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News: Men's Swimmer Esmaeilian Wins 3 Freestyles At Marin Invite

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Mohammed Esmaeilian swept three freestyle sprints for the Pasadena City College men's swim team, the lone Southern California participant at the NorCal-based, 9th Mariner Invitational meet hosted by College of Marin on March 8.

Esmaeilian (pictured) won the 50-yard freestyle (22.56 seconds), the 200-free (1:47.67) and the 100-free (48.65) against competitors from eight North region teams. The freshman is fast becoming one of the state's top freestyle specialists. 

Luis Morales was a surprise winner of the 1-meter diving competition with 103.65 points. Ethan Nava placed 10th in the 50-free (24.35) while Victor Torres was 10th in the 100-backstroke (1:06.87). The PCC men placed fifth overall at the 7-team scoring event.

In the Lancers' annual dual meet at Diablo Valley College on March 7, PCC lost 96-21, but Esmaeilian swam slightly faster times than at Marin. He won the 100-free at 48.49, placed second in the 50-free (22.55) and was third in the 500-free (5:08.87). 

For the PCC women's team, sophomore star Shannon Cheung captured three event wins in the Lancers' 78-44 loss at DVC. Cheung won the 1,000-yard freestyle in 10:44.97, the 100-backstroke (1:02.96) and the 200 individual medley (2:17.62). Connie Peng won the 50-backstroke (29.20) and took second place in both the 100-back (1:03.17) and 50-butterfly (28.31). Arolyn Basham swam to third place in each of the 50-breaststroke (33.02) and 100-breaststroke (1:14.42). 

PCC placed second out of eight teams at the 9th Mariner Invitational. The freshman Peng continued her improving times in the 50-backstroke, scoring a victory at 29.01 while taking second in the 50-free (26.82). Basham won the 50-breaststroke in a 32.67 clip and was third in the 100 IM (1:07.43) and 100-free (58.28).

Cheung received stiff competition despite winning the 100 IM at 1:03.73. She was second in the 100-free (56.63) and third in the 200-free (2:01.25). DVC's Lauren Woods swam 53.71 to win the 100-free. Diablo Valley won the team meet title.

PCC head coach Terry Stoddard has allowed Cheung the opportunity to swim in a variety of different events during the non-conference invitational meets and the letterman has a bucket full of first-place medals thus far to her credit in 2014.

Victoria Leflang was fourth in the 500-freestyle (5:53.96) and Tiffany Wong took fourth in both the 50-free (27.25) and 100 IM (1:07.65). The team's 200 medley relay of Peng, Basham, Wong and Cheung took second at 1:55.42 and the 200 freestyle relay of Courtney Fukushima, Stephy Lao, Leflang and Lauren Walls placed third at 1:55.85. 

On Friday, Mar. 14, the Lancers will face Chaffey and host Long Beach City in a South Coast Conference double dual meet. 

Release Date: 03/12/2014
Contact: Robert Lewis , Sports Information
Phone: (626) 585-7018
Email: rmlewis@pasadena.edu