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Basketball, swim and dive wrap up half of season

Interterm has come and gone at Chapman and the Panthers have enjoyed a nice month athletically both on the court and in the water.

Chapman’s basketball and swimming and diving teams will close out their seasons over the next month, after having mixed levels of success during the month of January.

Basketball

The men’s basketball team began conference play in the month of January and went 6-2 to put them atop the Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference standings. The Panthers’ overall record sits at 12-4 as they have won nine of their last 11 games overall.

Freshman guard Cam Haslam has led the way for the men’s team. The Seattle, Washington native is averaging 20.8 points per game, which leads all freshman scorers in the nation. He has been named the conference’s Male Athlete of the Week three times, setting a Chapman record for most times earning the honor in one season.

Haslam has scored in double figures in all but three games this season and has scored as many as 40 points in a game against BYU-Hawaii on Nov. 28.

Before a 62-61 win over Redlands on Wednesday night when Haslam only scored nine points, he had scored 37, 30 and 24 points in his previous three games, giving him an average of 30.3 points in that time span.

The women’s basketball team has matched the success of the men, competing in eight conference games in the month of January, going 7-1, putting its conference record at 7-2.

Chapman ranks third in conference behind Claremont-Mudd-Scripps (9-0). Overall, Chapman has won 10 of its last 11 games to put its record at 12-6.

The men’s team has also received strong play from sophomore forward James Taylor. He ranks second on the team averaging 13.1 points per game and leads the team averaging 6.1 rebounds a night. Taylor also leads the conference in field goal percentage, shooting at an efficient 61.3 percent rate.

The women’s team has spread the wealth a bit more than the men, as the team has four players averaging double figures in points, led by junior guard Megan Charles who averages 14.2 points per game, which ranks her third in conference.

This effort is largely spearheaded by freshman guard Katelyn Serizawa leading the league in assists at 4.7 per game.

Both teams play the University of La Verne at home this upcoming week, with the men’s game Feb. 1 at 7:30 p.m. and the women’s Feb. 4 at 7:30 p.m. in the Hutton Sports Center.

Swimming and Diving

The Chapman men and women’s swimming and diving teams are also in the middle of their seasons.

Freshman Connor Broughton has been a bright spot for the men’s team as he has broken the school record in the 400 IM with a time of 4:15.94.

In their most recent meet, the women defeated the California Institute of Technology 161-43, but fell to La Verne 125-105. Broughton was the star for the men’s team on Saturday, with the Panthers falling to La Verne 251-184 and Caltech 135-86.

Broughton placed first in both the 400 IM with his record-breaking time and the 1650 freestyle where he blew the competition out of the water finishing with a time of 16:44.30.

Chapman’s next meet will be at the University of Redlands on Feb. 6 in a double dual meet with Redlands and Occidental College at 11 a.m.

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