WALNUT, CA — The East Los Angeles College Swim & Dive team outscored five South Coast Conference rivals at the 2016 Mt. San Antonio College Invitational and placed 7th out of 16 teams at the three-day event.
The 2015 CCCAA state runner up Orange Coast College won the women’s team title.
ELAC edged 8th place winner El Camino College by nine points. The Huskies also defeated SCC rivals Chaffey, Cerritos Long Beach City and L.A. Trade Tech colleges.
On Thursday, ELAC sophomore Alexandra Reyes placed seventh in the 1-meter diving event and recorded a personal record of 80.95 points, up from 50.90 points she scored last week.
Top-20 results and personal records came from 11 Huskies in 23 swimming events that averaged approximately 50 athletes per event.
Freshman Yixue “Snow” Wang (Shandong Sports School, China) swam the best individual results for ELAC.
Not far behind was freshman Jingrui “Kiki” Wang (Shandong Sports School, China).
“Snow” Wang placed third in the 50-yard backstroke that had 45 women competing from throughout the state. Her time gave her a state ranking as one of the best in the event in California.
She also had several personal records some of which were the 50-yard butterfly (8th place), the 10-yard fly (8th), the 200-yard backstroke (9th), the 200 fly (10th), the 200 breaststroke (18th), the 100 back and the 100 freestyle.
Kiki” Wang swam personal records in the 50 breast (9th place), the 50 free and the 100 breast.
Other freshman who recorded personal records included Biby Hernandez (Lincoln HS) in the 50 back, the 100 breast and the 100 free, Lesley Perez (Schurr HS) in the 50 and 100 breast events and Ashley Rodriguez (Schurr HS) in the 50 breast.
Sophomore Brandy Macias (Bell Gardens) swam her fastest times this year in the 50 fly, the 50 free, the 100 breast and the 500-yard free. She placed 8th in the 1650-yard free.
Sophomore Julia Soto (Garfield HS) recorded three personal records in the 500 free, the 100 fly and the 200 free.
Sophomore Yvonne Young (Mark Keppel HS) had personal records in the 50 back and the 200 individual medley. She placed 16th in the 400-yard IM, and 19th in the 100 back.
The Huskies scored most of their points in the Invitational in the relays, highlighted by an 11th place finish and personal record and in the 400-yard free relay.
The team consists of freshman Alejandra Mendoza (South Gate HS), Kiki Wang, Young and Snow Wang.
The Huskies begin South Coast Conference play in a three-way meet with Pasadena City and with Long Beach City colleges at 12:30 p.m. on Friday, March 4 at Pasadena City College.
story submitted by Tadzio Garcia