015. The cubs will have strong sophomore leadership including 2014 All American's Ben Crabb (Windsor), Tom Franicevich (Petaluma), and Stephen Mackanic (Livermore), as well as All Conference athletes, Bowen Brooks (Healdsburg), and Omar Saldivar (Napa). Key incoming recruits to watch in 2015 include section qualifier Brandon Miguel (Vallejo), Jesse Schmidt (Novato), and section finalist, diver Tanner McDonald (Santa Rosa). In 2015, SRJC will seek to win their fifth Big 8 Conference title and return to the podium with a top three finish at the CCCAA State Championship Meet.
- CCCAA STATE CHAMPIONS 2012
The SRJC Men's Swim and Dive Team has been in existence for over 40 years, and the last 11 seasons have been their most successful in school history. They compete for the California Community College Athletic Association (CCCAA) and belong to the Big Eight Conference, the most competitive conference in California, and arguably one of the fastest conferences in the nation. In the final CCCAA state rankings, the Bear Cubs have finished in the top five, eight out of the last 11 seasons, and they have finished in the top 10, 10 out of the last 11 years. During that time they have also captured four Big 8 Conference titles and have finished 2nd four times.
The 2012 team captured SRJC's first men's swim and dive state title, and they did so by the largest margin in community college history–out-scoring the runner-up by nearly 200 points. In that season alone, they captured three individual titles, four relay titles, set two new state records and broke 10 school records. At that meet the relay team of Sean Malley, John Bing, Trent Williams, and Nolan Stimple won the 200 Medley Relay shattering a 14 year-old state record by over two seconds, a record that still stands today. It was such a dominating performance that the state swim and dive coaches association honored them with the prestigious "Outstanding Performance of the Meet" award. Nicolas Suissa was named the CCCAA Male Diver of the Year as well.
Since 2004 SRJC has produced nine state champions, two national champions, three new state records, 51 new school records, and numerous conference champions and Big 8 meet records. Between our men's and women's teams, we have had over 50 swimmers and divers transfer on scholarship to the four-year level, 21 of which have been to Division I schools.
During the past 10 seasons, our teams have produced over 120 All American and All Conference athletes and over 100 All Academic Team members as well. Former men's team member, David Hernandez (All American Butterflier 08-09), was named the NATYCAA National Male Scholar-Athlete of the Year for two-year colleges in 2009 for his high level swimming performances and his perfect 4.0 GPA.
It is our mission to produce student-athletes willing to develop a high degree of self-worth and autonomy, a commitment to pursue academic and athletic excellence, a servitude to their community, and a willingness to overcome adversity.