PASADENA, CA — The East Los Angeles College swim & dive team, minus one of its top swimmers, placed 15th in the 16th annual Pasadena Invitational competing against top teams statewide.
The Invitational is a foretaste to the state finals, held in early May in the ELAC Swim Stadium.
Orange Coast College won the women’s team title for the seventh time in the last eight years. The Huskies outscored 16th place winner College of the Sequoias by eight points.
With freshman Jingrui “KiKi” Wang (Shangdong Sports School, China) not in the ELAC lineup, the Huskies adjusted their events. With their improved times the Huskies outscored San Diego Mesa College for the first time this season.
Sophomore Alexandra Reyes (Warren High School) had a big day for the Huskies. She scored about 25 percent of ELAC’s points. Reyes placed fifth in the 3-meter dive with a personal record. She placed eighth in the 1-meter dive.
Sophomore Brandy Macias (Bell Gardens HS) won second place in the 1650-yard freestyle consolation championship, 10th overall.
The Huskies placed fifth in the 800-yard free relay consolation finals, 13th overall, and defeated the El Camino team in the process. The ELAC team consisted of Macias, freshman Alejandra Mendoza (South Gate HS), sophomore Yvonne Young (Mark Keppel HS) and freshman Snow “Yixue” Wang (Shangdong Sports School).
The Huskies placed sixth in the consolation finals of the 200-yard free relay, 14th overall, with Macias in the opening leg, followed by Mendoza, Young and Snow Wang in the final leg who hit the wall 18/100’s of a second faster than LA Valley College freshman Argentina Bonilla did.
ELAC also placed sixth, 14th overall, in the 400-yard medley relay with Young in the opening backstroke leg, Mendoza in the breaststroke, Snow Wang in the butterfly and Macias in the free.
Snow Wang placed fourth in the consolation finals of the 200 backstroke and 12th overall. She has a top-20 statewide time in this event as well as in the 200 back. Snow Wang hit the wall 33/100’s faster than sophomore Ashley Lamascus of College of the Sequoias.
Other ELAC consolation finalists, each eighth place winners, 16th overall, were Julia Soto (Garfield HS) in the butterfly, Young (400 individual medley) and Snow Wang in the 200 IM.
The Huskies placed 16th in the 400 free relay with Katherine Bascus-Romero (Downtown Magnet HS), Biby Hernandez (Lincoln HS), Lesley Perez (Schurr HS) and Soto.
The Invitational had several meet and pool records. ELAC All-American “Alice” Yingfei Zhang’s 2015 meet and pool records in the 200 breaststroke held up. Mendoza placed 18th in the event.
Reyes will compete in the combined South Coast Conference Diving championships / Southern Regional Diving Championships 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 East Los Angeles College.
story submitted by Tadzio Garcia