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PCC Swimmer Sharif Alaoui Earns State Title In 200 Freestyle
Freshman Sharif Alaoui became the fourth state individual champion in the past four seasons from the Pasadena City College men's swim team with his victory in the 200-yard freestyle Friday during the CCCAA State Championships held at Mt. San Antonio College.
Alaoui joined a long list of PCC swimmers in school history with his state title swim of 1:41.44, more than a second ahead of second place finisher Chris Pipes of Merced. Alaoui trailed early in the race, but his last two 50-yard legs were faster than the rest of the field in both splits.
The PCC current streak of champions started In 2007 as Nick Lao won the 50-freestyle and Keisuke Yagi the 200-breaststroke state titles. In 2008, Yagi captured the 100-breaststroke, and last year, Tai Nuntapramote won the 200-butterfly. All four swimmers were South Coast Conference Swimmers of the Year.
Lancers' freshman Baldwin Ngai won the consolation heat (placing 9th overall) of the 100-yard breaststroke with a time of 59.78.
The Lancers had 41 team points (21st place) going into today's final day of the CCCAA Championships.
[Photo--Sharif Alaoui is all smiles moments after winning the state's 200-freestyle title at the CCCAA Championships held at Mt. San Antonio College in Walnut, image by Richard Quinton.]
Release Date: 05/01/10