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Women's Swim Scores Exciting 62-60 Win Over LBCC

Women's Swim Scores Exciting 62-60 Win Over LBCC image

With perhaps its finest corps of top performers in 13 years under head coach Terry Stoddard, the Pasadena City College women's swim team went to the limit to defeat host Long Beach City College Friday afternoon. The Lancers scored a 62-60 victory over the Vikings and also downed Los Angeles Trade-Tech, 91-30, as the team concluded the dual meet portion of the season with a strong 5-3 South Coast Conference record.

While every point proved important in the LBCC win, the Lancers started things with a close triumph in the 200-yard medley relay on a time of 2:03.52. The mark turned in by sophomore Mikela Velasquez, freshman Giselle Mendieta, freshman Paige Watroba, and sophomore Courtney Jensen was 1.73 seconds faster than the Vikings' foursome.

Jensen, who competed at last year's CCCAA state meet, scored individual event victories in the 1,000 freestyle (11:52.21), 50 backstroke (33.40), and 500 freestyle (5:41.81). Watroba also had a big meet with her first place finishes in the 100 butterfly (1:08.33), 100 backstroke (1:09.95), and 50 butterfly (30.35).

Velasquez, beaten earlier in the 100 freestyle by just .76 of a second, clinched the team victory late in the meet by winning the 100 individual medley race at 1:04.73. Sophomore Cynthia Martinez helped do her part for the Lancers with a key second place finish behind Watroba in the 100 butterfly (1:10.62). Both Mendieta and Velasquez had a pair of second places in other events.

"Mikela is a winner. Her second places in the freestyle events were both unexpected and tight races. But she stayed focused in the 100 IM and won by a lot. When it counted, she came through for the team at the most critical point of the meet" Stoddard said.

The Lancers are looking forward to the SCC Championships meet, eyeing a potential high finish. PCC won its only conference team title in 2003. The championship meet combines the finals with the dual season to determine the team placing for the regular season. PCC hosts the SCC Championships April 19-21 at the Aquatic Center. Regardless of the team finish, the Lancers expect several swimmers to advance to the CCCAA State Championships the following week at East Los Angeles College (April 26-28).

This Friday-Saturday, April 6-7, PCC hosts the 12th Pasadena Invitational.

MEN'S SWIM 1-1 IN DOUBLE DUAL

The Lancers men lost to Long Beach, 92-38, and downed LA Trade-Tech, 104-15, as the team takes a 3-4 dual meet record into the SCC Championships.

The usual suspects were again in fine form for PCC as Cario Liu swam to three event wins in the 200 backstroke (1:59.33), 200 breaststroke (2:13.17) and 500 freestyle (4:57.05), while Stephen To won the 100 butterfly (51.65) and 200 butterfly (1:54.67). Unfortunately for the Lancers, Long Beach won every other event.

Stoddard said that both Liu and To turned in outstanding performances. Liu swam a season best in the backstroke by four seconds in breaking the 2-minute mark. His freestyle triumph was also a season best, nearly four seconds faster than previous marks. All three of his event wins would have qualified him for each stroke at last year's CCCAA State meet, according to Stoddard.

To's 200 fly victory was a personal best time and his 100 fly a season best by 1.3 seconds. His second place in the 200 freestyle (1:48.41) was his season best by three seconds.

[Photo--PCC's Paige Watroba (middle swimmer) in a backstroke event during a recent meet, image by Richard Quinton.]

Release Date: 03/31/12
Robert Lewis, Sports Information
Phone: 626-585-7018, Email: rmlewis@pasadena.edu