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PCC Swimmer Liu Records Highest Men's Individual Score At Mt. SAC Invite

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Pasadena City College sophomore Cario Liu established himself as the state's current top men's swimmer with his versatile and electrifying performance at the Mt. San Antonio Invitational meet held Saturday. 

With 20 colleges participating, including perennial powers Orange Coast and Ventura Colleges, Liu (pictured) scored 81 individual points in five events, edging another South Coast Conference swimmer in Mt. SAC's Taylor Kneisley, 80 points, for meet high scorer. 

Liu won the grueling 1,650-yard event with a time of 17:00.75, took second in the 400-yard individual medley at 4:15.33, placed third in the 200 breaststroke at 2:13.50, and had a strong fifth place in both the 200 backstroke (2:03.20) and 200 butterfly (2:04.56). 

Liu helped the Lancers to a ninth place team finish, but PCC also received a quality effort by Stephen To. The freshman nearly won two events, but settled for second place in both the 100 butterfly (52.09) and 200 butterfly (1:57.17). In the 100, he was edged by just .26 of a second by Ventura's Henry Chung (51.83), and in the 200, To was beaten by another Ventura swimmer Tyler Kaslik (1:56.29). To took 11th in the 200 freestyle and 12th in the 100 freestyle as his 45 points was 11th best among all swimmers at the meet.  

PCC's 800 freestyle relay squad finished sixth with a time of 7:48.89 behind the foursome of To, Aaron Lam, Patrick Chen and Liu at anchor. Liu is a graduate of Temple City High and was a conference champion as a freshman with a school record in the 400 IM. To was a CIF Southern Section Division I finalist at San Marino High last year. 

The PCC women's team placed 11th behind an outstanding meet by Giselle Mendieta, who won the 200 breaststroke event (2:36.37), took third in the 100 breaststroke (1:12.70) and was fourth in the 50 breaststroke (33.58). 

Mikela Velasquez grabbed fifth in the 100 freestyle (55.87) and ended up 10th in the 200 IM at 2:21.98. Courtney Jensen was seventh in the 1,650 freestyle with an endurance time of 19:44.58. 

Mendieta, from Marshall High in Los Angeles, scored 51 points for 11th highest individual score at the Mt. SAC Invitational. 

The Lancers teams, coached by Terry Stoddard, will open the SCC dual meet season Friday, Mar. 2 when it hosts El Camino and Chaffey Colleges. Events begin at 12:30 p.m. at the Aquatic Center. 

Release Date: 02/27/12
Robert Lewis, Sports Information
Phone: 626-585-7018, Email: rmlewis@pasadena.edu