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Swim Teams Gain Split In SCC-Opening Meet

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The Pasadena City College men's and women's swim teams each scored a victory over El Camino College while suffering a defeat in each gender v. Chaffey in a South Coast Conference-opening double dual meet Friday held at the PCC Aquatic Center.

The men defeated El Camino, 170-90, while coming up short v. Chaffey, 158-118. The Lancers women doubled up ECC, 156-75, and couldn't catch up to Chaffey, 176-96. Chaffey defeated El Camino, 204-72 (men) and 218-44 (women).

On the men's side, PCC top sophomore Cario Liu swam to three event wins, including the 1,000-yard freestyle (10:21.53), the 200 breaststroke (2:12.82) and the 200 individual medley (2:01.44). Freshman teammate Stephen To (San Marino High) captured event victories in the 100 butterfly (53.61) and 200 butterfly (2:00.15). First-year Lancer Aaron Lam (Temple City HIgh) won the 50 free sprint at 22.70 seconds and sophomore Scott Wong (from South Pasadena HS) took first place in the 100 breaststroke (1:05.73).

In the women's competition, sophomore Mikela Velasquez scored a hattrick in event wins with top finishes in the 50 freestyle (25.88), and 100 freestyle (57.29), and the 100 IM (1:06.48). Giselle Mendieta (LA Marshall High) easily was victorious in the 50 breaststroke, winning at a 33.05 seconds clip, took first in the 100 breaststroke (1:07.18), and grabbed second in the 100 backstroke (1:10.64). The 200 medley relay squad of Velasquez, Mendieta, Paige Watroba (Laguna Beach High) and Cynthia Martinez took first at 2:05.83.

Courtney Jensen, a sophomore, settled for second place finishes in the 1,000 freestyle, 500 freestyle and 50 backstroke.  

"Paige placed a strong second in both the 100 IM and 100 Butterfly, and she could be our next real splash for the women," said PCC Head Coach Terry Stoddard. "Overall for the men and women, I feel our sophomores all swam better than they did at this time of the year than they performed as freshmen. That's a key sign that the times are improved from one year to the next."

Next week, the Lancers travel to Northern California for meets at Diablo Valley College (Mar. 9) and at College of Marin for the seventh annual Mariner Invitational (Mar. 10). The teams' next home meet is scheduled for Mar. 23 against Cerritos and East Los Angeles (new women's program only) at 12:30 p.m.

[Photo--Stephen To on his way to winning the 100 butterfly during PCC's double dual meet Friday at the Aquatic Center, image by Richard Quinton.]

Release Date: 03/02/12
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