News: Cheung Captures Historic SCC, PCC Record In Winning 200 IM
In the recent history of Pasadena City College women's swimming going back to the 1990s, the Lancers had never seen one of their student-athletes own a South Coast Conference record. That was until Friday when freshman Shannon Cheung broke a 13-year-old conference record and set a new PCC school record in winning the 200-yard individual medley at the SCC Championships held at Chaffey College. Cheung's 2-minute, 8.51 seconds time shattered the previous conference record of 2:10.46 set in 2000 by Golden West's Micah Burden.
Cheung also soared past the Lancers' record set earlier this year by teammate Emily Frederick of 2:12.44 as the South Pasadena freshman shaved almost exactly six seconds off her seed time. For Cheung, that's two individual school records and two SCC event titles in two days with still the final day of the conference finals taking place Saturday, April 20.
"Shannon's 200 IM swim clearly is one of the best performances by any swimmer this season," said Lancers' head coach Terry Stoddard, who in his 14 years at PCC now has one of his own etched into the South Coast fastest records book.
"Shannon has great range and I'm very proud of her courage to venture out of her comfort zone as a sprinter and into the endurance events. Her top state times just shows her poise under pressure."
While Shannon took the headlines, other Lancers were reaching new PCC standards Friday. Frederick, a freshman, regained the school record in the 50 backstroke, winning her second conference title with a time of 28.36 seconds. Frederick had first broken the record earlier in the year, then Cheung snapped that mark at 28.89 before Emily grabbed it back with this victory. She needed the record too because Cerritos' Carla Harvey was a hand touch away in second place at 28.50.
"Shannon was one point higher than Emily at the Pasadena Invitational in overall individual scoring. That just shows you how good they both are. In any one year, having one of these swimmers would have been great, but to have two of them on the team is special."
In the 800 freestyle relay, the Lancers obliterated the previous school record set by the "Fearless Four" earlier this year. The unit of Cheung, Arolyn Basham, Paige Watroba and Frederick swam an event victory mark of 7:57.52, knocking off an incredible 18 seconds off the old record set in March at the Chaffey Invitational.
Basham broke her own school record for the second time in the 50 breaststroke, but her new PCC standard of 32.52 (32.78 previous) was good enough only for second place behind event winner Jackie Rojas of Long Beach City College at 31.11.
Watroba scored a third place medal in the 50 butterfly (28.30) and a fifth place in the 200 freestyle at 2:03.67. The Lancers stand in fifth place in the championship standings with 292.5 points as host Chaffey remains the leader with 458.
Going into today's competition, PCC has broken 14 school records this season with both Cheung and Frederick candidates for SCC Swimmer of the Year, the award being announced at the conclusion of the meet. (Note--the records will be updated in the day 3 release at the bottom of the page when it is released on Sunday.)
Day 2 results of the 2013 South Coast Conference Championships at Chaffey College at following link:
[Photo--Shannon Cheung during the breastroke leg of her SCC and PCC record setting swim to win the 200 individual medley Friday at Chaffey College, image by Richard Quinton, sports information photographer.]
Release Date: 04/20/2013