Madison Shines


Madison Hauanio, October 2016. Photo: Kelly Cox

OAKLAND, Calif. - The Cal State East Bay swim team followed up a four-way duel victory at Mills College on Friday with a dominant performance on Saturday to take first place at the annual Bay Area Invitational.

The Pioneers tallied 696 points to lead a six-team women's field that included Chapman, Biola, College of Idaho, UC Santa Cruz, and the host Mills. 

East Bay notched a first place finish in 13 of the 14 races this morning, including all three relays: the 400 Medley, the 800 Free, and the 200 Free.

"I was extremely pleased with the effort and attitude today," said head coach Shane Pelton. "I challenged them with a lot racing and some difficult events. Each and every member of this program stepped up and raced hard, and I think some even surprised themselves with how well they did."

Individually, Kayleigh Davidson won the first race of the morning, the 1650 Free, with a time of 18:25.01, followed by Ryleigh Weight in second. The Pioneers finished 1-2-3-4 in the next race, the 100 Back. Madison Hauanio notched the victory in 58.73, followed by Mariam LoweMorgan McClure, and McKenna Stevulak.

Claire Beaty out-touched Lisa Tixier of Biola by four hundredths of a second to claim first place in the 100 Breast with a time of 1:08.54.

Freshman Victoria Zukeran won the next race, the 200 Fly, in 2:11.57, just ahead of teammates Vivy Hua and Madison Faulkner in second and third place. Hua was victorious in the following event, the 50 Free, with a time of 24.94. Later in the morning she won the 100 Fly in 59.65.

The only race the Pioneers didn't win was the 100 Free, as College of Idaho's Madison Kelly bested newcomer Shelby Parker, who finished in 55.71.

Hauanio posted her second win of the day in the 200 Back (2:06.54), out-pacing Lowe in second and Miranda McDonnellin third. She also took first place in the 400 IM, besting the next closest swimmer by more than five seconds with a time of 4:35.89.

Davidson made it a sweep of the distance events with a win in the 500 Free (5:20.82), topping teammate Kali Kearns in second place.

"I was impressed with Kayleigh Davidson and Ryleigh Weight over the course of this weekend," Pelton noted. "Both of them were fantastic in the distance freestyle events, not only posting great times, but they swam their races with great strategy and execution, which is exactly what we were aiming to do as a team."

Led by Hauanio, McClure, and Beaty, the Pioneers have posted some of the top times in all of Division II in several events early in the season. They'll take a step up in competition in two weeks when CSUEB visits Davis on Nov. 4 to take on a pair of Division I squads in UC Davis and Nevada.