Fresno Pacific swimmer Cheyenne Coffman won the 100-meter backstroke at the Pacific Collegiate Swim Conference championships Friday, with her time of 52.41 seconds bettering the NCAA A-cut mark.
It won't help her qualify for the NCAA championships since the Sunbirds are an NAIA program, but it still ranks 12th-fastest in the country among all levels this season.
"No one ever makes an A-cut it seems -- that's a mountaintop," Fresno Pacific coach Peter Richardson said. "Only about 10 people in the country per event will make it. The NCAA makes those times astronomically fast. I'm proud of Cheyenne. She even did it without resting going into the meet."
Coffman, a fifth-year senior from Sierra High, is an eight-time national champ and the NAIA record holder in the 50 and 100 free and 100 back. She has already qualified for the Olympic Trials in Omaha this June.
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The Sunbirds, with 531 points, are third going into the final day of the four-day PCSC meet. UC San Diego leads with 1,191.5 points.
Other highlights for the Sunbirds included a victory by sophomore Paul Marie-Rose in the 200 freestyle. His time of 1:37.48 set a conference record. The Fresno Pacific men are currently in fourth with 745 points. UCSD leads the field with 1,160 points.
Sunbirds win with help of pitcher's big night
Chris Herrera pitched seven no-hit innings and NAIA No. 17 Fresno Pacific beat San Francisco State 6-1.
Herrera (2-0) -- who struck out 10, walked three and hit a batter -- threw 108 pitches before exiting and reliever Ryan Cheek allowed a hit leading off the eighth. Michael Vaughn homered and drove in four for the Sunbirds (6-2).
Sunbirds host Coaches vs. Cancer hoops games
Fresno Pacific will take part in the Coaches vs. Cancer effort today, with its basketball staff wearing sneakers as part of the national push to raise prevention and treatment awareness.
The Sunbirds host San Diego Christian at the Special Events Center, with the women playing at 2:30 p.m. and the men at 4:30 p.m.
Donations will be taken, with proceeds going to the Children's Hospital Central California oncology clinic's fund to provide wigs for children with cancer.
Fresno City rallies late for baseball triumph
Fresno City College, down 2-1 after seven, scored three runs in each of the last two innings to beat host Riverside 7-3 in a nonconference baseball game.
Bryce Barger's two-run double broke a 2-2 tie. Jimmy Brager went 2 1/3 innings for the victory for the NorCal 11th-ranked Rams (3-2) after Drew Merlo went 6 2/3 innings. SoCal No. 9 Riverside is 1-3.
COS stays unbeaten
Four pitchers combined on a six-hitter and Alex Giltmier drove in three runs with a bases-loaded double in the third as NorCal No. 15-ranked College of the Sequoias moved to 4-0 with a 6-1 win over Golden West College at the COS tourney.
Leland Tilley pitched one-hit ball over the first five innings to get the victory. Golden West fell to 1-4.
Reedley edged by Marin
Reedley allowed six runs in the eighth and lost 8-6 to visiting Marin in a COS Tournament game. Jonathan Rodriguez went 2 for 5 as the Tigers fell to 1-3.
Porterville shut out by Cuesta
Cuesta's David Murillo pitched a no-hitter into the eighth as the host Cougars beat Porterville 13-0 in a nonconference game. Mitchel Villarreal's one-out single ended the no-hit bid. Two relievers finished up the one-hitter for Cuesta (2-3). Porterville is 1-4.
Rams fall in softball
Fresno City's Vanessa Salinas struck out seven, but Sierra came away with a 3-2 win, powered by Ashley Olsen's home run.
Sierra improved to 5-1, while the Rams fell to 1-2. Alexis Ramirez scored a pair of runs for Fresno City.
Monsters extend streak
The Fresno Monsters won their 11th straight Western States Hockey League game, defeating the Long Beach Bombers 8-1.
Marc Haaf had two goals.
Reyburn girls repeat
Reyburn Intermediate's eighth-grade girls basketball team (11-1) won the Clovis Area League, repeating the title and record it produced as seventh-graders.
The roster: Jenna Aoki, Kenica Cooper, Mercedes Fernandez, Brooke Holland, Daliyah Mathews, Isabel Morales, Isabella Naranjo, Maisey Sanchez, Taytum Still, Bailey Uphoff, Destiny Vang, Lillian Vang and Katherine Wink.