Colleges roundup: Swimmers are Fresno Pacific’s first NCAA All-Americans

Maxim Shcherbakov, Daria Belova, Duston Gragg and the men’s 400-yard medley relay team made Fresno Pacific history this weekend by becoming the school’s first NCAA Division II All-Americans during the national swimming and diving championships in Indianapolis.

Shcherbakov, a sophomore from Russia, placed third in two events, lowering his own school record in the 200 breaststroke to 1 minute, 54.37 seconds and completing the 100 breaststroke in 52.95.

Gragg, a junior out of El Diamante High and College of the Sequoias, was third in 3-meter diving.

Belova, also a sophomore from Russia, finished fourth in the women’s 200 breaststroke in 2:15.00 and sixth in the 100 fly in 54.54.

Shcherbakov and medley relay teammates Luka Barisic, Wesley Coles and Austin Hussain placed sixth in 3:16.05.

The Sunbirds’ men finished with 97 points for 14th overall and the women had 40 for 22nd.

Queens University of Charlotte, N.C., swept the men’s and women’s team titles with 449 and 567 points.

High jump runner-up – Former Buchanan High star and Air Force junior Taylor Smith leaped to a second-place finish in the men’s high jump at the NCAA Division I Indoor Track and Field Championships on Friday in Birmingham, Ala.

Smith was perfect through the first two heights, clearing 6-11 3/4 and 7-1 3/4 .

At the third height, a would-be career-high of 7-3 3/4 , Smith missed all three tries. Texas Tech’s Trey Culver cleared the bar on his final attempt to win the title.

Smith became the Falcons’ first high jumper in program history to earn All-American honors.

JC baseball – Fresno City College has won five straight since losing its Central Valley Conference opener. The Rams beat West Hills-Coalinga 3-1 on Saturday at Keith Scrivner Field, their third win over the Falcons (2-16, 2-7) in the last five days.

Starting pitcher J.J. Santa Cruz gave up one earned run and four hits while striking out eight across 6 2/3 innings for the Rams (9-6, 5-1). Matt Walker finished for his second save, giving up one hit and striking out three.

Michael Beltran was 3 for 5 with two doubles and scored two runs. Alante Uribe drove in the Falcons’ only run on an RBI single.

Elsewhere in the CVC, Reedley (13-6, 7-2) beat Taft 6-3 in 13 innings and Merced beat Sequoias 10-1.