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Ngai's 200 Breaststroke Win Helps Men Earn 5th At 11th Pasadena Swim Invite
With just one individual event remaining, the Pasadena City College men's swim team was that close to going a second straight year without an event victory at its host invitational. But sophomore Baldwin Ngai made sure the Lancers didn't leave the PCC Aquatic Center empty-handed as he rallied from a .49 second deficit on the first leg and went on to grab first place in the 200-yard breaststroke Saturday at the 11th Pasadena Invitational.
Ngai's win in 2:10.03 was just a hair better than Orange Coast's Josh Kloppenburg (2:10.19), who had edged out Ngai (second place) to capture the 100-breaststroke earlier in the day.
Kloppenburg had the early lead after 50 yards in the 200, but Ngai made up the deficit quickly by the second leg and kept that lead. In the 100, Ngai swam a 1:00.24, better than his 2010 invite mark, but not enough to get Kloppenburg at 59.15. Ironically, Ngai (pictured) was faster in the 200 as a freshman at the host event with a then second-place 2:08.66.
The Lancers finished fifth place at the 14-team, two-day spectacle while OCC won its second straight team title.
PCC performed several top swims overall, including a third place by Sharif Alaoui in the 200-freestyle (1:45.77), third place by Cario Liu in the 100-freestyle (47.95), fourth place by Andrew Genova in the grueling 1,650-freestyle (17:35.69), and a third place by the team's 400-freestyle relay squad (3:15.99).
WOMEN 6TH PLACE AT HOST INVITATIONAL
The Lancers women's team improved by two places from 2010 to sixth place in the 14-team Pasadena Invitational Friday-Saturday.
Among the high point swims were Courtney Jensen grabbing fourth in the 1,650-yard freestyle (19:54.95), Julia Warden picking up fifth place in the 200-freestyle (2:01.90) and fifth in the 100-backstroke (1:05.18), Mikela Velasquez taking sixth in the 50-breaststroke (33.82) and seventh in the 50-butterfly (28.99), and Brianna Estrada finishing seventh in the 100-butterfly (1:09.36).
Orange Coast College won the women's team title to give the Pirates a gender sweep.
PCC Head Coach Terry Stoddard talked about both of his teams' performances.
"Our expectations have grown, so overall I was expecting more from us against some of the top teams in the state," he said. "One thing we will be working on is our relays. That has been a strength for us in some of our conference dual meets. We will likely have our biggest combined group of swimmers to qualify for the state meet. I think both squads are excited about their prospects going into the SCC Championships."
Final Results of 11th Pasadena Invitational at following link:
[Photo--Baldwin Ngai swims to win in the 200-breaststroke Saturday at 11th Pasadena Invitational, image by Richard Quinton.]
Release Date: 04/10/11