Frederick Shatters 2 School Swim Records At Season-Opening SCC Pentathlon
In the history of Pasadena City College athletics, it is hard to find a student-athlete with a more dynamic collegiate debut than women's freshman swimmer Emily Frederick. On Friday, Feb. 15, the Lancers opened the 2013 season in the South Coast Conference Pentathlon held at East Los Angeles College's Swim Stadium.
Frederick won an amazing four different stroke events and in the process broke two school records in the 100-yard individual medley and 50-yard backstroke. Frederick, who was home-schooled and swam for a Monrovia club team in her prep years, captured the 100 IM with a new PCC standard of 1 minute, 1.23 seconds, breaking the previous mark of 1:02.60 set just last year by Mikela Velasquez.
Her 29.16 seconds mark in the 50-back eclipsed the mark of 29.37 set by Joelle Johnson in 2004. Frederick also won the 50-butterfly in a time of 27.13, just .04 of a second shy of Malia Garcia's school record in 2008 (27.09). Finally, Frederick won the 100-freestyle in 54.75, which is only .44 off the PCC record set two years ago by Julia Warden (54.31).
Frederick's accomplishments overshadowed another strong PCC/college debut by Arolyn Basham, a member of the La Salle High CIF Southern Section Division 4 champion team in her senior prep season last year. Basham won the 50-yard breaststroke and tied a 17-year old PCC record set by Mary Morgan (1996) of 32.84 seconds. Frederick took fourth in that event. Basham also was second to Frederick in the 50-butterfly at 28.30.
Shannon Cheung, from South Pasadena, placed second in three events and third in one other. Cheung swam 1:03.87 in the 100 IM, 29.45 in the 50-backstroke, 56.20 in the 100-free and was third in the 50-fly at 28.33.
Paige Watroba, a returning sophomore out of Laguna Beach High, completes the tiny four-person squad of Lancers' swimmers. However, the team is also carrying divers in Shelby Gregg and Claire Nolan (both from Crescenta Valley High), and Gwen McKinley, who scored 120.70 points to finish sixth at the SCC Pentathlon 1-meter diving held at El Camino College on Saturday.
Although the swim meet was a non-scoring event, the Lancers would have won the team standings with the most overall points despite the small numbers participating.
MEN'S TEAM OPENS 2013 SEASON
Stephen To, the returning CCCAA state champion in the 200-yard butterfly, won the 100-butterfly (52.80 seconds) for the lone PCC men's team event win at the SCC Penthatlon.
Sophomore Michael Chiodo swam third in the 100-backstroke (58.99) and was fifth in the 200 individual medley (2:03.13), finishing a full second behind To's third place swim in the event. To (San Marino High) and Chiodo (Kennedy High) are the team's co-captains.
Christopher Anderson finished an impressive third place in the 3-meter diving with 168.70 points while taking fourth in the 1-meter dive (154.20 points) at the SCC Pentathlon Diving held Feb. 16.
Darrin Smith (Maranatha High), Michael Fuller (from Idaho), and Tanick Nitinthorn (Temple City High) are freshmen swimmers who round out the Lancers' men's squad.
"We have two smaller groups in the men and women, but the quality of our athletes are up," said PCC head coach Terry Stoddard. "It's a close-knit group that trains very well together. The potential is there to score strong at the state meet. To is an exceptional returning swimmer on the men's side. All four of our women are outstanding talents in the pool. One other thing we do have this year is divers in both genders, which is always a plus in team scoring."
[Photo--Emily Frederick is seen here during her PCC record-setting victory in the 50-yard backstroke at the SCC Pentathlon held Friday at East Los Angeles College, image by Richard Quinton, sports information photographer.]