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State Medals Continue For PCC Swim Teams

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Pasadena City College men's swimmers Cario Liu and Sharif Alaoui and women's team member Julia Warden all collected medals for finishing in the top eight in their individual events Friday on Day 2 of the CCCAA Men's and Women's Swim and Dive Championships at the East Los Angeles College Swim Stadium.

The Lancers men's team stands in eighth place at the state meet with 99 points while the women are in the No. 20 spot in that gender's standings. The championships conclude Saturday, April 30.

In the men's 400-yard individual medley, Liu, a freshman, led early and finished strong at 4:03.92, but a late push by defending champion Galen Sollom-Brotherton (Diablo Valley) gave the sophomore a victory at 4:00.21. Liu took third place, but his time was faster than last year's winning mark by Sollom-Brotherton. John Chang of Orange Coast was second at 4:01.26. Liu also broke the school record he had just set a week earlier at the South Coast Conference championships with his 400 IM mark here.

Alaoui hoped to defend his 200 freestyle state title, but the competition was at its highest in this particular event. Alaoui's 1:41.47, a fast mark in any other year, was only good enough for sixth place as Santa Monica's Jeff Lum nearly broke a state meet record in winning at 1:37.48 (missed by .40). Three swimmers from Ventura who finished ahead of Alaoui would go on to break the state record in the 800 freestyle relay (6:43.32). PCC took 10th in that event at 7:06.21.

Baldwin Ngai placed 10th in the 100 breaststroke at 58.53.

On the women's side, it was an exciting day for Warden, a freshman, who placed seventh in the 200 freestyle. At the midway mark, Warden was among the top 3 leaders, but the fast pace caught up to her as she finished at 1:58.43. She was a bit faster in the qualifying morning prelim at 1:58.38.

PCC Head Coach Terry Stoddard said: "I was just hoping Julia could qualify for the finals, and next thing I know she's trying to win the finals race. A great competitor. She has an opportunity to really improve next year in this event."

On Alaoui's race: "That pool was full of great swimmers, Sharif included. The level of speed talent was almost night and day from last year. He went after it, but the other guys were just a little faster. He really wanted to win, and I know it was tough for him to not repeat in the event."

[Photo--Pasadena's Julia Warden (bottom) swims to form in the 200 freestyle during the CCCAA State Meet held at East Los Angeles College Friday, image by Richard Quinton.]

Release Date: 04/30/11
Robert Lewis, Sports Information
Phone: 626-585-7018, Email: rmlewis@pasadena.edu