By Jorge Lopez
Several state records and one national record were broken in the ELAC pool this past weekend.
Unfortunately, the Huskies swimming and diving team did not qualify for the state finals.
The California Community College Athletic Association Swim and Dive State Championships came to an end on Saturday afternoon, after three days of competition at the ELAC swim stadium.
The ELAC swimming pool has been known as one of the fastest in the nation since the 1970s.
The Orange Coast College women and the Santa Rosa Junior College men’s team captured state championship titles.
“Saturday, night three, time to go big,” said the announcer, just as the meet started.
The night then got off to a big start when sophomore Jade Morton from Golden West captured first place in the women’s 1650-yard freestyle, setting a new state record with a time of 17:04.70.
Morton broke the previous record by 10 seconds set in 2001 by Micha Burden, also from Golden West.
Freshman Ahmed Mathlouthi from Santa Monica College broke a state record in the 1650 free, with a time of 15:07.30,at one point even lapping other competitors.
This was the third state record broken by Mathlouthi at this meet.
“It’s a really good experience. I’m preparing for the Olympics this year. This is just a part of my training, but that was amazing,” said Mathlouthi.
Michelle Liu from Santa Monica College was the winner of the 100-yard backstroke with a time of 58.30 seconds, followed by Riverside’s Kamaehu Alboro (59.01).
For the men’s 100 back, it was West Valley’s Brandon Shilling claiming the number one spot, posting a time of 1:49.08.
Riverside’s Andrea Antonissen won the 100 free with a time of 51.04, followed by Abby Puczkowski from Ventura College (52.89).
In the men’s 100 free Ventura’s Henry Chung came in first with a time of 44.44, nearly setting a new state record, this was Chung’s third event won at this meet.
Diablo Valley College’s Lisa Boozer (1:04.88) and Shaila Yoder (1:05.37) were able to claim first and second respectively in the 100-yard breaststroke.
Jeff Lum of Santa Monica College set a state record in the 200 breaststroke, tapping the wall at 1:59.35.
This was the sixth title Lum has won in two years at the state finals.
“Last year I did freestyle and this year we went a new direction with the breaststroke,”said Lum.
“Starting in November, we focused on breaststroke training, and focused on a lot of under water techniques. It’s a great success,” said Lum.
Alexandria Holland from Santa Rosa College was the winner of the 100-yard Butterfly (57.06), followed closely by two swimmers from Orange Coast to round up the top three spots.
In the 200 butterfly Pasadena City College freshmen Stephen to placed first with a time of, 1:50.52, edging competitors from Orange Coast and De Anza Colleges.
In the last event of the evening, the Ventura women’s 400 free relay team claimed the top spot with a time of 3:32.48.
For the men’s 400 free relay, it was the team from Santa Rosa claiming first place to the screams of the crowd, which helped the Bear Cubs claim the state title.
This was first men’s state championship title ever in the history for Santa Rosa swimming and diving.
The Orange Coast College women claimed their third straight title and their 17th total.
“This a great event to host as it puts our name out there and provides business for the community,” said ELAC head coach Erik Matheson.
Over 600 swimmers from 40 schools attended the three-day finals.