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Cheung Breaks PCC 50-Backstroke Record; Women Split Double Dual At ECC

Cheung Breaks PCC 50-Backstroke Record; Women Split Double Dual At ECC image

For nine years, 2004 alumnae Joelle Johnson held the Pasadena City College women's swim record for fastest time in the 50-yard backstroke before 2013 freshman Emily Frederick broke the mark at the season-opening SCC Pentathlon. Frederick's record stood for just a month as frosh teammate Shannon Cheung once again reset the mark with a another new PCC standard of 28.89 seconds.

Cheung's record was among her three individual event wins as the Lancers split a South Coast Conference double dual meet with East Los Angeles and host El Camino College held March 15. The Lancers (1-3 in conference) defeated El Camino, 117-99, and lost a close one to ELAC, 132-123. El Camino downed ELAC, 151-116.

PCC totaled 11 event wins overall, but its skeleton 5-person team could not pick up enough points to get past East LA. In the 50 back, Cheung's mark beat the Feb. 15 record set by Frederick (29.16) by .27 of a second. Cheung also recorded wins in the 100-backstroke (1:03.57) and 1,000-freestyle (10:54.93). Cheung, Frederick, Arolyn Basham and Paige Watroba easily won the 200 medley relay at 2:00.72.

Frederick, who still holds eight school records (five individual, three relay), picked up non-record event victories in the 50-freestyle (25.30), 100-freestyle (54.90), and 100 individual medley (1:03.58). Watroba won the 50-butterfly (30.16), the 100-butterfly (1:06.10), and 200-freestyle (2:12.13). Basham recorded first place finishes in the 50-breaststroke (33.36) and 100-breaststroke (1:12.55) and was second in the 100-free (58.37).

Gwen McKinley placed third in the 1-meter diving with 123 points. 


Because East LA has no men's team, the Lancers participated in dual meet against El Camino and lost, 208-59. 

Willie Nitinthorn provided PCC's lone highlight in winning the 100-yard butterfly in 1:01.15. Another brightspot was the 1-meter diving of Chris Anderson, who scored 162.60 points to take second place. Anderson has improved his overall scoring at every meet.

Michael Chiodo took second place in the 100-backstroke, getting beat at the wall by ECC's Jonathan Diaz, 56.22 to 56.55. Chiodo also settled for second in both the 200-backstroke (2:05.28) and 200 IM (2:09.76). Agasi Gukasyan placed second in the 100-breaststroke (1:11.61) while John Darrin Smith was also a runner-up in the 200-breastroke at 2:23.77. 

The Lancers (0-3 in SCC meets) host a double dual meet Friday, March 22 when they take on Long Beach City and Rio Hondo Colleges. The meet begins at 12:30 p.m.

[Photo--Shannon Cheung, an international student from China, in action during a recent meet, image by Richard Quinton, sports information photographer.]

Release Date: 03/19/13
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