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News: Shannon Cheung First PCC Women's Swim State Champion

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History was made Friday at the CCCAA Swimming and Diving State Championships as Pasadena City College sophomore Shannon Cheung captured the college's first-ever state title in women's swimming with her champion performance to win the 200-yard individual medley race. Cheung won in a time of 2 minutes, 6.89 seconds. The event took place on day 2 of the state meet at East Los Angeles College's Swim Stadium.

Cheung trailed after the first 50 yards and then took the lead. She held off Golden West's Melissa Bergesen (2:07.20), never losing her lead in the final 150 yards of the race. After receiving her first-place medal from PCC head coach Terry Stoddard, Cheung climbed out of the pool to hug the coach in celebration of the title. 

"Shannon has worked so hard to get to this point," Stoddard said. "It's been a long time coming to get a PCC woman in the position of winning a state title. We've had some great swimmers over the years, but Shannon is someone special. She's a two-time South Coast Conference Swimmer of the Year and she's been a big part of all of our school relay records the past two seasons. It's fitting she would be the one to reach this pinnacle."

Cheung's win highlighted a brilliant day for entire Lancers squad. The finals day 2 competition opened with PCC placing third with a school-record setting performance in the 200 medley relay. The group of Connie Peng, Arolyn Basham, Tiffany Wong and Cheung swam 1:48.68 for the first sub-1:50 mark by a PCC relay in the event. 

Peng, a freshman, then broke her own PCC school record in the 50 backstroke by placing fourth in a time of 27.09 seconds (the old mark was 27.15). Basham, a sophomore, later smashed the school record she held in the 50 breaststroke as her eighth place finish came in 30.62 seconds (her previous best 30.68). 

Ironically, Cheung's state title was not a school record as her freshman swim in that event at the 2013 state meet stands as the record at 2:06.58. Cheung won a second-place medal last year. 

The Lancers have 175 team points and currently stand in sixth place in the state standings with one more day of the state meet on Saturday. Cheung has an opportunity to win a second state title as she holds the top time this year in the 1,650 freestyle event. If PCC maintains its sixth spot, it would be the highest team finish at state in Lancers women's swim history.

[Photo--Shannon Cheung swims to history by winning the first-ever PCC state title in women's swimming with her triumph in the 200 IM, image by Richard Quinton, sports information photographer.]

Release Date: 05/03/2014
Contact: Robert Lewis , Sports Information
Phone: (626) 585-7018
Email: rmlewis@pasadena.edu