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Vaqueros post best finish in State Supremacy

The women's soccer team made a stirring run in the Southern Cal Regional, winning 4 straight games (3 on the road) to reach the state semifinals vs. Diablo Valley. (Photo by Ken Sciallo / Sevilla Photography)
The women's soccer team made a stirring run in the Southern Cal Regional, winning 4 straight games (3 on the road) to reach the state semifinals vs. Diablo Valley. (Photo by Ken Sciallo / Sevilla Photography)

Powered by four women's teams making the State Final Four, SBCC earned its highest finish in the 2016-17 National Alliance of Two-Year College Athletic Administrators state supremacy standings.

The Vaqueros tied Modesto for 15th with 91.0 points. SBCC tied the 2013-14 Vaqueros for the highest finish in school history. Santa Barbara has been in the top 20 in the last four years of the NATYCAA Cup, taking 15th, 16th, 20th and 15th.

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"Our entire athletic staff is committed to a student-centered approach to excellence and this year's NATYCAA standings confirm that commitment," said athletic director Ellen O'Connor. 

Mt. San Antonio won its fifth consecutive State Supremacy title with 166 points. Riverside was second with 155.5, followed by Sierra (139), San Joaquin Delta (124.5) and Orange Coast (123). Ventura was ninth with 108.5 points in the competition that featured 86 schools.

The Vaqueros were ninth in Southern California.

The CCCAA NATYCAA Cup is an all-sports competition with colleges awarded points based on their teams' final positions in post-conference competition. Points are tabulated throughout the year with the final standings using the top five finishes from each school's men's and women's teams.

The Vaqueros had their finest fall sports season ever with women's golf and women's water polo finishing second in the state (19 points each) and women's soccer tying for third (17.5 points). Men's cross country placed 15th.

In the spring, women's swimming & diving took fourth in the state (17 points), women's track & field was 14th and men's golf finished 15th.

SBCC had two state individual champions in Carolin Chang, who won her second straight CCCAA women's golf title, and Gina Jacobson, who captured the 1-meter diving title in the first year of diving for the Vaqueros.

"In addition to outstanding team and individual competitive performances, 12 of our 19 teams were nominated for Scholar-Team awards and 94 student-athletes graduated with 96% transferring to four-year institutions (many with athletic scholarships)," noted O'Connor. "We are thrilled to see our student-athletes achieve their goals and we are eager to continue to improve upon our past success."