Huskies Move to 3-1

Huskies Move to 3-1

MONTEREY PARK, Calif.—The swimming and diving team split a double dual meet at home and remain tied for second place in the South Coast Conference dual meet standings with a 3-1 record.

The Huskies defeated Chaffey College 162-105 while losing to Pasadena City College, 158-113, at the Swim Stadium on Friday, March 13. 

East Los Angeles College held a lead against Pasadena the first half of the meet, but couldn't close out. Pasadena won six of the final seven events. 

ELAC All-American sophomore Wenning Shen won the lone Husky event during the Pasadena rally, the 200-yard backstroke. Shen swam a personal record and won the event five seconds faster than second place finisher sophomore Connie Peng of Pasadena.

"We had some great swims/diving, especially early on in the meet," said ELAC Head Coach Erik Matheson. "We began by placing first in the 200-yard Medley Relay."

The ELAC "A" team defeated Pasadena with a personal record for the win in the 200 medley relay.

The winning Huskies were Shen in the backstroke leg, sophomores Beisi Li (breaststroke leg) and All-American Alice Fei Zhang (butterfly leg) and freshman Ameyali Martinez (freestyle leg) who tapped the wall 0.44 of a second faster than the Pasadena "A" team.

ELAC freshman Ashley Cortez was the only women's diver that completed all dives. She won first place also tying her personal best record.

Other Husky first places finishes were Shen in the 100-yard back again beating Peng for the win and Zhang in the 100-yard breast and 200-yard fly. 

Li swam three individual personal records. She is getting back into the form she had when she was the top swimmer on the 2012 team.

Li trimmed almost two seconds off her previous fastest time in the 200-yard breast and 1.1 seconds off her previous best 100 breast event. Li also swam a personal record in the 500-yard free. Martinez swam a personal record in the 50-yard free.

The Huskies compete in a SCC double dual meet against Cerritos College and host El Camino 12:30 p.m. on Friday.

-Story by Tazdio Garcia

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