TOP-10 STORIES OF 2016 Chapman Athletics top-10 stories of the year

Mitch Bouldin places second in the long jump to become first Panther to make the podium at the SCIAC Championship in men's track & field.

Bouldin set a personal-best with a leap of 6.95 meters (22-feet, 9.75-inches) to reach the podium. He held the lead through the first four rounds until Cam Van jumped just two inches further in the fifth round. Bouldin made school history by reaching the podium and continued to lead the Panthers at the championship meet with a seventh-place finish in the 100-meter dash on day two.

The Chapman basketball teams combined for 5 of the 8 major SCIAC awards after both had fantastic seasons.

Chapman dominated the SCIAC basketball season in the winter of 2016 with the men taking first (SPOILER ALERT: more on this later) and the women taking second. When the postseason awards came out, it came as no surprise that it was Chapman that took home most of the hardware. Both men's basketball head coach Mike Bokosky and women's basketball head coach Carol Jue were named SCIAC Coaches of the Year. Cam Haslam began his lengthy award season with Athlete of the Year honors. Katelyn Serizawa was the SCIAC Newcomer of the Year for women's basketball and Natalia Ebrahimian won the Ed Baldwin Award.

Ryan Onart's bicylce kick goal against Whittier lands at #6 on SportsCenter's top-10 on October 8. Check it out below!

In a 5-0 drubbing of Whittier on October 8, freshman Ryan Onart made a spectacular play to highlight the blowout. Grant Fremmerlid headed Daniel Mallikyar's corner kick to the top of the box for Onart, who completed the sequence with the highlight reel play. “It was pretty surreal. I didn’t even know how to celebrate,” Onart recalled. “I was like, ‘Wow! That just happened!’ I kind of surprised myself.”

Women's lacrosse earns program's first-ever bid to NCAA Tournament.

In just its fourth season as a varsity sport, head coach Dan Kirkpatrick and a strong senior class led the Panthers to their first-ever bid into the NCAA Tournament. After narrowly missing out on a SCIAC title, the Panthers were selected for an at-large bid and headed back to Pomona-Pitzer (the site of the SCIAC championship match) for the first round of the national tournament. Chapman ultimately fell to the Sagehens but made program history as the freshmen on Chapman's infant lacrosse team turned the program into a playoff contender by their senior year.

Marco Saglimbeni finishes his career as a two-time CoSIDA Academic All-American and NSCAA Scholar All-American.

Senior Marco Saglimbeni certainly left a legacy on the Chapman's men's soccer program. He became the program's first-ever Academic All-American and just the sixth Panther to earn the distinction twice. Chapman's fifth all-time leading scorer has a long list of awards with 29 career goals and a near-perfect 3.95 GPA as a biological sciences major.

Special Recognition

Before we get in to the top-5, we give a special recognition to the Chapman baseball team signing five year-old Carter Ankeny to the squad. Carter is battling cancer and joined the Panthers through a partnership with Team Impact. Carter proved to be an invaluable teammate on the bench last year, pushing the squad in practice and willing the Panthers to multiple late comeback wins over the year.

Men's basketball wins SCIAC regular season and tournament titles

The Panthers went 12-4 over the SCIAC season to clinch the top-seed in the SCIAC Tournament and took care of business at home. With the title sweep, the Panthers clinched a spot in the NCAA Tournament for the fourth time in the last seven years. An exciting title game ended with freshman phenom Cam Haslam sinking a pair of free throws with two seconds left to give the Panthers the 71-69 win.


Kristin Kleinow makes 10 saves in the SCIAC semifinal and stops all five penalty kicks in the shootout to send Chapman to the SCIAC title match in an upset of Pomona-Pitzer.

One of her 10 mind-blogging saves and all five shootout saves are pictured above. Chapman's career save leader earned her own hashtag (#KleiNO) with this big-time performance.
Freshman diver Kellyn Toole sweeps the diving events at the SCIAC Swimming & Diving Championship.

Freshman Kellyn Toole burst on to the scene in 2016, breaking Chapman records and dominating the SCIAC. Toole won the SCIAC title on the 1-meter board to start off the meet and finished the championship event with a win on the 3-meter board. Her wins helped propel Chapman to a fourth-place finish in the SCIAC, its highest-ever finish.

Men's soccer earns at-large bid and first round win in NCAA Tournament

The men's soccer team was selected for an at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament for the first time in five years, which was cause for some celebration.

The Panthers did not waste the opportunity with a 1-0 first round win over UT-Dallas. Elliott Braund scored an early goal and Sean Augustine turned away a penalty kick to get the win. It was the Panthers first NCAA Tournament win since 1998.


Cam Haslam's National Rookie of the Year award from D3hoops. It was the icing on the cake of possibly the best freshman season in Chapman history. Haslam's impressive rookie year turned more than a few heads with big performances, eye-popping numbers, and award after award. His big-time performances started before the 2016 calendar year when he dropped 40 points during one of Chapman's games in Hawaii in November 2015, becoming just the seventh Panther to do so. He was just scratching the surface of what proved to be a special season.

19.5 points per game led all Division III freshmen and ranked 7th in Chapman history

13 games with 20 or more points

Three games with 30 or more points

467 total points ranks fifth in school history

Sunk two game-winning free throws with 2.4 seconds left in SCIAC title game

4-time SCIAC Athlete of the Week

SCIAC Athlete of the Year

NABC All-District First Team

All-Region Second Team, West Region Rookie of the Year

Only All-Region freshman in Division III

D3hoops National Rookie of the Year

Well, there you have it Chapman fans. Our top-10 stories of the year certainly don't tell the whole story or even come close to capturing every achievement of Chapman's phenomenal coaches and student-athletes. Make sure to follow the Panthers on online and on social media @ChapmanSports to watch all of 2017's top stories, moments and achievements unfold.

Happy New Year Panther fans! #weCUpanthers


Action photos by Larry Newman

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