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PCC Swim Teams Earn Split In SCC Home Double-Dual Meet

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The Pasadena City College men's swim team got an early dose of pressure performing, just missing out on a sweep, and settling for a split in a PCC-hosted, South Coast Conference double dual meet Friday at the Aquatic Center.

The Lancers (1-1) defeated El Camino College, 187-75, and held a five-point lead over Mt. San Antonio going into the meet's final event--the 400-yard freestyle relay. Unfortunately for PCC, the Mounties scored that victory and overtook the Lancers, 140-131.

Sophomore Sharif Alaoui, the state individual champion last year in the 200-freestyle, grabbed first place finishes in the 200 (1:46.64) and 200-backstroke (2:02.31). He also just missed out on three event wins, taking second place in the 200-butterfly. His time of 1:59.92 was just .28 of a second slower than the winner. Making that feat all the more remarkable was he raced after just a six-minute rest following the 200-free win.

Freshman Cario Liu (from Temple City High) is off to a roaring start with his three event victories, taking first in the 100-backstroke (56.77), 100-freestyle (48.13) and 200 individual medley (1:58.52).

Sophomore Baldwin Ngai recorded wins in the 100- and 200-breaststroke events with respective times of 1:00.4 and 2:10.44. Another letterman swimmer Tabrek Seyssel captured the 100-butterfly (53.83) and was second in the 50-frestyle (22.33).

Freshman Scott Wong finished with a second in the 100-breaststroke (1:06) and took third in the 200-breaststroke (2:24.93). Sophomore Andrew Genova took second in the 1,000-freestyle (10:45.16) and 500-freestyle (5:12.77).

"For an early season meet, we turned in some very respectable times," said PCC Head Coach Terry Stoddard. "At the end, Mt. SAC had a little more depth. The most important thing is the team knows what it can do to set up for a future meet victory."

WARDEN, VELASQUEZ LEAD WOMEN'S TEAM TO SPLIT

Freshman Julia Warden (Crescenta Valley High) led the PCC sprint specialists as the Lancers beat El Camino, 161-91, and lost to Mt. SAC, 167-92.

Warden won the 50-backstroke (31.92) and 50-freestyle (26.33). She was second in the 100-backstroke (1:06.54). Another newcomer Mikela Velasquez (Burroughs High, Burbank) captured a pair of victories in the 50- and 100-breaststroke. She swam a 33.97 in the 50 and 1:14.64 in the 100. Velasquez also took second in the 100-freestyle, missing first place by a 0.02 of a second at 56.65.

Distance swimmer Courtney Jensen swam career best times to place second in the 500-freestyle (5:47.80) and 1,000-freestyle (11:51.62). Sophomore Briana Estrada was second in the 100-backstroke (1:08.91) and had third places in both the 200-freestyle and 50-butterfly.

Letterman Darly Htike was third in the 50- and 100-backstroke.

The Pasadena swim teams will be in action again Mar. 10-11 at the Diablo Valley Invitational.

[Photo--Lancer Cario Liu (white cap) swims to one of his three victories in a SCC double dual meet at the Aquatic Center, image by Richard Quinton.]

Release Date: 03/06/11
Robert Lewis, Sports Information
Phone: 626-585-7018, Email: rmlewis@pasadena.edu