All-American Alice Fei Zhang swam an East Los Angeles College school record in the women’s 500 yard freestyle in a 144-127 upset victory against Cerritos College in a double-dual meet on March 20.
The Huskies won six events and added four second place finishes, but it was not enough to defeat host El C amino in a 150-121 loss also at the double-dual meet.
Zhang, a sophomore, also swam an ELAC record in the 50-yard butterfly relay split (the third leg) of the 200-yard medley relay helping the Huskies take second place to Cerritos’ third.
The relay also included All-American Wenning Shen in the backstroke first leg followed by sophomore Beisi Li (breaststroke) and freshman Ameyali Martinez (free).
ELAC’s first place winners were Zhang, in the 500 free, the 100-yard and the 200-yard butterfly events and Shen in the 100-yard back, the 200-yard back and the 200-yard individual medley. Shen swam a personal record in t he 200 individual medley.
Martinez placed second in the 100 and 200-yard free. Martinez added a third place notch in the 50-yard free.
ELAC took second in the 400-yard free relay. The ELAC “A” team included sophomores Yvonne Young and Carmen Portillo as well as freshmen Brandy Macias and Wendy Centeno.
The freshmen laden ELAC “B” team placed fifth and consisted of Ashley Alfaro, Julia Soto, Sarina Almengor and Genesis Flores.
Alfaro (200 individual medley), Almengor (100, 200 breast) and Flores (100, 200 free) each swam personal records.
Other personal records were from Portillo (200, 500 free), Li (200 breast) and freshman Alex Reyes (1000 free).
The ELAC diving team missed out on scoring. Freshman Ashley Cortez did not compete in the meet while freshman Vivian Huynh missed one of her dives, which kept her from a third place finish. Cortez won first place in the 1-meter diving event March 13 in the double-dual meet against Pasadena City and Chaffey colleges.
With the upset win against Cerritos, the Huskies avoided a three-way tie for fourth place in the SCC double-dual meet standings. The Huskies are tied for third place with El Camino.
The Huskies close out SCC play in a their last double-dual meet of the season against Mt. San Antonio College and Long Beach City College at 12:30 p.m. on March 27 in Long Beach.
Current Double-Dual Meet SCC Standings (Women’s)
5-1, Mt. SAC
4-2, El Camino
3-3, Long Beach
1-5, Rio Hondo
0-6, Trade Tech
--By Tadzio Garcia