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More SCC/PCC Women's Swim Records For Cheung, Peng
The second day of the 2014 South Coast Conference Swimming and Diving Championships was yet another historic one for the Pasadena City College women's team. The Lancers obliterated three SCC records Friday to give them four conference records set thus far at Mt. San Antonio College.
The Lancers opened with a brilliant 1:50.11 time to win the 200-yard medley relay. Connie Peng, Arolyn Basham, Tiffany Wong and Shannon Cheung put together a new SCC record and new school standard, smashing the previous mark of 1:51.44 set in 2000 by Golden West (no longer a member of the conference).
Cheung then broke her own SCC record set last year by winning the 200 individual medley, mustering just enough to reach the finish in 2:07.76, only .75 of a second faster than her conference champion swim in 2013. Cheung is now a part of three separate SCC records, including two medley relays.
The freshman Peng has become Queen of the backstroke as she put on a clinic. First, she broke the SCC record in the 50-yard backstroke during the morning qualifying prelims with a blistering 27.80 seconds time. That broke the old record of 28.04 set 14 years ago by Golden West's Maja Grozdonic. But the Arcadia High product wasn't done as Peng saved her best for last with another SCC and school record to become a conference individual champion in the event at 27.20. She would need every bit of that fast swim as Mt. SAC's Kiersten Shaw swam a 27.53 to finish in second.
It was a bittersweet day for Basham as the sophomore broke the conference and PCC record with a 30.69 time in the 50 breaststroke, but only to take second as East Los Angeles' Yingfei Zhang won the event in a photo finish at 30.68. The old record was another set all the way back in 2000 by Snowie Pang of Mt. SAC (30.70). Basham beat her own school record by .83 of a second (31:52 set last year). She also placed second in this event at the '13 championships.
PCC has set eight school records in two days of the championships. The event closes with day 3 on Saturday, April 19. The Lancers are directed by head coach Terry Stoddard.
Day 2 results:
[Photo--Shannon Cheung is now a 2-time repeat champion and holds a new SCC record in winning the 200 IM, image by Richard Quinton, sports information photographer.]
Release Date: 04/18/14