Huskies anchor to grasp seventh place

FOCUSED ON THE FINISH—Veronica Orantes of the East Los Angeles College reads her time after placing high enough in the South Coast Conference prelims to advance to the finals in the mile race, the 1650-meter freestyle, helping the Huskies to an early lead against Rio Hondo and LA Trade Tech colleges on Day 1 of the South Coast Conference finals, April 16, at Mt. San Antonio College. CN/TADZIO GARCIA
FOCUSED ON THE FINISH—Veronica Orantes of the East Los Angeles College reads her time after placing high enough in the South Coast Conference prelims to advance to the finals in the mile race, the 1650-meter freestyle, helping the Huskies to an early lead against Rio Hondo and LA Trade Tech colleges at Mt. San Antonio College.                    CN/TADZIO GARCIA

 

 

By Tadzio Garcia

East Los Angeles College is holding on to seventh place after Day 1 in the South Coast Conference swimming finals yesterday at Mt. San Antonio College.

Mt. SAC leads the women’s competition with 273 points. ELAC scored 83 points to Rio Hondo’s 30. The Huskies replaced Rio Hondo College in seventh place after scoring 57 more points than the Roadrunners in the night session.

The SCC finals continue tonight and tomorrow all day at Mt. San Antonio College. ELAC’s Alice Fei Zhang is top-seeded in the short distance events, the 50-yard butterfly and the 50 breaststroke.

The Huskies are 13 points behind Cerritos College and within striking distance of Long Beach City College. “We hope to score more points than Long Beach,” Erik Matheson, ELAC head swim coach, said.

Daisy Gomez took fifth place in the women’s 1-meter diving event, tying her personal record of 118.55 points, which was held April 11 at El Camino College.

ELAC results from prelims and final races of Day 1:

100-yard individual medley
Irene Young
Fifth place medal

200-yard relay
Young, Carmen Portillo, Veronica Orantes and Zhang
Seventh place

400-yard medley relay
Young, Zhang, Portillo, Orantes
Fifth place

500-yard freestyle
Orantes
13th place

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