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Club Sports Highlights

Members of the CSULB Paintball team

The 2012 Champion paintball team. Photo by Brett Oakes

Paintball Team Captures National Championship

Sometimes, the third time is a charm.

For the CSULB paintball team, it was certainly true as it captured the 2012 National Collegiate Paintball Association (NCPA) Class A Division Championship in Lakeland, Fla., following back-to-back years of finishing second.

CSULB defeated the University of Nebraska at Omaha in the championship game by a score of 8-4. In its preliminary games, CSULB beat teams from Ohio, Connecticut, West Point, Maryland and Liberty to advance into the title game.

“I think winning the championship was a realistic goal for our team from the very beginning of the season,” said team president Erik Muto. “Every year our club has become more and more legitimate, and this year we worked really hard having 6 a.m. workouts twice a week to get our players physically conditioned. We had a lot of club meetings and practiced way more than we had before, which made us more cohesive as a group. So, we knew going into the tournament that we definitely were going to win this.”

Completing its fifth year in existence, CSULB’s paintball squad became the first West Coast school to ever win the national title and is favored to repeat in 2013. During the club’s inaugural season in 2008, it won the 2008 NCPA Class AA Division title.

Fishing Team Hooks Western Championship

CSULB Fishing Team members Alex Cox and Justin Gangel holding up fish

CSULB Fishing Team members Alex Cox, left, and Justin Gangel captured the National Guard FLW College Fishing Western Conference Championship. Photo courtesy of Justin Gangel.

CSULB Fishing Team members Alex Cox, left, and Justin Gangel captured the National Guard FLW College Fishing Western Conference Championship, held Aug. 30-Sept. 1 on Utah Lake in Provo, Utah. Their three-day total of 14 bass totaling 21 pounds, 8 ounces was good enough to take the competition and win the team a Ranger Z117 bass boat with their choice of a 90-horsepower Evinrude or Mercury outboard engine and a berth in the national championship tournament next April. This is the third year the Long Beach State team has competed as a club sport. Photo courtesy of Justin Gangel.

Beach Sailing Makes National Semifinals in Inaugural Year

In its first year of competition after a 25-year hiatus, the CSULB Sailing Team succeeded in advancing to the Intercollegiate Sailing Association’s national semifinals at the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Md., in May.

Beach Sailing competes in the Pacific Coast Collegiate Sailing Conference and earned third place in its 2012 Dinghy Championship Regatta to qualify for the national semifinal.