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News: Frederick Takes 4th, Breaks PCC Record In State Meet 100 IM

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Pasadena City College women's swimmer Emily Frederick entered the 2013 CCCAA State Championships meet looking for a new challenge. Although she held the Lancers' school record in the 100-yard individual medley on an early-season swim, Frederick abandoned that event for others later in the year and at the recent South Coast Conference Championships. 

Frederick's 1:01.23 February swim helped her be fast enough to qualify for the event held Thursday on day 1 of the meet at East Los Angeles College's Swim Stadium. The freshman Lancer passed her test in the prelims with a 1.00.44, then became the first PCC women's swimmer to ever break the 1-minute barrier on another school record 59.58 to take a fourth place medal in the 100 IM. Frederick might have even finished higher in other years, but defending state champion and Santa Rosa swimmer Alexandria Holland reset the state meet record in the race at 57.67.

Frederick's fourth place was 15 of the team's 42 points as PCC stands in 10th place in the women's standings thus far. Frederick also matched Malia Garcia's highest previous PCC women's finish in a state meet event in 2007 when Garcia set a then school standard in the 50 butterfly, also finishing in fourth place.

Frederick later helped the Lancers capture the consolation title in the 400-yard medley relay as PCC won the heat with yet another school record of 4:05.62. South Coast Conference Swimmer of the Year Shannon Cheung, sophomore Paige Watroba and freshman Arolyn Basham all did their parts to make that record possible, snapping their mark of 4:05.97 set at the SCC Finals.

Cheung, a freshman, also captured a consolation title in winning the B final heat in the 500 freestyle at 5:11.59 (not a PCC record). After a rough trip in her prelims swim, one that she won her heat but failed to qualify for the finals with a slower 5:18 time, Cheung swam closer to her school record 5:09.89 (set at the conference finals) in the consolation final. In fact, Cheung's time would have placed her fifth in the championship final.

"It was a great opening day for the squad," said PCC head coach Terry Stoddard. "Emily showed real poise in trying a more difficult event in the 100 IM, and then accomplishing a superb swim. Shannon bounced back with an excellent swim in the 500 this evening. Paige and Arolyn went all out with great splits in the medlay relay. I think we have some more big swims to come here."

PCC has broken 14 school records this season, 12 of them that were snapped not once but at least twice by this talented 2013 team. The "Fearless Four" continue to take part in events on Friday-Saturday, April 26-27.

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[Photo--Emily Frederick during her fourth place medal performance at the CCCAA State Meet held Thursday at East Los Angeles College, image by Richard Quinton, sports information photographer.]

Release Date: 04/25/2013
Contact: Robert Lewis , Sports Information
Phone: (626) 585-7018
Email: rmlewis@pasadena.edu