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First Day Of State Meet: 400 Medley Relay Takes 5th

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The Pasadena City College men's swim team is in eighth place after the first day of the CCCAA Swim and Dive Championships at East Los Angeles College held Thursday. The meet continues today and Saturday, April 29-30.

The Lancers placed fifth in a rocky 400-yard medley relay final, a race that saw two teams disqualified for early takeoffs by anchor swimmers. PCC's Sharif Alaoui, a state individual champion last year, swam a career best 52.81 in the opening leg as the Lancers finished at 3:31.68, ahead of South Coast Conference champion Mt. San Antonio (sixth). Baldwin Ngai, Tabrek Seyssel and Cario Liu rounded out the squad.

The four took third in the consolation final of the 200 freestyle relay (11th overall) with a time of 1:26.47. Liu won the consolation final of the 200 individual medley at 1:55.78 (ninth overall).

For the PCC women, freshman Mikela Velasquez won her first state medal, taking seventh place in the 100 IM at 1:02.79, good for 12 team scoring points. Velasquez was 12th in the 50 freestyle (25.38). Her 17 points allowed the Lancers to sit in 21st place with more individual events by her teammates to come.


On Thursday at the PCC Aquatic Center, the college hosted the CCCAA state diving competition. For those who attended, it was a record-setting day for American River diver Eddie Kollar, who obliterated the previous points high in state meet history with his first place 340.60 points in the men's 3-meter event.

Kollar snapped the record of 287.80 set by El Camino's David Austin in 2009. The diving events continue today at 1 p.m. with men's 1-meter diving and women's 3-meter diving. The Lancers did not have a diver in men or women this season.

[Photo--PCC's Cario Liu in action during the CCCAA State Swim Championships at East Los Angeles College Thursday, image by Richard Quinton.]

Release Date: 04/29/11
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