News: PCC Divers Make A Splash At SCC/SoCal Championships
The 2013 season for Pasadena City College divers culminated with season-best performances for the Lancers at the South Coast Conference/Southern California Championships held April 12-13 at El Camino College.
Lancer women's frosh diver Gwen McKinley put up a season-best score of 147.35 points to take third place in the South Coast Conference 3-meter board competition. McKinley finished tied for sixth place in the SCC in the 1-meter board with 130.30.
"In the 3-meter, Gwen finished every dive vertical and looked so graceful she drew applause from the crowd on several dives," said PCC head coach Terry Stoddard. "The judges liked what they saw and scored her high on every attempt."
On the 1-meter diving, Stoddard said, "Gwen improved steadily all season her first year in the sport. Her last three dives were her best three of the competition to give her a season-best score."
In men's 3-meter diving, freshman Lancer Chris Anderson hit his season-best score of 177.45 points to take third place. Anderson (from Monroe High) did not participate in the 1-meter diving due to a prior personal commitment on Saturday.
Anderson's score was 13th best out of 40 overall Southern California divers, the largest men's field in region diving history.
"After hitting his head on the board at the Cerritos meet (March 28), which required five stitches, Chris became very focused on finishing the season with a flurry. He nailed his entry on his last two dives to pass two of his opponents at the end. It was a great finish for him to come all the way back to take third place."
The season has concluded for McKinley and Anderson as only the top 10 scoring divers (two alternates) qualify in each gender and each board for the CCCAA State Championships. The points scored by the pair will contribute toward the final PCC team scores at the South Coast Conference Swim Championships that will be held April 18-20 at Chaffey College.
[Photos--Chris Anderson (left) and Gwen McKinley (right) both took third place at the South Coast Conference Diving Championships held April 12-13 at El Camino College (Torrance), images created by Richard Quinton, sports information photographer.]
Release Date: 04/15/2013