News: Women's Swim Battles Top SCC Individuals At ELAC
As double dual meets go, the East Los Angeles College-hosted event one Friday presented some of the toughest matchups for the Pasadena City College women's swim team in South Coast Conference competition. PCC went up against SCC kingpin Mt. San Antonio and collectively faced several of the conference's best individual swimmers from both ELAC and Mt. SAC.
While PCC showed its worth by winning six events, Mt. SAC downed the Lancers, 153-118, while Pasadena defeated East LA, 147-98. The Lancers (3-1 in SCC duals) individually had the first-place swimmer in the opening five events and led the Mounties in overall scoring, 66-65, early in the meet. Mt. SAC leads the conference at 5-0. ELAC fell to 1-5.
By meet's end, Mt. SAC had five winners and the Huskies, a program that is in its first few years, totaled four event wins.
PCC sophomore leader Shannon Cheung swam an explosive 24.66 second anchor leg as the Lancers (1:53.47) edged Mt. SAC (1:54.55) to win the meet-opening 200-yard medley relay. Cheung's time in the final leg was the third fastest split ever in that event by a Lancer, according to 15-year head coach Terry Stoddard.
Cheung later won the 1,000-freestyle (10:49.90), swam her personal best taking first in the 200-freestyle (1:57.47), and won the 500-freestyle in 5:19.15. The Lancers other event wins came in the 50-backstroke by freshman Connie Peng, pictured in release, (28.55) and in the 50-breaststroke by sophomore Arolyn Basham (32.60). Peng scored a second in the 100-backstroke (1:02.11) and Basham a second in the 100 individual medley (1:05.79). Basham, the school record holder in the 50 and 100 breaststroke last season, took third in the 100 event with a sharp 1:10.41.
"I am really proud of the girls because of their team unity and spirit," Stoddard said. "They came to win, but came up a little short v. Mt. SAC. We are swimming better than ever at this point of the season."
The Lancers men dropped a 232-36 decision against a deep Mt. SAC team in their dual at ELAC. The Huskies only field a women's swim team.
Mt. SAC's Bennett Yuan edged PCC's top swimmer Mohammed Esmaeilian in the 50-yard freestyle, 21.62 to 22.44. Esmaeilian also settled for second in the 100 freestyle in a photo finish as the Lancer freshman's 48.26 was barely behind Yuan's winning 48.24 mark.
Luis Morales was second in the combined 1-meter and 3-meter diving with 118.55 points.
On Friday, Mar. 28, the PCC swim teams host a double dual v. Cerritos and El Camino Colleges at the Aquatic Center. First events begin at 12:30 p.m.
Release Date: 03/22/2014