NORWALK, CA — The East Los Angeles College swim & dive team placed fifth in the South Coast Conference Championships three-day event winning the most individual medals since the program returned in the fall semester of 2011.
ELAC recorded 20 personal records and 13 Huskies qualified in the championship medal rounds. The 13 individual medals surpasses the nine won last year and in 2012. In addition, five Huskies qualified for the consolation championship rounds.
“Snow” Yixue Wang (Shangdong Sports School, China) won the 100-yard backstroke. This is the third-consecutive year ELAC has won an individual SCC championship.
All-American’s “Alice” Yingfei Zhang was the 2015 SCC champion in the 200-yard breaststroke and Wenning Shen was the 2015 champion in the 200 back. Zhang won two SCC titles in 2014 in both the 50-yard butterfly and the 50 breaststroke.
Snow Wang also won second place in the 200-yard back, with a personal record. Wenning Shen set a new SCC record in the event set last year, which still stands. Snow Wang placed third in the 200 individual medley. She swam a personal record in the event during the prelims round.
“One of the highlights of the weekend was a third place finish in the 800-yard freestyle relay, a difficult event,” said Coach Erik Matheson.
It was a three-team race for third place after the first leg, 200 yards, with El Camino College leading Long Beach City College by 14 seconds and ELAC less than a second behind. ELAC moved ahead of Long Beach by more than six seconds after the second leg (400 meters).
ELAC moved ahead of El Camino by less than half-of-a-second in the fourth leg at 650 yards. With the crowd screaming though the finish, ELAC tapped the wall with a third place finish.
The ELAC team recorded a personal record and an unofficial school record with its finish of 8:48.06 minutes. The previous unofficial school record was 9:20.31. ELAC’s relay medalists included sophomores Yvonne Young (Mark Keppel HS) and Brandy Macias (Bell Gardens HS) and freshman “Kiki” Jingrui Wang (Shangdong Sports School) and Snow Wang.
Sophomore Alexandra Reyes (Warren HS) won second place in the women’s 3-meter diving with a personal record & fifth place in the 1-meter diving. Reyes learned both events this season.
The Huskies won fourth place in the 200 Medley Relay with a personal record with Young, freshman Alejandra Mendoza (South Gate HS), Kiki Wang and Snow Wang.
Young won three individual medals to end her ELAC career with medals in the 500-yard free (fifth place), the 400-yard individual medley (sixth place) and the 200 back (seventh place).
Macias earned medals in the 200 free (sixth), the 500-yard free (seventh) and the 1650-yard free (eighth). “Brandy (Macias) started the season in sprints then realized she was excelled at distance (events) like the mile,” said ELAC Swim & Dive Head Coach Erik Matheson.
Mendoza won two individual medals in the 100/200 breaststroke events (eighth and seventh places, respectively). Zhang set the SCC Championships meet record in the 200 breast last year, which still stands.
The Huskies took seventh place in the 400-yard medley relay with Young, Mendoza, Kiki Wang and Macias with a 2016 personal record and eighth place in the 400 free relay with Macias, Mendoza, sophomore Julia Soto (Garfield HS) and Young.
ELAC consolation championships results included Mendoza’s 12th place finish in the 200 IM, Kiki Wang’s 13th place in the 50-yard free, Soto in the 100-yard butterfly (13th) and 200 butterfly (14th) and freshman Biby Hernandez (Lincoln HS) in the 400 IM (15th place).
According to Matheson, the Huskies ended the season with many personal best times. Huskies that recorded individual personal records were Hernandez (3), Macias (3), Mendoza (3), Soto (3), Young (3), Kiki Wang (1), Snow Wang (2) and Reyes (1).
Non-finalists Lesley Perez (Schurr HS) and Katherine Bascus-Romero (Downtown Magnet HS) recorded three and two personal records, respectively.
According to Matheson five Huskies recorded personal records in the preliminary rounds, rose to the occasion, and did the same later in the day in the championship rounds—Macias (3), Young (3), Mendoza (2), Hernandez (1) and Soto (1).
2016 Women’s SCC Championships Meet Results
1. Mt San Antonio College 649
2. Pasadena City College 552
3. Cerritos College 531
4. Chaffey College 412
5. East Los Angeles College 338
6. Long Beach City College 309
7. El Camino College 261
8. Rio Hondo College 237
9. Los Angeles Trade Tech 83
story submitted by Tadzio Garcia