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Two-Time SCC Swimmer of Year Alaoui Headed To UC San Diego

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Pasadena City College sophomore Sharif Alaoui, a two-time, South Coast Conference swimmer of the year and All-American, has committed to attend the University of California-San Diego for his junior season.

Alaoui was the 2009-2010 PCC Men's Athlete of the Year as a freshman when he won the state 200-yard freestyle title. This season, Alaoui won two medals at the CCCAA State Championships, including a fifth in the 200 butterfly. He helped the Lancers finish eighth place at the state meet and second in the SCC in dual meets when the squad recorded a 6-1 record.

PCC Head Coach Terry Stoddard was pleased to see Alaoui go to UC San Diego, a university that finished second at the March NCAA Division II Championships.

"It's a great place for Sharif to ultimately earn a quality college degree while improving his performance as a swimmer," Stoddard said. "He established himself as one of the best community college swimmers in his two seasons at PCC. He was a big part of our relays and a talent in both the freestyle and butterfly events."


Junior Tai Nuntapramote, the 2009 state champion in the 200 butterfly for the Lancers, was recently named NAIA All-American for his performance in the 800 freestyle relay as part of Cal Baptist University's swim team.

Nuntapramote also picked up two other medals at the NAIA National Championships held in St. Peters, Missouri. An '09 SCC Swimmer of the Year at PCC, he swam sixth place in the 200 butterfly (1:51.65) and eighth in the 200 freestyle (1:42.61).

Senior Malia Garcia, a two-time, women's conference champion in the 200 individual medley in 2007-2008 at PCC, swam 12th place overall in the 200 butterfly for Azusa Pacific as that university had its highest team finish ever in the NAIA Championships--fifth place. 

Junior Merry Sanders placed 15th in the 1,650 freestyle (19:12.09) for Occidental College at the February-held SCIAC Championships. She was part of Oxy's fourth place finish in the 800 free relay. At PCC, Sanders was the SCC Diver of the Year last year. 

Jade Wilia, a member of last year's PCC women's team, swam this past season for Cal Baptist. CBU captured the NAIA team championship this year.

Release Date: 05/09/11
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