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PCC's To, Liu, Velasquez Make All-American Swimming List
After capturing the CCCAA State 200-yard butterfly title, Pasadena City College swimmer Stephen To learned his 1:50.52 time finished second fastest in the nation. To earned 2012 All-American honors in both the 200 and 100-butterfly events (ninth in the nation).
The All-American listings are the top 16 times among all U.S. community colleges. To's 200 fly time was just .47 of a second behind the top mark (1:50.05). Teammate Cario Liu achieved All-American status in the 400 individual medley (sixth) and 200 breaststroke (10th). Liu, a sophomore from Temple City High, swam a 4:06.50 to finish third in the 400 IM event at the state meet.
Lancer women's swimmer Mikela Velasquez (Burroughs High) earned the No. 14 spot on the 100 IM list.
To, a freshman from San Marino High, continued in a long line of successful PCC swimmers in the 200 butterfly event.
To is also one of an impressive six Pasadena butterfly swimmers who are on the updated state top 25 list. Only PCC Sports Hall of Famer Glen Aikin swam faster than To's gold medal triumph at the CCCAA State Championships on April 28 at East Los Angeles College. Aikin's No. 6 ranking was once the top national time when he swam a 1:49.87 at the 1977 state meet.
Others in the top 25 include No. 14 Jorge Delgado (1974, 1:51 even), No. 16 Tai Nuntapramote (2009, 1:51.22), No. 19 Lars Lindeberg (1976, 1:51.73) and No. 23 Pers Kersmark (1978, 1:51.82). To and Nuntapramote were both coached by current PCC head coach Terry Stoddard while the other four were part of the late coach Ron Ballatore dynasty of the 1970s when his Lancers teams won a school record five team state championships.
To joined an elite list of four PCC individual swimmers that are on the top 10 in all-time state listings for all events (see list below).
PCC Swimmers in Top 10 All-Time State List
Release Date: 06/01/12