Day 2: Huskies swim adds another medal

  By Tadzio Garcia The women’s swim team finished in 17th place out of 44 teams after the second day of the California Community College Athletic Association Swim and Dive State finals. Alice Ying Fei Zhang won the fourth place medal in the 50-yard breaststroke and is now two-time All-American at the 2014 state finals, which will conclude all day tomorrow in the ELAC Swim Stadium. “I came in the…

May 2, 2014

Huskies swim floats to championships

  By Tadzio Garcia East Los Angles College Swim Stadium has hosted the Swim and Dive State Championships throughout the decades, but rarely qualified for the event. 2014 is a new era in the ELAC aquatics program. The Huskies advanced to state this year as Erik Matheson, three-year head coach is quietly building a dynasty. “We’ve come a long way in three years and I expect our (women) to do…

April 24, 2014

Swim and dive team kicks through regular season

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…

April 15, 2014

Monterey Park native is making a splash

By William Hernandez Since diving into a Monterey Park  pool for the first time at age 10, ELAC swim team member Irene Young found her feel for the water. “My mom was always a lap swimmer, so when I was around 10 years old she started bringing her to the Barnes Park Pool (in Monterey Park). I started on a swim team at 12 years old and I’ve been swimming…

March 13, 2014

Six state records set at the 2012 CCCAA Swim & Dive finals

By Tadzio Garcia The East Los Angeles College swim stadium was known as one of the fastest swimming pools in the nation back in its heyday in the 1970s and 1980s. The ELAC pool is making waves again. Six state records, one a national record, were set in the first two days of the 2012 California Community College Athletic Association’s Swim and Dive Championships held at the ELAC swim stadium…

April 28, 2012

ELAC diver ends season

By Tadzio Garcia The South Coast Conference Championships began with the diving preliminaries last Friday at El Camino College. Melissa Marinero was the lone East Los Angeles College diver to compete in the one-meter diving. Optimism was high because Marinero was entering the competition off a recent season-high 84 points. These points were good enough for fourth place in a dual meet against Chaffey and Mt. San Antonio colleges on March…

April 20, 2012

Huskies improve in Chaffey Invitational

By Tadzio Garcia The swimming team placed eight out of 10 teams at the Chaffey Invitational at Riverside Community College last weekend. The Huskies improved on their score by more than 100 points from their previous invitational. “We have to race against top teams to be able to compete at that level. We try to improve individual times to move up in the standings,” said Head Coach Erik Matheson. All four…

March 14, 2012