NORWALK, CA — The Huskies swim & dive team ended South Coast Conference dual meet competition with a close loss 146-126 to host Cerritos College and a 157-106 upset loss to Chaffey College. Upstart Chaffey also upset Cerritos, 153-122.
The Huskies previously defeated Chaffey three times this season in Invitational competition.
ELAC opened with the lead after the first three events, but Chaffey dominated the 100-yard races to take a commanding lead against both schools.
ELAC won the opening two events, the 200-yard medley relay and the 1,000-yard freestyle and led with 20 points to El Camino’s 11 points and Chaffey’s three.
The Huskies relay consisted of Yvonne Young’s (Mark Keppel HS) backstroke, Alejandra Mendoza’s (South Gate) breaststroke, Snow “Yixue” Wang (Shangdong Sports School, China) in the butterfly and Kiki “Jingrui” Wang (Shangdong Sports School) in the free.
ELAC’s Brandy Macias (Bell Gardens HS) won the 1,000 free and hit the wall 15 seconds faster than second place winner Lucila Davies of Cerritos.
Other ELAC highlights included Snow Wang winning two individual events, the 200-yard fly and the 200 individual medley. Snow Wang has the 17th-fastest time in the state in the 200 IM.
Young won the 200 back and placed third in the 100 back.
Mendoza won second place in each the 100 and 200 breaststroke events. Kiki Wang placed third in the 50-yard free and third in the 200 free. She tapped the wall 34/100’s of a second faster than fourth place winner Vanessa Perez of Cerritos.
ELAC’s Alexandra Reyes (Warren HS) won third place in the 1-meter dive. She continues to compete in new, more difficult, dives.
Macias also took second and fourth place, respectively, in the 500-yard and 100 free events. She was the busiest Husky of the day and swam a total of 1,700 yards in four events.
Highlights from ELAC non-scorers included Julia Soto (Garfield HS) taking sixth in the 100 fly, Biby Hernandez (Lincoln HS) finishing seventh in the 100 fly, Katherine Bascus-Romero (Downtown Magnet HS) taking ninth in two events, the 100 back and 100 free, and, Lesley Perez (Schurr HS) winning ninth place in the 100 breast.
Mt. SAC snapped Pasadena City College’s SCC 18-dual meet win streak with a 138-136 win today. The Mounties won the SCC dual-meet competition as a result.
Final SCC Double Dual Meet Standings
8-0 Mt. SAC
7-1 Pasadena City
3-5 Rio Hondo College
2-6 Long Beach College
1-7 El Camino College
0-8 Trade Tech
All SCC teams will compete in the Pasadena Invitational, April 8-9 at Pasadena City College in their final tune-up before the SCC Tournament Championships.
The combined SCC diving championships and Southern Regional finals are on April 15-16 at El Camino College.
The SCC swimming championships are April 21-23 at Cerritos College. Top finishers advance to the state finals on May 5-7 at the ELAC Swim Stadium.
story submitted by Tadzio Garcia