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Christie Halverson win gives CBU its second NCAA II championship

headshot_1_Christie Halverson.jpgRIVERSIDE, Calif(March 10, 2016) – For the second time a California Baptist University swimmer has won a NCAA II championship. Christie Halverson, sophomore from West Linn, Ore., won the first race of the NCAA Division II Championships, with her 1000-yard freestyle victory, in nine minutes, 51.96 seconds.
It is the first time a Lancer has swum the event under the 10-minute mark, as Halverson bested the program's previous record she held herself earlier this year (10:02.17) by more than 10 seconds. It was just off the Division II record of 9:50.49.

The victory also earns Halverson an All-American award, the second in her career as she earned honorable mention last year for her participation in the 800-year freestyle relay at last year's championships. 

Halverson also becomes CBU's second-ever individual NCAA champion. Mary Hanson won the Lancers first NCAA title in the team's first year as a fully fledged member in 2014, taking the 100 back in a then D-II record time of 52.45.