LOS ANGELES, CA — The Huskies swim & dive team won twice in South Coast Conference double-dual meet competition against crosstown city rival LA Trade Tech, 183-62, and 153-80 against El Camino College.
The dual meets were hosted by Trade Tech. The swimming events were in the Trade Tech pool today and the diving events were at El Camino College yesterday.
ELAC won nine of the 15 events including the 1-meter women’s diving event. ELAC sophomore Alexandra Reyes (Warren HS) won first place with 96 points. “I’ve improved the difficulty of my dives,” said Reyes. “My score can improve with more experience with these dives.”
The addition of more difficult dives for Reyes as well as different events for the rest of the team is a strategy ELAC Coach Erik Matheson used in these meets that paid off with ELAC’s results.
“This meet we tried some variations during a period of building up (speed) before Spring Break,” said Matheson. “We will make the final decision at the end of the season before the SCC finals.”
Top placers at the SCC finals advance to the State finals in May, to be held at ELAC.
Other first place winners in the double-dual meet included freshman “Kiki” Jingrui Wang (Shangdong Sports School, China) who won the 100-yard breaststroke and the 100 freestyle each with a personal record and freshman Snow “Yixue” Wang (Shangdong Sports School) who won the 50-yard free and the 200-yard individual medley.
In addition, sophomore Brandy Macias (Bell Gardens HS) took first place in the 200 free; Alejandra Mendoza (South Gate HS) won first in the 200 breast with a personal record.
In the opening event today, the Huskies won first and second place in the 200-yard medley relay. After two events (the diving yesterday and the medley relay), ELAC held a commanding lead, 24 points more than Trade Tech and 22 more than El Camino.
Winning first in the medley were the team of sophomore Yvonne Young (Mark Keppel HS) who opened with the backstroke and freshman Kiki Wang who swam the second leg breaststroke.
Also, freshman Snow Wang who swam the third leg butterfly and Macias who swam the final freestyle leg.
ELAC swept the relays by also winning the 400-yard free relay with the team of Macias, Mendoza, Young and Reyes.
Young also won second place in the 100 back and the 500-yard free. Mendoza also took two second places, the 100 breast and the 200 free. Snow Wang won second place in the 200 back.
Reyes won second place in the 1000-yard free while Macias placed third in the 500 free.
Freshman Biby Hernandez (Lincoln HS) swam a personal record in the 100 fly in a second place finish. Hernandez placed third in the 100 fly.
Sophomore Julia Soto (Garfield HS) placed third in the 50 free while freshman Katherine Bascus-Romero (Downtown Magnet HS) took third in the 50 free in 41.26 seconds followed by teammate freshman Lesley Perez (Schurr HS) hitting the wall in 41.71 for fourth place.
With ELAC’s first, third and fourth place finishes in the 50 free; ELAC outscored El Camino College 14-4 in the event.
Current SCC Double Dual Meet Standings
6-0 Pasadena City College
6-0 Mt. SAC
4-2 Cerritos College
4-2 Chaffey College
1-5 El Camino
1-5 Long Beach College
1-5 Rio Hondo College
0-6 Trade Tech
SCC dual meets end on Friday April 1. ELAC will be at Cerritos College for a double-dual meet with host Cerritos and Chaffey College.
The Huskies end their regular season next week during Spring Break in the Pasadena Invitational at Pasadena City College on April 8-9.
story submitted by Tadzio Garcia