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A New Sharif In Town: Men's Swimmer Alaoui Captures 3 Events In SCC Meet

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Freshman Sharif Alauoi highlighted the Pasadena City College men's swimming and diving team's performance Friday with three individual event victories in a South Coast Conference double dual meet against Long Beach City and Rio Hondo Colleges at PCC's Aquatic Center.

The Lancers split the team competition, downing Rio Hondo, 84-44, and losing to Long Beach, 88-43. PCC is 5-4 in overall duals and 4-3 in SCC meets as they prepare for the conference  championships later this month.

Alaoui, from Crescenta Valley High, opened the meet with a first place in the 200-yard freestyle with a time of 1:47.34. He later dominated the 200-butterfly at 2:00.70, almost nine seconds faster than the next finisher. He stormed to his trifecta with a 48.52 mark to win the 100-freestyle.

Andrew Genova (Gabrielino High) turned in the Lancers only other event win by winning the 1,000-freestyle at 10:35.89.

"Sharif is putting up times that should advance him to state," said PCC Head Coach Terry Stoddard. "He's a talented swimmer and one of the better freestylers I've coached here."

In the women's competition, the Lancers also split, beating Rio Hondo, 120-11, and falling to LBCC, 72-59. PCC is 3-4 in conference duals and 4-5 overall this season.

Cindy Huynh was dynamic at the meet, winning three events, including a spectacular finish in the 50-butterfly. Huynh edged LBCC's Morganne Schade by the closest of margins, 28.95 to 28.96. The sophomore (from Arcadia High) also captured the 100-butterfly (1:04.48) and the 100 individual medley victory with a time of 1:06.13.

Also for the Lancers, Meaghan York (Crescenta Valley HS) was a surprise winner in the 500-freestyle at 5:48.51. Shannon Adams, who took second place in that race, won by 20 seconds in the 1,000-freestyle at 12:00.23. Diver Merry Sanders took first in the combined 1- and 3-meter event with 138.5 points, just beating LBCC's Hollie Mickelson (137.1).

"Cindy used home-pool advantage in the 50 butterfly," Stoddard said. "When you have a race that close, knowing the pool and the wall is so important. She has emerged as one of the top swimmers in the conference. Meaghan has come out of nowhere to excel in the 500 free. She swam a fantastic race, 12 seconds faster than her last attempt."

PCC participates in today's Citrus College Invitational meet, then will host the annual Pasadena Invitational April 9-10 at the Aquatic Center.

[Photo--Lancer Sharif Alaoui (white cap) dives in to start his victory in the 100-yard freestyle in a double dual meet at PCC's Aquatic Center Friday, image by Richard Quinton.]

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