Dani Wheeler’s younger sister, Chaselyn, claimed a spot on the records board at Citrus Valley High’s swim complex.
When the quarantine is lifted, Chaselyn’s early-season 5:27.69 in the 500-yard freestyle will likely be added in place of Paulina Calderon. It was Calderon who set the record, 5:36, seven years ago.
Both Wheeler girls were freshmen in 2019-20.
Except that Dani Wheeler was a freshman at Nebraska Wesleyan College ⎯ “A (NCAA) Division III college,” she said ⎯ where she cracked into her school’s record books on her own.
She now owns the school’s 200-yard butterfly, 2:24.07, which was set in the Liberal Arts Conference championships at Elsah College in Principia, Ill.; she took eighth overall in the race.
Chaselyn, meanwhile, watched her spring season get shut down by quarantine from coronavirus concerns.
Her coach, Jesse O’Donnell, confirmed the record last weekend.
Dani’s season was held during the winter months, weeks before the shutdown took place.
Footnote: Greg Fleming, who launched Nebraska Wesleyan’s inaugural swim program in 2013, will retire as that school’s head men’s and women’s coach. Considered a swimming legend in the heartland area, Fleming didn’t have to lure Dani Wheeler to the Lincoln, Neb. campus.
“I have family in Nebraska,” said Wheeler, “who introduced the school to me and it turned out to be a perfect fit.”
She was one of five freshmen this season on a 10-woman squad.
Montre Moore, a key contributor on some San Gorgonio teams, used San Bernardino Valley College (58 tackles, five QB sacks) as a steppingstone to NCAA Division II Missouri Southern State.
Another SBVC teammate, Trey Edwards, is also headed for Joplin, Mo.
Moore dates back to his senior season at San G in 2016 when the Spartans won a CIF Division 9 championship, reached the state finals while the safety racked up 109 hits for an 11-4 San G squad.
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Briar Cliff College in Sioux City, Iowa will be the college football stop for San Gorgonio senior Ronald Williams, who spent most of his time on the Spartans’ defense ⎯ 59 total tackles off a 9-3 squad.
One year before, when the Spartans claimed a CIF-Southern Section championship, Williams played limited games (seven) due to injuries.
Briar Cliff, playing in the NAIA-based Great Plains Athletic Conference, finished 5-6 overall last season, losing four of its last five games.
Last season, junior DT Robert Robinson was the first-ever Charger to make NAIA All-American.
Southpaw pitcher Tyler Penix, who took off from Citrus Valley High to Cal State San Bernardino by way of San Bernardino Valley College, was the Coyotes’ lone selection to this year’s All-CCAA squad.
The California Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) released its all-conference team last month, though prematurely due to the COVID-19 cancellations.
Six other Coyotes were nominated, but Penix was picked in a largely talented collection of CCAA players from a dozen campuses.
Penix, a 5-foot-9-inch senior, was a two-time all-conference player at SBVC after a prep career in which he was Blackhawks’ team MVP.
His 2-1 record over the shortened season included a crisp 2.17 ERA in nearly 38 innings (35 strikeouts) while beating Biola and Chico State on the road ⎯ two very good teams.
Right fielder Kaylee Williamson and first baseman Haley Finn, third and eighth in the CCAA batting chase this past season, won spots on the conference All-Star team for 2020.
The Cal State San Bernardino duo ⎯ Finn, a senior, and Williamson, a junior ⎯ were attacking the ball in the Lady Coyotes’ lineup this past season.
Williamson was hitting .415 with two HRs (12 RBIs, .493 on-base percentage, when the season was shut down early.
Finn, who was hitting .375 with a .518 on-base percentage, had 13 RBIs and seven doubles before Cal State could step on the field for its 24th game.
When the season concluded, the Lady Coyotes (12-11) were in full contention in the California Collegiate Athletic Association chase at 10-8.
WOMEN’S COLLEGE WATER POLO
Second-team Association of Collegiate Water Polo All-American honors went to senior Hunter Olivier, an attacker from the University of Redlands this past spring.
Scoring at least one goal in 10 of her team’s 14 games, Olivier racked up 20 goals and four assists, among other numbers
The Lady Bulldogs (4-9 overall) split their four conference matches.