By William Hernandez
The Women’s swimming and diving team concluded their first season of competition in 10 years this past weekend at the South Coast Conference Championships at Pasadena City College.
The championship meet consisted of three days of play with preliminaries in the morning and finals later in the afternoon. The Huskies improved their performance day by day race by race.
On the first day of competition the Huskies had an average day in terms of scoring finishing the day off in the seventh place, out of nine team, with a score of 80 points, trailing the leader of the pack Chaffey College who scored 197 points.
Beisi Li and Martha Rivas won the first two East Los Angeles College medals of the day in the 100-yard individual medley. Li took seventh place in the championship finals of the 100 IM while Rivas placed eighth. Both Huskies swam their personal best.
Coming into day two, Head Coach Erik Matheson felt a lot better about his team and the races they were to compete in.
“Yesterday was good, today should be better with this type lineup. We’re determined to do much better competing in the races we tend to do much better in such as the butterfly, the backstroke and breaststroke.
Having only six swimmers make a finals race on day one, the Huskies were determined to turn that statistic around on day two.
Tthe Huskies accomplished that on with six Huskies advancing out of the preliminaries to championship finals, and six more advancing to the consolation finals of day two’s events.
Though no Husky managed to finish inside of the top three in any race, the team mentioned how much of an accomplishment it was just to make it to the finals.
Edith Rivas spoke on what the accomplishment meant to her.
“It’s an accomplishment because I’ve been out of swimming for four years now. Coming into the season I assumed I would’ve been one of the slower ones and on the team.
“And for the ELAC to be back in the water after being out of it for ten years, it’s not that bad,” Edith Rivas said.
Other Huskies were ecstatic of the accomplishment they made after the long drought of competition for the ELAC program as well as their own.
“I haven’t swam in six years since I graduated high school and just making it to a finals race is amazing. I would have never imagined myself here six years ago,” said Veronica Pelayo.
After the second day of play the Huskies scored much better than they did on day one scoring a total of 122 points with a combined score of 202 but still remained in the seventh place.
Day three ended with the following final scores: Chaffey 889 points, Cerritos (642), Mt. SAC (614), Pasadena (510), El Camino (459), East Los Angeles (417), Long Beach (411), Rio Hondo (216) and LA Trade Tech (81).
As Pelayo said “a lot of people doubted us.” All 18 members of the ELAC swimming and diving team are eligible to return next season. The future looks bright for the program.