Team Information

Location: Camarillo, California

Established: 2002

Enrollment: 7,000

Mascots: Ekho the Dolphin

California State University Channel Islands is again fielding two teams in the 2024 Winter Classic. The CSUCI High Performance Dolphins Deluxe team took home the championship trophy in the 2023 Winter Classic. The big question is whether one of the two Channel Islands teams will make a serious run at the 2024 championship. Time will tell.

The High Performance Dolphins this year has more of a mix of student majors than the computer science heavy CSUCI A team. While the HP Dolphins do have three computer science majors, they also sport a Mecatronics  Engineering student, plus a Applied Physics major. Three of the five members are juniors, along with one senior and a master’s student. One student, Berkhan, has had previous experience in the Winter Classic, which could be very helpful.

As we noted in the CSUCI A team profile, the Channel Islands Winter Classic teams have typically been fun and a high spirited. But we’ve always seen one team significantly out perform the other in these competitions, will that be the case again in 2024 or will we see a closer battler for campus cluster dominance?

2024 Team B Roster:

  • Taylor Mack
  • Sarthak Musmade
  • Grace Reilly
  • Seth Curtin
  • Berkhan Berkdemir

Faculty Advisor/Coach:  Dr. Scott Feister

2023 Channel Islands:  Team High Performance Dolphins Deluxe

  • Bennett Rousseau
  • Berkhan Berkdemir
  • Harrison Power
  • Lars Haavaldsen

Team Faculty Advisor/Coach:  Dr. Scott Feister

Channel Islands Dolphins team

Berkhan Berkdemir:  "I'm Berkhan Berkdemir and I am a computer science undergraduate student in California State University, Channel Islands. I am originally from Turkey but I have been studying computer science in both Santa Monica Collage and California State University, Channel Islands since 2017. I am interested in the high performance computing for the academic research."

Lars Haavaldsen:  "I am a Computer Science and Cybersecurity student in my Junior year at CSUCI, and I also work for CSUCI’s ITS Solution Center. Outside of school I love being outside, hiking, biking, running or backpacking, I love it all! I also make music and recently have been building a modular synthesizer!"

Harrison Power:  "My name is Harrison Power and I am a Computer Science Major at CSU Channel Islands. I’m originally from Hawaii but I’ve been living in California for about the last 10 years. When I’m not geeking out over computers, I like to practice Muay Thai, ride my motorcycle, and write."

Bennett Rousseau:  "I am a senior mechatronics student at CSUCI. Most of my experience has been related to robotics but I do have an interest in high performance computing."