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Tolman is Cal Baptist’s first swim champion

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Tolman is Cal Baptist’s first swim champion

Scott Tolman

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POSTED March 22, 2018 1:18 a.m.

Scott Tolman is still making history, but now at a different school.

The 2016 Sierra High graduate capped his sterling sophomore campaign with Cal Baptist University on Saturday by winning the 200-yard breaststroke in the NCAA Division II Swimming and Championships held at Greensboro Aquatic Center in North Carolina.

Tolman is the first national champion for Cal Baptist, and the men’s team ended the four-day meet as the runner-up with 307 points. It’s the Lancers’ best-ever finish, besting their 10th-place effort in 2015. Queens University of Charlotte captured took first with 558 points, and both of the Royals’ men’s and women’s teams rolled to their fourth straight team titles.

Tolman and the Lancers have left their mark in their final season in at the Division II level. Next year they’ll begin competition with the Division I Western Athletic Conference. 

Tolman racked up several All-American honors but saved his best performance for last. Seeded third going into his favorite event, Tolman shattered the school’s 200 breast record in the preliminary heat in 1 minute, 55.09 seconds before out-touching Florida Southern’s Luke Jasso in the finals with an even faster time of 1:54.26.

It was a busy four days for the Manteca product, who ended as one of his team’s top point producers.

He started last Wednesday, March 14, narrowly missing a spot in the 200 individual medley final with a ninth-place finish (1:48.37) to earn All-American honorable mention and a new personal record. He also helped the 200 medley relay place fifth with a new school record time of 1:28.06, and it marked the first time the Lancers have cracked the top eight in the event.

On March 15, he was part of two program-record swims in the 400 medley relay, which wound up sixth in 3:13.64. Individually, Tolman qualified for the 400 IM consolation final and took 13th in 3:56.37.

He continued his tear Friday in the 100 breast, turning in a season-best 53.30-second swim for fourth place.

Earlier in the season, Tolman helped the Lancers capture their second Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference title in three years while defending his title in the 200 breast. He was named RMAC Freshman of the Year in 2017.

Tolman left Sierra as the city’s most accomplished swimmer. He set a frosh-soph record in the Sac-Joaquin Section 100 breaststroke. He won the varsity 100 breast as a senior, took second in the CIF State Championships in the event to go with a fourth-place finish in the 200 IM. Tolman also qualified and competed in the U.S. Olympic Swim Team Trials that year.

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