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Near Perfection For Women's Swim At PCC Double Dual Friday
The Pasadena City College women's swim team came within .11 of a second from sweeping all 14 swimming events Friday as the Lancers dominated El Camino and Cerritos Colleges in a South Coast Conference double dual meet. It was the first home meet of the year for PCC at the Aquatic Center.
PCC is 5-1 in SCC duals and currently stand in second place in the SCC. The Lancers downed El Camino, 172-91, and Cerritos by a similar score, 170-90. El Camino edged Cerritos in the other dual, 136-133.
The Lancers won every event except for the 1 & 3 meter board diving competition (they have no divers) and the 100-yard breaststroke, one that saw sophomore Arolyn Basham get outtouched at the wall by Cerritos' Amanda Loya, 1:11.32 to Basham's 1:11.43.
"The swimmers were really excited about finally getting to compete in our pool," PCC head coach Terry Stoddard said. "We have such great depth this year. Courtney Fukushima stepped up and had a breakout meet for herself with three personal bests. We went 1-2-3 in the 100 butterfly and I don't remember the last time we swept the top three places in an event."
A freshman, Fukushima was one of six PCC swimmers to win an event as she roared to a 5-minute, 48.13 second time to capture first in the 500-freestyle. The 100 fly featured Tiffany Wong winning at 1:02.70, followed by teammates Connie Peng (1:04.94) and Fukushima (1:08.69).
Sophomore Shannon Cheung won a team-best three events, including the 50-freestyle (25.40), 100-freestyle (57.25) and 100 individual medley (1:03.70) as she edged past the freshman Wong who took second at 1:04.34. Wong also won the 50-butterfly (27.95).
Peng, a first-year Lancer, won the 50-backstroke (29.30) and 100-backstroke (1:02.06) while Basham scored victories in the 200-freestyle (2:03.60, Fukushima was second) and 50-breaststroke (32.29). Victoria Leflang won the 1,000-freestyle in 12:03.19, more than 30 seconds ahead of the second place finisher.
PCC made bookends to the meet by winning the meet-opening 200 medley relay (2:00.96), behind the swimming of Peng, Basham, Wong and Lauren Walls, and the meet-closing 400 freestyle relay in 3:57.58 thanks to Fukushima, Stephy Lao, Leflang and anchor Cheung.
ESMAEILIAN WINS TWO, MEN FINISH 0-2
Freshman Mohammad Esmaeilian won the 100-freestyle (48.48) and 200-freestyle (1:49.81) while placing second in the 50-free (22.64) but it was not enough for the PCC men's team. The Lancers lost to Cerritos, 210-56, and El Camino, 200-63.
Victor Torres took fourth in the 100-backstroke (1:04.64) and Ethan Nava was sixth in the 50-freestyle (24.42).
The Lancers will be back in action once again at the Aquatic Center on Friday-Saturday, April 4-5 when they host the 14th Pasadena Invitational meet.
[Photo--Lancer Courtney Fukushima during her 500-yard freestyle win Friday at the Aquatic Center, image by Richard Quinton, sports information photographer.]
Release Date: 03/28/14