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Men's Swimming Finishes SCC Dual Meet Regular Season at 6-1

Men's Swimming Finishes SCC Dual Meet Regular Season at 6-1 image

The Pasadena City College men's swimming team has solidified itself as a major contender for the 2011 South Coast Conference team title after sweeping Friday's home double dual meet against Chaffey, 185-78, and Rio Hondo, 189-40.

The Lancers closed the South Coast Conference regular season dual meet schedule with a 6-1 record, leaving them in second place going into the all-important South Coast Conference Championships April 21-23 at Cerritos College.

At the PCC Aquatic Center, the men's team took first place in all 14 swim events (scoring no points only in the diving event as it has no diver this season). Sophomore Andrew Genova swam 10.59.89 to win the 1,000-yard freestyle, then posted first-place performances in the 200-butterfly (2:06.85) and 500-freestyle (5:15.19).

Sophomore Sharif Alaoui dominated the competition in capturing the 200-freestyle (1:50.24), 50-freestyle (22.47), and 100-butterfly (54.92). Freshman Cario Liu raced to event victories in the 100-backstroke (56.25), 100-freestyle (48.48), and 200-backstroke (2:10.36). Sophomore Baldwin Ngai became the fourth PCC swimmer of the afternoon to win three individual events behind top finishes in the 100-breaststroke (59.85), 200-breaststroke (2:08.62), and 200 individual medley (2:07.09). 

PCC opened the meet with a 200-yard medlay relay triumph (Alaoui, Ngai, Genova, and Ian Ford) in 1:45.02, and closed the day on a 400-yard freestyle relay win on the legs of Liu, Flinn Crosby, Genova, and Scott Wong at 3:32.65.

Lancers head coach Terry Stoddard said his team's success this year is part of a five-year cycle that started in 2007.

"Once we established state champion swimmers in Nick Lao, Keisuke Yagi, and then Tai Nuntapramote, I think many local swimmers took notice of our program. All three have been successful at the next level after earning scholarships through here. Now the swimmers joining our program know they can really improve and succeed by coming through PCC. 

"As for our team performance, we have a team leader in Sharif Alaoui. Early on this year, the guys figured they had a shot at winning conference, and they have rallied around that goal. The team title is up for grabs now. It's going to come down to some of our secondary swimmers. They will be the key to winning or not."

WOMEN SPLITS V. CHAFFEY, RIO HONDO

The Lancers women's team defeated Rio Hondo, 184-35, but lost to Chaffey, 156-111, as their SCC dual meet record moved to 4-3. 

PCC won six events, three by freshman Mikela Velasquez, who reached the wall first in the 50-freestyle (25.58), 100-freestyle (56.50), and 50-butterfly (29.23). Other Lancer winners were newcomer Julia Warden in the 200-freestyle (2:01.77), sophomore Brianna Estrada in the 100-butterfly (1:09.30), and freshman Courtney Jensen with a personal best 5:45.44 to win the 500-freestyle.

Both Lancers swim teams will be in action April 8-9 at the 11th Pasadena Invitational meet. Final team entries for the annual PCC Aquatic Center event will occur Tuesday.

[Photo--Julia Warden in the women's backstroke (top), and Sharif Alaoui in the butterfly (bottom) at PCC's double-dual meet v. Chaffey, Rio Hondo Friday, image by Richard Quinton.]

Release Date: 04/01/11
Robert Lewis, Sports Information
Phone: 626-585-7018, Email: rmlewis@pasadena.edu