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Women's Swim Team Edges LBCC On Last Relay

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The South Coast Conference dual meet between the Pasadena City College women's swim team and host Long Beach came down to the final event. The 400-yard freestyle relay turned into a romp for the Lancers as they downed the Vikings, 132-122, Friday.

PCC (3-2 in SCC meets) used the squad of Julia Warden, Brianna Estrada, Courtney Jensen, and Mikela Velasquez to win by more than 10 seconds over the Vikings' foursome with a time of 4:01.92.

With the men's team victory, it is the first time in 12 seasons under PCC Head Coach Terry Stoddard that the Lancers swept a meet v. Long Beach.

Jensen, a freshman, soared to a win the 1,000-freestyle (12:00.24) and later took first in the 500-freestyle (5:52.03). Velasquez, another first-year swimmer who has emerged as the team's go-to sprints performer, captured three event wins--the 50-freestyle (25.74), 100-freestyle (56.59), and 100 individual medley (1:05.01).

Warden, also a frosh Lancer, won the 200-freestyle (2:01.74 personal best time), and in the closest race of the afternoon, came from behind to beat LBCC's Hollie Mickelson to the wall in capturing the 100-backstroke, 1:05.15 to 1:05.96. Warden was second in the 50-freestyle.

Other PCC swimmers coming through with strong races were Estrada, a sophomore, who took a pair of second places in the 50-butterfly and 100-butterfly; Cynthia Martinez, who took second in the 1,000-freestyle and third place in both the 500-freestyle and 100 IM; and newcomer Leighanna Marsch, who grabbed third places in the 50-breaststroke and 100-breaststroke.

Stoddard talked about how strategy played a part in the meet triumph.

"We saved for that last relay, thinking the meet would likely come down to that race," he said. "Sure enough, that's exactly what happened. There's been a fast-moving improvement from several swimmers and I like our progress. It was exciting also to win a close meet."

On April 1, the Lancers host a SCC double-dual meet with Chaffey and Rio Hondo, beginning at 12:30 p.m. PCC will later host the Pasadena Invitational on April 8-9. The SCC Championships take place April 21-23 at Cerritos College.

[Photo--Mikela Velasquez (white cap, left side) shows her strong start ability in a race during PCC's dual meet win at Long Beach City College, image by Richard Quinton.]

Release Date: 03/27/11
Robert Lewis, Sports Information
Phone: 626-585-7018, Email: rmlewis@pasadena.edu