Swim and dive team kicks through regular season

BACKSTROKE FLIP—Irene Young makes her turn in the 100-yard backstroke event. She is the No. 5-seed in a field of 18 athletes in the event at the South Coast Conference finals this Saturday. CN/TADZIO GARCIA
BACKSTROKE FLIP—Irene Young makes her turn in the 100-yard backstroke event. She is the No. 5-seed in a field of 18 athletes in the event at the South Coast Conference finals this Saturday. CN/TADZIO GARCIA

By Tadzio Garcia

The East Los Angeles College women’s swim and dive team upset Long Beach City College with a 133-125 win in the Vikings pool, March 28.

ELAC shutout Los Angeles Trade College, 192-0 also in the double-dual meet in Long Beach.

The two wins vaulted the Huskies from seventh to a fifth place tie with Long Beach in the final dual meet head-to-head South Coast Conference competition at 3-5. Mt. San Antonio College finished in first place at 8-0 in dual-meet competition.

The SCC finals begin tomorrow at Mt. San Antonio College and concluded Saturday night. Each day the Mt. SAC pool will be open from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. for competition. There will be prelims and finals each session.

The Huskies ended the regular season outscoring Cypress College for ninth place at the Pasadena Invitational April 4-5. ELAC freshmen scored most of the teams 177 points at the Pasadena Invitational.

Alice Fei Zhang won the 200-meter butterfly. Carmen Portillo, who has consistently been improving throughout the season took, swam a personal record to take second place.

Zhang had personal records in the 100-yard fly and 50-yard freestyle placing third in each event. She also swam a personal record in the 50 breaststroke while placing second.

Daisy Gomez scored 120.7 points, a personal record. She was introduced to the sport this semester while a member of the swim team because the Huskies did not have a diver.

“I tried it and agreed to do it because I had the chance to get points for the team,” Gomez said. The team’s name then changed to the swim and dive team.

Wenning Shen placed fourth in the 100-individual medley event.

ELAC results at the Pasadena invitational, are as follows:

One-meter diving
Daisy Gomez, seventh place

50-yard backstroke
Young (18)

50 breaststroke
Zhang (2)

50 butterfly
Zhang (3)

50 freestyle
Zhang (3)
Veronica Orantes (66)

100-yard back
Young (17)

100 fly
Zhang (3)
Monique Ortega (39)

100 free
Zhang (5)

100 individual medley
Shen (4)

200-yard fly
Zhang (1)
Carmen Portillo (2)

200 IM
Jokabeth Vicente (33)

500-yard free
Veronica Orantes (29)

SPEED UP—East Los Angeles College’s Veronica Orantes swims the 1,650-yard freestlyle at the Pasadena Invitational on April 5 at Pasadena City College speeding up in the final laps. As a result she will be No. 5-seeded in the event at South Coast Conference Championships on April 17. CN/Tadzio Garcia
SPEED UP—East Los Angeles College’s Veronica Orantes swims the 1,650-yard freestlyle at the Pasadena Invitational on April 5 at Pasadena City College speeding up in the final laps. As a result she will be No. 5-seeded in the event at South Coast Conference Championships on April 17. CN/Tadzio Garcia

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