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Velasquez Wins 2 Events On 1st Day of SCC Swim Finals

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Mikela Velasquez became the first Pasadena City College women's swimmer in six years to win two events during Day 1 of the annual South Coast Conference Championships held at Cerritos College Thursday.

Velasquez (Burroughs High, Burbank, freshman, pictured) hit the wall in first place in back-to-back events as she swam career best times to win conference gold in the 100-yard individual medley (1:02.52) and 50-freestyle (25.01). The last female Lancer to capture two event wins was Joelle Johnson, who won the 200- and 500-freestyle races at the 2005 conference meet.

The PCC women's team is tied for third place with Long Beach at 133 points with two days remaining in the meet. Another swimmer who impressed for the Lancers was Courtney Jensen (Burbank High, freshman), who swam a career best in grabbing second place in the 500-freestyle at 5:34.13. Jensen's improvement from her senior year in high school to now is stunning. Her 500 time was 30 seconds faster than her quickest race as a prep swimmer.

In men's competiton, the PCC squad is fourth overall through the first day of the SCC Championships. The Lancers had to settle for second place in the 400 medley relay, losing to Mt. San Antonio by a hair (3:33.82 to 3:33.92 by PCC). The relay squad was made up of Sharif Alaoui, Baldwin Ngai, Tabrek Seyssel, and Cario Liu.

That foursome also placed second in the 200 free relay, losing to Long Beach in another hotly contested race (1:25.83 by LBCC to the Lancers' 1:26.89). Liu took second in the 200 IM (1:55.01), and Andrew Genova swam a quick 4:55.38 in the 500 freestyle, but placed fifth in maybe the conference's most competitive event this season.

The Lancers will be in competition both Friday and Saturday to complete the SCC Championships in Norwalk.

Release Date: 04/21/11
Robert Lewis, Sports Information
Phone: 626-585-7018, Email: rmlewis@pasadena.edu