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Two More PCC Men's Champions At SCC Swim Championships, Day 2
All season, the Pasadena City College men's swim team has centered around the performances of sophomore giant Cario Liu and freshman sensation Stephen To. On Day 2 of the PCC-hosted South Coast Conference Championships Friday, the pair swam to form in each recording impressive event victories.
Liu was dominating in his second SCC title of the meet as he looked like Secretariat at the Belmont in winning the 400-yard individual medley with a 4:07.26 time. Already the school record holder in the event, Liu made it back-to-back SCC gold medals in winning the 400 IM by an amazing 23 seconds ahead of his nearest competitor. It was also conference first places in consecutive days for Liu, who won the 200 IM title on Thursday.
Liu (Temple City High) is bidding to become SCC Swimmer of the Year, a title that Pasadena student-athletes have accomplished in each of the past six years.
To, out of San Marino High, went toe-to-toe with Long Beach swimmer Michael Carillo, rallying to win the 100 butterfly in a fast 51.47 seconds. To trailed Carillo by .47 of a second after the first 100 yards, but his strong final leg resulted in a 1.14 second victory.
Lancer freshman Michael Chiodo placed fourth in the 100 backstroke (56.72) while Scott Wong medaled for seventh in the 100 breaststroke (1:04.77). To added a sixth place in the 200 freestyle (1:48.32).
In the current team standings, the PCC men are in sixth place with 249 points. Chaffey is the current leader with 488.
It was all good news Friday until a late mistake hurt the Lancers' women's team. Individually, the PCC swimmers medaled throughout the events. However, in the evening's final event, the 800 medley relay, PCC appeared to have at least a second place sewn up only to see the team get disqualified for an early takeoff. The significance of the DQ is that 34 team points were lost on the miscue.
The Lancers are tied for fifth place with Long Beach (each 246 points). Chaffey leads the competition with 471 points.
While the team didn't win an event, PCC had many strong efforts, including the 50 breaststroke where Giselle Mendieta placed second (33.22) and Ashli Gonzalez-Griffen swam third (33.60). In the 50 butterfly, Mikela Velasquez scored a second (28.02) and Paige Watroba took fourth (29.57).
In the 200 IM, Cynthia Martinez grabbed sixth (2:33.48) while Watroba secured the same spot in the 200 freestyle (2:05.79). Gonzalez-Griffen was eighth in the 50 backstroke (33.28).
The SCC Championships conclude Saturday, April 21 at the PCC Aquatic Center with prelims taking place at 10 a.m. and the finals beginning at 4 p.m.
Complete results for Day 2, SCC Championships at link below:
[Photo--Lancer Stephen To (bottom) makes his dive to start his victory in the 100 butterfly Friday in the South Coast Conference Championships at the Aquatic Center, image by Richard Quinton.]
Release Date: 04/21/12