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Tenth Pasadena Invitational Showcased Improved Times For PCC Swim
The Pasadena City College men's and women's swimming and diving teams continued their improvement with several season-best times/marks at the PCC-hosted 10th Pasadena Invitational held April 9-10 at the Aquatic Center.
The men's team placed fifth out of 14 teams participating with 288 points. The women ended up in eighth place out of 15 teams with 198 points. Orange Coast won both team titles for each gender.
In men's competition, Lancer freshman Baldwin Ngai took second place overall in the 200-yard breaststroke (2:08.66) and 100-breaststroke (1:00.34). Ngai was sixth in the 200 individual medley (2:02.01). PCC teammate Sharif Alaoui was just 0.44 of a second behind LA Valley winner Gary Authur in the 200-butterfly. Alaoui swam 1:57.77. Alauoi grabbed fourth in the 50-freestyle (21.77), fourth in the 100-backstroke (56.40), and was tied for fifth in the 100-freestyle (48.31).
Andrew Genova was third in the 1,650-freestyle, finishing the mile swim in 17:17.83. He also scored sixth in the 400 individual medley at 4:33.40. Enrique Flores, who won two of his heats, impressed PCC Head Coach Terry Stoddard with a season-best 4:37.26 (eighth) in the 400 individual medley (4:37.26).
For the PCC women, sophomore Cindy Huynh continues to shine with a third place mark in the 100 IM at 1:04.88. She was ninth in the 50-freestyle at 25.99, 10th in the 50-butterfly (28.89), and 11th in the 100-butterfly (1:04.63), and 12th in the 100-freestyle (57.31). Merry Sanders captured sixth in the 3-meter diving with a season-best 142.70 points. Shannon Adams scored 11th in three events--the 200 IM (2:28.13), 100 IM (1:07.07), and 1,650-freestyle (20:07.29).
Adams was given the meet's D-Woman Award for combined times in distance events.
"Some of the best swimmers in the state are at our invitational, so when we're getting our people into the upper places in events, we're talking about quality performances," Stoddard said. "Our men's team really stepped up here, not just the top guys. This is going to help us prepare for the SCC meet."
Sanders and men's diver Michael Garcia will take part in the SCC Diving Championships April 16-17 at El Camino College. The entire swim teams will be in action April 22-24 in the SCC Swimming Championships at Mt. San Antonio College.
[Photo--Enrique Flores in action swimming an event at the 10th Pasadena Invitational held April 9-10, image by Richard Quinton.]
Release Date: 04/13/10