By Jorge Lopez
The swimming and diving team stunned Long Beach City and El Camino colleges at the double-dual meet held at Long Beach on Friday, taking the huskies to a 4-1 record in dual-meet competitition .
They beat the Vikings, 63-59, and the Warriors, 67-60. The meet got off to a great start in the 200-yard medley, when the Husky A-team, composed of Alexandra Gonzalez, Beisi Li, Martha Rivas and Veronica Pelayo, began putting points on the board with a second-place finish.
Another second-place finish came soon after in the 200 freestyle by Christina Burrola. Edith Rivas gained the top spot for East Los Angles College, placing first in the 50 backstroke.
Edith swam her fastest time of the season, completing the 50 in 33.77 seconds. “I think that it has been the best performance so far,” said Edith.
Edith followed this with another first-place finish in the 100 back, followed by Gonzalez who placed second in the same heat. Li also helped rack up points for the Huskies when she placed second in both the 50 and 100 breaststroke events. Pelayo finished third in the 100 breast.
Li was able to swim her fastest times in these events, 35.16 in the 50 and 1:16.78 minutes in the 100. Martha added points when she placed second in the 100 butterfly edging competitors from LBCC. With each of the schools edging one another for top spots, every point and finishing position became crucial for the Huskies.
In the 100 individual medley Li and Gonzalez came in third and fourth place, respectively swimming to their fastest times in the event. Li finished in 1:13.90 while Gonzalez tapped the wall in 1:14.53.
Desiree Alejandre also improved her time in the 100 IM. Other swimmers who improved their times for were Ashley Jauregui and Michelle Sierra in the 1000 freestyle. Lyz Ruvalcaba and Krysten Aguilar clocked in their fastest times for the 200 freestyle. Another new best time came with a three-four finish in the 500 freestyle by Burrola and Ruvalcaba.
In addition to those new times set, Burrola and Sierra also improved in the 100 freestyle. It eventually came down to the 400 freestyle relay, which would determine who would finish on top.
In the end, it was the Husky A-team, composed of Burrola, Edith Rivas, Genesis Hermosillo and Pelayo, who secured both victories with a second place finish, edging out the viking swimmer. “I’m ecstatic about it. I didn’t think we’d beat Long Beach going into it. I thought we had a chance but wasn’t sure about it. The girls stepped up and performed,” said coach Erik Matheson.
The Huskies previously lost to both teams at the Mt. SAC Invite in February. The ELAC swimming and diving team will travel to Pasadena City College on Friday, as they compete in a double-dual meet against Cerritos and Pasadena at 12:30 p.m.