RIVERSIDE, CA — The East Los Angeles College Swim & Dive team outscored four South Coast Conference rivals at the 2016 Chaffey College Invitational at Riverside City College on March 11-12.
ELAC scored 306 points. "We finished 6th overall," said ELAC Head Coach Erik Matheson. "Not bad considering one of our top swimmers (sophomore Brandy Macias) didn't compete and another only swam a couple events."
SCC teams ELAC defeated included Chaffey College (7th place/237.5 points), Rio Hondo College (8th place/177) El Camino College (9th place/125) and LA Trade Tech (11th place).
Riverside won the women's team title followed by SCC powerhouse Mt. San Antonio College who took second place.
ELAC scored the bulk of its points from individual races highlighted by freshman "Snow" Yixue Wang's (Shangdong Sports School, China) first place finish in the 100-yard butterfly.
Snow Wang swam her second-consecutive personal record in the event, which is a top-10 state time. She also won second place in two events, the 100-yard backstroke, 200-yard individual medley, both with personal records.
Not to be outdone, sophomore Alexandra Reyes (Warren High School) won second place in her first-ever 3-meter diving event edging Mt. SAC freshman Elizabeth Keane by three points. Defending state champion Emily Dunkerson of Riverside won the event.
Reyes also took third place in the 1-meter diving with her third consecutive personal record in the event.
Sophomore Yvonne Young (Mark Keppel HS) swam to three top-10 finishes. Out of 31 competitors, Young took eighth place in the 500-yard freestyle, nine seconds faster than her previous best time in the long distance event.
Young also placed ninth in two events, the 200 back and the 400-yard IM. She swam a personal record in the 200 back in which she hit the wall 0.21 of a second faster than Analise Voytilla of San Diego Mesa College.
ELAC freshman "Kiki" Jingrui Wang (Shangdong Sports School, China) swam in only two events with personal records in both, the 50-yard free and 100 free.
Sophomore Julia Soto (Garfield HS) scored in the 200 fly for the Huskies.
Freshman Lesley Perez (Schurr HS) had three personal records—the 50 free, the 100 free and the 200 breast.
Freshman Alejandra Mendoza (South Gate HS) had two personal records in the 100 and 200 breaststroke events.
Freshman Katherine Bascus-Romero (Downtown Magnet HS) also swam two personal records, the 50 free and the 100 free.
The Huskies host a South Coast Conference double dual meet on Friday March at 1 p.m. in the ELAC Swim Stadium competition pool.
ELAC, 1-1 in SCC dual meets, will face Mt. SAC (2-0) and Rio Hondo (2-0). The event is free.
story submitted by Tadzio Garcia