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Men's Swimming Captures 10 of 12 Individual Events, Beats LBCC
In recent seasons, the Pasadena City College men's swim team has always been one that has produced a few state individual champions, but lacked the overall participant depth to score high in South Coast Conference competition. The 2011 Lancers, though, appear poised to change their conference fortunes in a big way.
PCC moved into second place in the SCC dual regular season standings Friday by winning 10 of 12 individual events in defeating host Long Beach City College, 149-111. The Lancers are 4-1 in SCC meets and their only loss was against first-place Mt. San Antonio in a meet that was decided on the final relay event.
"This is easily the best men's team I've coached here," said PCC Head Coach Terry Stoddard, whose previous teams have never finished higher than third place in conference.
"We're not just winning events, but we have talented swimmers that can collect solid points in nearly every race. We're preparing and trying to position ourselves to be at our best going into the SCC Championships. We have a legitimate opportunity to win the team title."
The 200-yard medlay relay squad of Sharif Alaoui, Baldwin Ngai, Tabrek Seyssel, and Cario Liu swam a season-best 1:39.67 in taking first over LBCC's 1:41.31. The relay started off a streak of nine straight wins by the Lancers to take control of the meet.
In event order, Andrew Genova won the 1,000-freestyle (10:45.94), Alaoui took the 200-freestyle (1:46.94), Liu was best in the 100-backstroke (56.05), Ngai won the 100-breaststroke (59.94), Alaoui grabbed the 200-butterfly (2:00.47), Seyssel nabbed the 50-freestyle (22.30), Alaoui had to comeback and edge teammate Seyssel to win the 100-freestyle (49.73 to 49.75), Liu was victorious in the 200-backstroke (2:01.66), and Ngai dominated the 200-breaststroke (2:09.03).
After the streak was broken in a Long Beach win in the 500-freestyle, Liu would later pick up another PCC victory in the 200 individual medley at 1:59.76. Ngai scored a second in that event as did Scott Wong in the 100-breaststroke. Genova, swimming with a cold, also was second in the 500-free.
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--PCC's Tabrek Seyssel swims to victory at Long Beach City College, image by Richard Quinton.]
Release Date: 03/27/11