Day 2: Huskies swim adds another medal

 IT’S IN THE HANDS—Gabriel Hernandez of Golden West College swims the first lap of his breaststroke leg in the men’s 400-yard individual medley helping him win the event with a new state record in the 2014 CCCAA Swim and Dive state finals May 2 in the East Los Angeles College Swim Stadium. CN/TADZIO GARCIA

IT’S IN THE HANDS—Gabriel Hernandez of Golden West College swims the first lap of his breaststroke leg in the men’s 400-yard individual medley helping him win the event with a new state record at the 2014 CCCAA Swim and Dive state finals May 2 in the East Los Angeles College Swim Stadium. CN/TADZIO GARCIA

 

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 50 breaststroke with a goal to drop a third-of-a-second off my time, but almost doubled that (0.58 of a second),” Zhang said.

“My teammates showed up along with friends and that helped me and also my work with the coaches, Erik and Susan (Lai) leading up to today.”

Zhang’s personal record helped her edged Renae DiBartolomeo of Diablo Valley College, who also had a personal record, by 2/100’s of a second for fourth.

“Alice has one of the best state finals finishes in school swim history,” Erik Matheson, ELAC Swim and Dive head coach said.

ELAC’s Wenning Shen, No. 23-seeded in the 50 backstroke upset 14 women to place 10th. She broke her personal record twice, in the prelims morning session as well as the consolation finals during the evening.

“Wenning drop a full second in a tight heat,” Matheson said. Less than half-of-a-second separated the top six women in the consolation finals, places nine through 14.

Regarding her record, Shen said, “I’m happy with that.”

Tomorrow Zhang and Shen will compete in the 100-yard breaststroke and the 100 back, respectively. Zhang is 16-seeded in the breaststroke, Shen the 14-seeded in the back.

Golden West has a slim lead in the women’s team competition with 138 total points, eight more than Diablo Valley College. ELAC is in a 15th place tie with Los Angeles Valley and San Diego Mesa colleges. Each scored 17 points.

Orange Coast College took over first place while Golden West College dropped from first place to fifth.

“It’s another year with fast times. There has been several state meet records,” Matheson said. The top five all have a shot at winning the women’s team title. “It makes for a more interesting meet,” Matheson said.

The women’s team standings (top-25) after Day 2:

1. Orange Coast College (300 points)
2. Diablo Valley College (295)
3. Santa Rosa Junior College (278.5 )
4. Sierra College (246.5)
5. Golden West College (241)
6. Pasadena City College (175)
7. Mt. San Antonio College (167)
8. Riverside City College (140)
9. American River College (135)
9. Bakersfield College (135)
11. Cuesta College (82)
12. El Camino College (69)
13. Santa Barbara City College (68)
14. San Diego Mesa College (56)
15. Shasta College (48)
16. Los Angeles Valley College (43)
17. East Los Angeles (39)
17. San Joaquin Delta College (39)
19. De Anza College (32)
20. Grossmont College (28)
21. College of Marin (26)
22. College of San Mateo (18)
23. Cerritos College (17)
24. Las Positas College (16)
25. Allan Hancock College (11)

RISING TO THE TOP—Alice Fei Zhang swims of East Los Angeles College comes up for her first breath of air in the women’s 50-yard breaststroke en route to her fourth place finish in the swim and dive state finals May 2 in the East Los Angeles College Swim Stadium. CN/TADZIO GARCIA
RISING TO THE TOP—Alice Fei Zhang of East Los Angeles College comes up for her first breath of air in the women’s 50-yard breaststroke en route to her fourth place finish at the CCCAA swim and dive state finals May 2 in the East Los Angeles College Swim Stadium. CN/TADZIO GARCIA

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