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Men's Swimmer Stephen To Setting To Build On Last Year's State Title

Men's Swimmer Stephen To Setting To Build On Last Year's State Title image

Pasadena City College men's sophomore swimmer Stephen To, the defending state champion in the 200-yard butterfly, opened the South Coast Conference dual meet season by winning that event at a PCC-hosted double dual against Mt. San Antonio and Chaffey Colleges held March 1.

To (pronounced "toe") swam 2:00.24, a slow mark for him, but enough to beat second-place swimmer Thomas Harper of Chaffey (2:01.38). To swam 1:50.12 at last year's CCCAA State Championships when he won the title in the 200 fly as an underdog. 

Mt. San Antonio defeated the Lancers, 201-70 and Chaffey also handed PCC a 180-89 setback in the team scoring. Mt. SAC overwhelmed Chaffey, 168-113.

In the 200 freestyle, To took second at 1:48.57, but that mark was only .25 of a second off the time he swam at the SCC Finals last year. That's a good sign for To, whose times will only get better as the season progresses. Chaffey's Kyle McCurley edged out To at 1:48.10.

Michael Chiodo recorded PCC's other event win in the 200-backstroke with a time of 2:09.30. Chiodo beat out Mt. SAC's Michael Joven to the wall at 2:09.97. Chiodo was second in the 100-backstroke (58.19) and third in the 200 individual medley (2:10.97).  In the 200 medley relay, the Lancers placed second on the swimming of Chiodo, John Darrin Smith, To, and Tanick Nitinthorn (1:43.87). 

Christopher Anderson continues his improvement in the 1- and 3-meter diving as he scored 151.75 points for third place. Smith placed fourth in the 100-freestyle (52.44) and fifth in the 50-freestyle (23.73). 

The PCC men's swimming and diving team will next be in action on March 8-9 at the Chaffey Invitational.

[Photo--Stephen To shows his form in winning the 200-butterfly event Friday at the PCC Aquatic Center, image by Richard Quinton, sports information photographer.]

Release Date: 03/04/13
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