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Men's Swimmers Sweep Double-Dual v. Cerritos, LATT
The Pasadena City College men's swim team scored South Coast Conference victories over host Cerritos College, 142-117, and Los Angeles Trade Tech, 176-70, Friday in a double-dual meet. The Lancers upped their mark to 3-1 in conference meets.
Sophomore Baldwin Ngai highlighted the day with his victory in the 200-yard breaststroke. Ngai defeated last year's state champion in the event, Cerritos' PJ Gabayeron, leading from start to finish on a career-best time of 2:08.33. Ngai took second in the 100-breaststroke and 200 individual medley despite another personal best time of 2:04.
PCC picked up a majority of its points thanks to triple winners in sophomores Sharif Alaoui and Andrew Genova. Alaoui dominated with wins in the 100-freestyle (48 seconds), 200-freestyle (1:47), and 100-butterfly (54 seconds). He also swam with Ngai during the team's 200-medley relay triumph at 1:44.
Genova swam to first place finishes in the 500-freestyle (5:06), 1,000-freestyle (10:30), and 200-butterfly (2:04).
PCC Head Coach Terry Stoddard singled out the swimming of Matt McPhillips, who took second in the 500-freestyle, and key third place performances in the 1,000-freestyle and 200-butterfly.
"The men's team swam without Cario Liu (illness), but we jumped ahead with 16 points in the medley relay and kept that lead throughout the meet," Stoddard said. "We're a deeper team in recent years in that we are able to score more second and third places in a variety of events. This is a great conference start, and I feel we can be a contender at the SCC championships."
In the women's competition, Pasadena split its meets, losing to Cerritos, 160-110, and defeating LA Trade Tech, 170-0. PCC is 2-2 now in conference meets.
Courtney Jensen recorded event wins in the 500-freestyle (5:49) and 1,000-freestyle (12:06) and placed second in the 100-freestyle. Julia Warden captured the 200-freestyle (2:02) and 100-backstroke (1:05.88), and Mikela Velasquez swam a blistering pace in winning the 100-freestyle (56 seconds) and 100 IM (1:04) while taking second in the 50-freestyle.
Brianna Estrada won the 50-butterfly (30.07) and took second in the 100-butterfly by a touch at the wall. In the 400-freestyle relay, the Lancers' squad of Velasquez, Warden, Jensen and Estrada triumphed with a 4:06 time.
DIABLO VALLEY MEET
In a dual road meet against Diablo Valley College on March 11, the Lancers men lost, 140.5-101.5, while the DVC women defeated the Lancers, 185-56. Diablo Valley has traditionally been the Northern California region's premier swim program and won the 2008 state men's title.
For PCC's men, Ngai finished first in the 100-breaststroke (59.83) and 200-breaststroke (2:11.51) and Alaoui grabbed wins in the 100-freestyle (48.29) and 200-free (1:45.41). Other male winners were Genova in the 1,650-yard freestyle (17:50.49) and Cario Liu, who blew away the rest of the competition by nearly 18 seconds in taking the 400 IM (4:18.53).
In the women's races, Jensen (1,650-free, 20:06.57) and Velasquez (200 IM, 2:21.03) were the Lancers' first-place finishers.
The Pasadena teams will next faceoff with Long Beach City College on Friday, March 25 in a 2:30 p.m. conference meet at LBCC.
[Photo--PCC's Baldwin Ngai in a recent competition, image by Richard Quinton.]
Release Date: 03/19/11