YOTE NOTES - EDITION 11
COMING UP: vs. Soka University, Friday, 5:30 p.m.; vs. Soka University, Saturday, 5:30 p.m.
LAST WEEK: Idle
A CHANCE TO SWIM AT HOME: The C of I swim teams will close out the 2011-12 regular season with a pair of home dual meets against NAIA foe Soka University of America. It marks just the second and third duals since the first weekend of December.
PREVIOUS HOME MEETS: Home meets for the Yotes have been few and far between since the swimming program was started in 2004. The C of I hosted head-to-head duals against Lewis & Clark and Puget Sound in 2005-06, hosted Pacific Lutheran in 2006-07, hosted Boise State and Colorado Mesa in 2007-08 (women only), hosted Pacific Lutheran in 2008-09, and hosted Pacific Lutheran in 2010-11. In all, The C of I teams are searching for their first-ever home dual wins, as the men’s team is 0-7 and the women 0-9 inside the J.A. Albertson Aquatics Center.
ABOUT SOKA: The Yotes will host an NAIA opponent for the first time ever, as Soka University heads to Caldwell. The Lions, from Aliso Viejo, Calif. (Southern Orange County) are a liberal arts college founded on the Buddhist principles. The men’s team is led by a trio of freshmen, Scott Bower, Nick Peck, and Jake Edelstein, along with sophomore Miles Veasey – a group that holds the No. 11 200-free relay time in the NAIA. The SUA women are led by sophomores Leia Marasovich and Melody Murakami, freshman Tessa Rutter, and senior Michelle Nunn – a foursome that has the 11th-best 200-free relay time in the NAIA.
NATIONAL TOP TIMES: A total of three individuals and nine relay teams were listed among the national leaders as the NAIA last week released their third Top-25 marks of the 2011-12 season. Individually, Casey Walker (Portland, Ore. / Skyview HS) is No. 20 in the 200-back and No. 22 in the 100-back, while Jeremy Erbsen (Denver, Colo. / U. of Colorado) is No. 20 in the 100-back, and Chrissie Younggren (La Grande, Ore. / La Grande HS). Relay wise, the Coyote men are ranked in the Top-15 in five events – No. 12 in the 400-medley and 800-free, while ranking No. 14 in the 200-free, 200-medley, and 400-free, while the Lady Yotes are ranked in the Top-20 in four events – No. 17 in the 200-free and 400-medley, and No. 18 in the 200-medley and 400-free.
NATIONAL QUALIFYING MARKS: NAIA “A” Standards – Casey Walker (100-back), Jeremy Erbsen (100-back), Chrissie Younggren (400-IM), Men’s 200-free Relay, Men’s 200-medley Relay, Men’s 400-free Relay, Men’s 400-medley relay, Women’s 200-medley Relay; NAIA “B” Standards – Walker (100-free, 200-back), Erbsen (100-free, 200-back), Lucas Hill (Pendleton, Ore. / Pendleton HS) (200-fly).
ABOUT THE COACH: Christine Mabile is in her first season as head coach of the Coyotes, taking over the program on January 2. Mabile comes to The C of I after spending four seasons as a student-assistant coach at Boise State, helping the Broncos to the 2010 and 2011 Western Athletic Conference titles. She has also directed the Streamliner Aquatics program and coached at the Treasure Valley YMCA and at Capital High. A 2010 graduate of Boise State, she earned her degree in Kinesiology-Exercise Science - and currently is a swim instructor for the BSU kinesiology department. She began her collegiate career at The C of I, swimming for the Coyotes for two seasons - qualifying for the NAIA National Championships in 2006 and 2007. Mabile currently holds a trio of school records - as she was a part of the 200-freestyle, 200-medley, and 400-freestyle relay teams that clocked the fastest time in program history during the 2006-07 season. A native of Post Falls, Mabile was a member of the 2003 and 2004 state championship teams at Post Falls High.
FOR MORE INFORMATION: For more on The C of I swimming program, head to the official homepage of the Coyotes, www.collegeofidaho.edu/swimming.