Swimmers make state

Preparation– Yinfei Zhang takes a few moments warming up before winning first place during the women’s 200-yard breaststroke. CN/Darlene Galvan

By Darlene Galvan and Bryce Ronquillo

Husky sophmores Wenning Shen and Yingfei Zhang as well as the relay team qualified for the 2015 CCCAA Swim & Dive State Championships on April 30-May 2.

Shen will swim in the 100 and 200-Yard backstroke and Zhang will compete in the 100 and 200-Yard breaststroke.

The freestyle relay team consists  of Shen, Zhang, freshman Beisi Li and sophmore Ameyali Martinez will compete in the 400 Yard Free relay.

“I’m proud of our performance so far,” said East Los Angeles College swim and dive Head coach Erik Matheson. “This is the best season ELAC has ever had.”

The Huskies earned their state championship spot through team success in the 2015 South Coast Conference Championship over the weekend.

ELAC’s swim team predicted they would make it to the top three at the start SCC Championship on April 16. “I think we will have a lot of success. Most (on the team) are ready. They are emotionally and physically ready,” Matheson said.

Overall the team placed 5th in the competition.

In this meet, ELAC faced top schools such as El Camino College and Mt. San Antonio college.They were the schools to beat.

The relay team placed forth in the  400 Yard Free relay.

Shen won first place the in the 200 Yard Back race finals with a time of 2:10.60 time on Saturday, April 18.

Yingfei Zhang won first place during the women’s 200 Yard breast stroke, where she swam to get a time of 2:23.55.

Yvonne Young swam to 10th place and Wendy Centeno earned 14th place.

With a time of 58.28, ELAC freshman Ameyali Martinez got 10th place during the women’s 100 Yard Free style race.

Brandy Macias got 13th place with the time of 1:02.05.

ELAC sophomore Beisi Li got 6th place with a time of 2:41.93, and 12th place went to Alexandra Reyes with a 3:17.90 time.

Pasadena Community College won the Women’s 200 Yard Fly race with Tiffany Wong’s time at 2:18.42.

On ELAC’s swim team, Carmen Portillo got 11th place with the time of 3:15.21, and Sarina Almengor  got a time of 3:34.02, landing her on 15th place.

Kayleigh Davison had the winning time of 18:21.00 for the women’s 1650 Yard Free race style.

Carmen Portillo, Wendy Centeno and Alexandra Reyes on the ELAC swim team got 13th, 14th and 15th place respectively.

First place went to El Camino women swim team.

“For 10 years, ELAC didn’t have a swim team. The women’s team started back again on 2012,” said Li on ELAC’s swim team since 2012.

ELAC didn’t have a swim team because “it was right around the time when budget cuts were being made (back then),”  Huskies Head Coach Erik Matheson said.

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