2021-22 Swim & Dive News

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A record number of Chapman student-athletes earn SCIAC All-Academic

July 18, 2022

Chapman University student-athletes set a new school record with 281 individuals earning SCIAC All-Academic recognition. The 281 individuals to earn the annual academic recognition are 22 more than year’s record-breaking number. The SCIAC annually recognizes student-athletes who have been at their institution for at least one academic year and finished the school year with a 3.4 cumulative GPA or better.

Juliet Suess talks to a swimmer.
Juliet Suess selected to lead swim & dive programs

July 11, 2022

Chapman University Athletics has selected Juliet Suess as the next Head Coach of the men’s and women’s swimming & diving teams. Suess will officially begin on August 1 following the retirement of longtime head coach Dennis Ploessel.

Zach Waddell dives off the block.
Women third, men sixth to finish SCIAC Championships

February 19, 2022

The SCIAC Championships came to a close with the women’s team finishing 3rd and the men’s team taking 6th in the team standings. Two more school records were taken down as the Panthers surged to the finish.

The top three finishers on the podium for the 100 back.
Kluck, Crewe on the podium plus more records downed

February 18, 2022

Two Panthers reached the podium and three more school records fell on day three of the SCIAC Swimming Championships. The women’s team remains comfortable in third and the men’s team jumped up to seventh in the team standings.

The women's relay team stands with the coaches.
Podium finish, school record at second day of SCIAC Championships

February 17, 2022

A women’s relay made the podium and a men’s school record fell to highlight day two of the SCIAC Championships in La Mirada, Calif. The women’s team remains in third place and the men’s team in eighth after the second day.

Four swimmers smiling on the pool deck.
SCIAC Championships begin with school record

February 16, 2022

The women’s 200 medley relay team broke a school record to highlight the first day of the 2022 SCIAC Championships. The previous record was set just earlier this year.

The swim teams huddle together.
Swim teams head to SCIAC Championships this week

February 15, 2022

Championship season has arrived as the Chapman University swimming teams head to Splash! in La Mirada, Calif. for the 2022 SCIAC Swimming Championships. All nine schools will converge on the facility for the championship meet for the first time since February 2020.

Mckenzie Abbott flips off the diving board.
Two divers place at SCIAC Diving Championships

February 13, 2022

Mckenzie Abbott and Sydney Rabuchin finished in the top-9 as the Chapman University female divers wrapped up the SCIAC Diving Championships on the 1-meter board. Abbott duplicated her finish from yesterday, placing seventh to lead the Panthers.

Joey LaFontaine flips for a dive.
Divers complete day one of SCIAC Diving Championships

February 12, 2022

Three divers represented Chapman University at the SCIAC Diving Championships with Mckenzie Abbott and Joey LaFontaine each qualifying for finals.

Coaches Erik Sandvig and Dennis Ploessel laughing.
Ploessel announces retirement after 26 years

February 11, 2022

After more than a quarter century on the pool deck, Chapman University swimming & diving head coach Dennis Ploessel has announced that he will retire after the 2021-22 season. In 26 years at Chapman, Ploessel has overseen tremendous growth in the aquatics program at Chapman.

Avery Hall swimming the breaststroke.
Hall sprints to SCIAC weekly award

February 08, 2022

Freshman Avery Hall sprinted her way into SCIAC Swimmer of the Week honors in the Chapman swimming & diving team’s win over Occidental on Saturday.

Six senior swimmers holding flowers.
Swim seniors celebrate last dual with win over Oxy

February 05, 2022

The Chapman University swimming & diving teams swept Occidental in the final dual meet of the 2021-22 season. Chapman took event wins in 14-of-26 events. The Chapman women won the dual against the Tigers 134-100 and the men’s team won 103-82.

Male swimmers begin a backstroke race.
Swim & dive takes on Redlands in SCIAC dual

January 29, 2022

The Chapman University swimming & diving teams made the trip to the Inland Empire to take on Redlands in a SCIAC dual on Saturday. The Panthers pulled out three event wins but both the men’s and women’s teams fell to the Bulldogs.

Male swimmers dive off the blocks.
Swim & Dive teams split dual with Cal Lutheran

January 15, 2022

The Chapman University swimming and diving teams split a SCIAC dual meet with Cal Lutheran on Saturday at Allred Pool. The women’s team won 198-93 and the men’s team fell 180-84. The women’s team won eight of 14 swimming events.

McKenzie Abbott flips high in the air in the middle of a dive.
Abbott selected as SCIAC Diver of the Week

January 10, 2022

Sophomore McKenzie Abbott was named the SCIAC Diver of the Week after sweeping the diving events at La Verne on Saturday. She also posted NCAA qualifying marks on both boards.