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Alaoui Earns PCC 6th Straight Men's SCC Swimmer of Year Title, Stoddard Coach of the Year
Sharif Alaoui once again extended an amazing streak for the Pasadena City College men's swim team April 22-23 at the Cerritos College-hosted 2011 South Coast Conference Championships. Alaoui repeated his feat of winning three events and in the process picked up his second consecutive SCC Swimmer of the Year award, the sixth straight season in which a Lancer has accomplished the feat.
Alaoui, who shared the award with Cerritos' PJ Gabayeron, won the same events that he grabbed first place in a year ago in winning the 100 and 200-Yard freestyle titles as well as the 200 butterfly race.
While PCC finished surprisingly only in fourth place after a second place, 6-1 team dual regular season, Lancers aquatics head coach Terry Stoddard was honored for the first time as SCC Men's Coach of the Year. He won the award on the women's side in 2003 when he coached that Lancers team to the SCC championship. The 6-1 record in conference duals is the best in the 12 seasons under Stoddard's direction.
Stoddard explained how depth plays the ultimate role at the South Coast finals when it comes to team scoring.
"The sevenths and the eighths are a key to scoring enough points as well as scoring in diving (PCC had no diver this season). We had as many strong individual swims and likely have qualified more swimmers this year for state than in maybe any previous season. We were hoping for second place, but it didn't go our way. I'm honored that my peers felt our dual season meets showed that we are one of SoCal's top teams."
Mt. San Antonio won the SCC team championship with 799 points, followed by Cerritos with 656, Long Beach at 581, then PCC at 505 (72 points more than its fourth place showing last year). El Camino took fifth (359), followed in order by Chaffey (275), Rio Hondo (132), and Los Angeles Trade Tech (119). Not a coincidence, the first three teams had the most swimmers on their rosters with the Mounties (23), Falcons (22), and Vikings (16). PCC had 13 available swimmers at the conference meet.
Alaoui (from Crescenta Valley High) won the 100 free at 46.39 seconds, .72 better than his 2010 winning time. In the 200 free, his 1:42.48 triumph was .47 faster. In the 200 fly, his 1:53.19 was almost three seconds faster than his frosh title win (1:56.14).
"Sharif didn't set a school record, but he's right in there with some of our great swimmers in recent years. He matched Nick Lao (2006-2007) for being conference swimmer of the year in two straight seasons. Right now, he's primed and ready for the state meet."
The Lancers had one other event winner at the SCC Finals in Cario Liu, who set a school record in capturing the 400 individual medley race in a quick 4:05.46. Liu, a freshman from Temple City High, swam an impressive meet as he took second place in both the 200 IM (1:55.01) and 1,650 freestyle (16:49.60).
Sophomore Baldwin Ngai settled for second place in each of the 100 and 200 breaststroke events (58.93 and 2:09.85, respectively).
In the final event, the 400 free relay, PCC hit the wall in a photo finish, just behind Mt. SAC at 3:09.38 to 3:09.49. The relays were bittersweet overall for the Lancers, who were disqualified in the 800 free relay, an event they were expected to finish in the top two places. In the 200 medley relay, PCC had the fastest seed time (1:39.47), yet finished sixth in the finals with a disappointing 1:47.91. In the 200 free relay, the Lancers again were denied victory as Long Beach edged them for first in that race (1:25.83 to 1:26.89).
Check this website for PCC's state qualifying swimmers to participate at the CCCAA Championships April 28-30 at East Los Angeles College.
[Photo--Sharif Alaoui shows off one of his medals with Coach Terry Stoddard as the PCC pair were award winners at the SCC Championships held April 21-23 at Cerritos College in Norwalk, image by Richard Quinton.]
Release Date: 04/24/11