News: PCC Women's Swim Poised For CCCAA State Championships
Led by two-time, South Coast Conference Swimmer of the Year Shannon Cheung, the Pasadena City College women's swim team is poised to set a few new heights for the program when it participates in the CCCAA State Championships Thursday-Saturday, May 1-3 at East Los Angeles College.
Cheung is the state's top seed in both the 200-yard individual medley and 1,650 freestyle while holding California's No. 2 time in the 500 freestyle. Cheung is attempting to become PCC's first-ever state champion in women's swimming. Cheung holds the school records in both events with her 200 IM time of 2:06.58 (second place at the 2013 state meet) and her 17:42.91, a South Coast Conference record set at the SCC Championships on April 19.
Freshman sensation Connie Peng is also a candidate to win a state title behind her two No. 2-in-the-state seed marks in the 100 backstroke and 100 butterfly. Peng is the fourth seed in the 50 backstroke.
Sophomore Arolyn Basham also qualified for three state meet events with top 10 marks in the 100 IM (fourth), 50 breaststroke (sixth) and 100 breaststroke (10th). Freshman Tiffany Wong made the cut in the 100 IM (16th) and 100 butterfly (13th).
PCC qualified for four relays, the 400 medley (third), the 200 freestyle (fifth), the 200 medley (fifth), and 400 freestyle (ninth).
The Lancers placed a school-best eighth last year at the state meet, and a scoring psych sheet created based on seed times for teams at state estimates PCC could finish in sixth at this weekend's championships.
"Shannon has prepared herself to swim her best at the state meet," said PCC head coach Terry Stoddard. "There are no guarantees when you are competing against the top swimmers around the state, but Shannon has the experience from last year here. In the relays, we've been blessed to have a great breaststroke swimmer in Arolyn who has been vital to our record swims. Connie has kind of come out of nowhere to get where she is. She couldn't have swam better than her performance at the SCC Championships (named Tri-Swimmer of the Year with Cheung and Mt. San Antonio's Rosemary Garcia."
[Photo--PCC women's swim relay squad with head coach Terry Stoddard and assistant coach Cario Liu.]
Release Date: 04/30/2014