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Women's Swimmer Velasquez Grabs 2 Event Wins At 2012-Opening SCC Penthatlon

Women's Swimmer Velasquez Grabs 2 Event Wins At 2012-Opening SCC Penthatlon image

Pasadena City College women's swim team sophomore Mikela Velasquez has simply picked up where she left off last year when she was a two-time, South Coast Conference champion. Velasquez swam to victories in the 100-yard freestyle and the 50-butterfly events at the 2012 season-opening SCC Pentathlon held Friday at the PCC Aquatic Center.

Velasquez nearly won three events, edged by just .12 seconds by Cerritos' Katherine Gabayeron in the 100 individual medley. The Burbank Burroughs High graduate also placed third in the 50-breaststroke and fourth in the 50-backstroke in a spectacular opening to her second season at PCC.

In winning the 100-free, she hit the wall with a time of 56.29, a full second faster than the second place finisher. In the 50-fly, Velasquez bolted to a 29.03 finish.

Velasquez wasn't the only Lancer to win an event as Giselle Mendieta (Marshall High, Los Angeles) captured first place in the 50-breaststroke at 33.25. The freshman Mendieta was a member of the 2011 women's water polo team under PCC aquatics head coach Terry Stoddard.

In men's events, freshman Michael Chiodo had the highest Lancers finish with a 57.91 time to take third in the 100-backstroke. Also for PCC, Scott Wong placed fifth in the 100-breaststroke (1:07.64).

The swim teams will be back in action on Feb. 24-25 at the Mt. SAC Invitational in Walnut.

[Photo--Mikela Velasquez makes the dive into the pool during an event at Friday's SCC Pentathlon held at the PCC Aquatic Center, image by Richard Quinton.]

Release Date: 02/17/12
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