PCC Women's Swim Best Finish Ever, Placed No. 8 At State Meet
No season in the history of Pasadena City College women's swimming compares to the just completed 2013 campaign. The Lancers caught fire at the CCCAA State Championships as its tiny 4-swimmer contingent scored the highest state finish in school history in eighth place. The event took place April 25-27 at the East Los Angeles College Swim Stadium.
The Lancers set 14 school records this year and added to their top 10 state finish with the highest placing ever in an individual event. Shannon Cheung, the South Coast Conference Swimmer of the Year, took second in the 200-yard individual medley on Friday.
Cheung broke the school record in the event with an outstanding 2:06.58. The Lancers would later place sixth in the 200 medley relay with another PCC record of 1:51.64. In that race, Cheung opened with a new PCC record of 28.03 in the 50-yard backstroke. Frederick won the consolation title or B final race in the 50 back, but her time of 28.10 while her personal best fell just short of Cheung's mark.
Also on Friday, the Lancers grabbed a fourth-place medal in the 800 freestyle relay with a time of 7:58.30, just a little shy of their school record at the conference finals (7:57.52). Arolyn Basham was 12th in the 50-yard breaststroke at 32.25, a little slower than her school record also set at the SCC finals.
On the meet's final day Saturday, Cheung secured a seventh place medal with non-school record 1:00.32 in the 100 backstroke. It was then Frederick's turn to grab the spotlight again when she swam a new PCC standard taking a fifth place medal in the 100 freestyle of 52.38. It was the third time this season that Frederick broke that event's record. Basham again scored 12th in the 100 breaststroke at 1:09.60. She did not catch her own school record in that event.
And the season would end fittingly enough with a school record swim in the 400 freestyle relay as the Lancers' "Fearless Four" of Cheung, Basham, Paige Watroba, and Frederick rang up a sixth place medal at 3:38.60.
PCC finished with seven top 8 medals and three consolation B Final heat victories.
"For all the great performances turned in by both Shannon and Emily, we couldn't do any of this without Paige swimming her best splits of the year, and Arolyn going after it during the relays," said a proud PCC head coach Terry Stoddard at the conclusion of the meet.
"The best thing to happen to Shannon was having that first setback in her first prelims race. After that, she brought her performance to the highest level. She came a hand touch away from winning the 200 IM. Emily is such a talent that she showed here that she more than belongs with some of the best swimmers in the state. What's great about this group is that they acted the same here like they would in any other meet. That's important in being focused on wanting to compete. This was an incredible group of swimmers."
[Photo--The Lancers swam to a school-best eighth place at CCCAA State Championships. Here they are with their medals from the final 400 freestyle relay race. (from left to right)--Emily Frederick, Shannon Cheung, Arolyn Basham, and Paige Watroba, image by Richard Quinton, sports information photographer.]