Cantrell Breaks School-Record in Win

NEW LONDON, CONN.--(1/28/12)--Head Coach John Westkott picked up his 150th career win as both the men's and women's team beat Clark to celebrate Senior Day.

The women's team beat Clark 134-108 to improve to 5-7 on the season. Westkott has 102 wins with the men's program and 48 as head coach of the women's team.

Freshman Sara Cantrell broke her won school-record on the three-meter board with a score of 247.5.

Clark senior All-American Eileen Garcia broke the pool records on both the one-meter (288.65) and the three-meter boards (318.10) for the Cougars.

Senior Heidi Gayman won both the 100 freestyle (55.65) and the 200 freestyle (1:59.15) while classmate Sarah Jane Otey won the 500 freestyle (5:34.13) and the 1,000 freestyle (11:12.96) to lead the Bears past Clark.

Also for the Bears, freshman Caitlyn Gever won the 50 freestyle (25.54), sophomore Chantel Ferguson won the 200 IM (2:18.42), junior Terri Jozsa won the 200 breaststroke (2:34.37) and the Bears 200 medley relay team of Gever, Jozsa, senior Jordan Mestemaker and freshman Darlene Sao won with a time of 1:57.02.

Five seniors competed in the last home meet of their career, below is a little something about each one.

Christa Funk is one of the captains for the women from Grand Junction, CO. Christa has been selected as the Team most Improved as a sophomore. She has been a consolation finalist in distance freestyle events and on the 800 free relay. Christa earned her way onto the Board of Trustees list with excellence in academics, physical fitness and military performance in the fall of 2011. This is the top 1% of all cadets. Christa has earned multiple blue stars, gold stars and silver stars for excellence. Christa completed an internship at the NOAA prediction center this past summer.

Heidi Gayman is also from San Rafael, CA and has been one of the most successful women swimmers in CGA history. She is a two-time NEWMAC champion, and multiple time runner-up. She has qualified for NCAA competition as an individual and a relay swimmer in each of her first three seasons. She holds the 100 free school record and is a part of 4 more relay records. Heidi is a Management major and has earned blue stars for excellence on the Physical Fitness Evaluation. This summer she was Hotel Company commander.

Jordan Mestemaker is a captain and Marine and Environmental Science major for Granville, OH. She has been the Most Improved Athlete the past two seasons, and has moved into representing CGA in breaststroke and IM events in the championship and consolation finalist heats at NEWMAC champs each of the past two seasons. Jordan was the Alpha company commander this summer and has earned a sliver star for military excellence. She has also earned 5 gold stars for academic excellence and 3 blue stars for athletic excellence. Jordan has been recognized by the Red Cross for organizing blood drives held on Academy grounds.

Sarah Jane Otey is a senior Marine and Environmental Science major from Billings, MT. SJ has earned a gold star for each semester she has been at the Academy and has earned multiple 4.0 gpa's. Sarah Jane has been an NCAA qualifier on relays and as an individual in each of her first three seasons at the Academy. She has been an Academic All-America as well. SJ has either been in the championship final or consolation final in every event each season. Sarah Jane was also selected as an All-America rower this past spring. Sarah Jane went on a sabbatical to Peru after her 3/c summer living with a host family and working at a local clinic offering inoculations to the local populace and serving as a first responder. Sarah Jane was the community service department head last semester.

Jenilee Williams is a Marine Science major from Hamilton, NJ. Jenilee has been a mainstay in the backstroke and Individual Medley events and has been a key lead off leg for medley relays. She has been active within the corps of cadets serving as a peer counselor providing guidance for other members of the corps. Jenilee has earned the regimental commander's bronze star for academic performance attributed to her diligence in study.

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