Win number two of the season was career coaching victory number 400 for CLU Head Coach Rich Rider who amassed his total while at the helm of the Chapman and Cal Lutheran programs.
After winning the final four regular season conference contests to earn a spot in the SCIAC Post-Season Tournament for the fourth straight season, the Kingsmen fell in the semifinals to Redlands by a 68-58 score.
Senior Greg Grimm earned first team all-SCIAC honors and became the 24th Kingsman in program history to score 1,000 points in a career. He led the conference averaging nearly 20 points per game in conference play and was named SCIAC Male Athlete of the Week (Dec. 6-12).
The season was highlighted by a five-game win streak capped off with a 66-61 victory over then-No. 24 Calvin on New Year’s Eve.
Despite a four-game conference win streak and taking three of their last four games, the Regals finished one win shy of a berth into the SCIAC Post-Season Tournament.
Sophomore Starla Wright earned first team all-SCIAC honors for the second straight year after leading the Regals, averaging 12 points per game. Sophomore teammate Brianna Parker received second team recognition for back-to-back seasons.
Men’s Swimming & Diving
During the regular season, the Kingsmen earned four conference dual wins, equaling the most in the program’s eight-year history and repeating last year’s performance.
Freshman Conrad Sheffer was the top CLU performer at the SCIAC Championships with his best finish coming as runner-up in the 400-yard individual medley. In just his first year, he is either the sole or co-owner of seven school records.
Junior teammates Jake Kaija and Grant East each set two individual school records at that competition. East was also named SCIAC Male Athlete of the Week (Jan. 3-9).
Women’s Swimming & Diving
With a team roster that featured no seniors and only one upperclassman, the Regals welcomed several young and talented members to the squad
Freshman diver Sheyenne Machida highlighted the Regals’ performances at the SCIAC Championships taking second place on the one-meter springboard.
Freshman Shelby Brooks set CLU records in both the 100-yard and 200-yard backstroke events at that meet, with fellow newcomer Kelli Miller earning a top-five finish in the 200-yard breaststroke.
CLU Among Top Athletic Schools
Following the completion of the fall athletics season, CLU ranked No. 25 in Division III in the Learfield Sports Directors’ Cup Standings. The standings are based on points awarded to team finishes of respective schools in each of the 18 selected sports—nine men’s and nine women’s—throughout the year.
Cal Lutheran leads a group of four Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference institutions that earned points during the fall season. Claremont-Mudd-Scripps was ranked 49th, Redlands 77th and Whittier 180th.
CLU currently sponsors six of the seven fall programs recognized with three of the six earning 139 points. Volleyball garnered the most, 64, after reaching the Round of 16 in the NCAA tournament. Regals soccer provided 50 points with a spot in the second round of the postseason, and football contributed 25 after earning its second playoff appearance in as many years.
Washington (Missouri) University led the standings with 336 points.
Women’s Water Polo
The 2011 preseason Collegiate Water Polo Association (CWPA) poll ranked CLU at No. 4 in Division III to begin the year. The Regals won the Collegiate III Championship title last season.
Out of 446 Division III teams, the Cal Lutheran Regals ranked above all in kills per set and received an award presented by the NCAA. Only one other team in the country averaged more than 14 kills per frame.