Swim team down a champion

KEEP SWIMMING– Carmen Portillo powers through the women’s butterfly 200 at the opening of the South Coast Conference swim season Friday, against Cerritos and Chaffey college. CN/MEGAN G. RAZZETTI


By  Tadzio Garcia

The women’s swim and dive team was down their top swimmer, Yingfei “Alice” Zhang, who did not compete against Chaffey or Cerritos colleges in a double dual meet last Friday at home.

Zhang won all six individual races she competed in February 21 and 22 in the Mt. San Antonio College Invitational against top state competition.

Zhang may not return to the team.

Without Zhang, ELAC lost to Chaffey 83-55 and Cerritos 91-47.

With Zhang, ELAC outscored Chaffey 246-114 at Mt. SAC.

We should know next week if she decides to stay on the team according to ELAC Head Coach Erik Matheson last Friday.

“Alice will (advance) to state (finals) as a member of the team,” Matheson said.

Zhang won an unprecedented six races at Mt. SAC, and was responsible for more than half of the 246 points ELAC scored from her individual and relay events.

She beat sophomores that advanced to that years state finals including top swimmers from Sierra College, who placed sixth in last year’s state championships.

“Alice was probably going to finish on or near the top of her races (also) with depth as the key to ELAC winning,” Matheson said.

With Zhang the helm, that depth helped ELAC upset six teams at Mt. SAC, including Los Angeles Valley College by two points and South Coast Conference rivals, El Camino, Chaffey and Long

ELAC finished seventh place out of 16 teams at Mt. SAC.

At ELAC last week, Wenning Shen, Irene Young and Daisy Gomez were the top swimmers for the Huskies.

Shen placed second place in all of the nine individual races she swam.

“I did not get nervous, I just (focused) for each race and always want better times,” Shen said.

STEADY AS SHE GOES- Wenning Shen partakes in the 200 breastroke race against Chaffey and Cerritos college Friday. CN/MEGAN G. RAZZETTI
STEADY AS SHE GOES– Wenning Shen partakes in the 200 breastroke race against Chaffey and Cerritos college Friday. CN/MEGAN G. RAZZETTI

Young placed second in five individual events and third in four others.

Gomez, the lone woman’s diver at ELAC, placed first.

“(Gomez) improved at the meet today (last Friday). She made all of her dives to score points for the team,” Dive Coach Elias Rocha said.

At Mt. SAC Gomez failed to complete one dive and as a result did not place.

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