SWIM PRINT EDITION

Andrew Perez, Steven Quintana

The women’s 200-yard freestyle relay swim team of Cerritos College set a new school record Friday during the Chaffey Invitational hosted at the schools new aquatic center.

Cerritos hosted the Chaffey Invitational, a two-day meet, which Riverside College won in both the men and women’s divisions but the Falcons didn’t leave without notable achievements.

Sophomores Gina Kim, Angie Silva, Janel Lopez, and freshman Jessica Ku cashed in a time of 1:43.26 to win the event and also beat last seasons new school record of 1:44.14.

“We’re here to perform our best,” Kim said, “we really pulled together as a team.”

The Falcon women ended the invitational in fourth place with 558 team points while Riverside College, 639.5 points, went home with the first place spot.

Two other schools that competed in the women’s division fell into second and third place respectively. Mt. SAC earned 583 points and Chaffey College earned 568 points.

Overall, the Falcon women grabbed first place in three events to go along with four second-place finishes.

“They [women’s swimming] did well in the events,” said head coach Sergio Macias.

The Falcons snatched a pair of second place finishes in the 800-yard freestyle relay with a time of 8:19.32 and the 400-yard medley relay with a time of 4:20.82.

Lopez, who holds 5 individual school records and also last seasons MVP of the South Coast Conference, took first in the 50-yard freestyle with a time of 24.94.

“It’s my best time all season,” Lopez said. “I’m happy to be under 25 seconds.”

Silva also set a personal new best time of 1:05.74 in the 100-individual medley to outpace her old time of 1:06.00 and place fifth in the overall race.

Good coaching advice and hard work in practice is what Silva attributes to her continuous improvement in the pool.

As well as being part of the record-breaking relay team, Kim also placed first in the 50-yard backstroke with a time of 29.54.

She also had a third place finish in the 100-yard backstroke, 1:04.90, a fourth place finish in the 200-yard individual medley, 2:20.64, and two fifth place finishes in the 500-yard freestyle, 5:34.21, and the 1650-yard freestyle, 19:29.32.

The Falcon women were not the only swimmers to do well as the men also showed their competitiveness.

The Cerritos men’s swim team earned 616 team points, came in third place overall behind Riverside College, who earned 942 points, and Mt. SAC, who earned 679 points.

Though he was not pleased with his times, sophomore Louie Espinoza managed to help the team place third in the men’s 200 yard medley relay.

“I need to work on my endurance and cardio more,” Espinoza said. “I’m not happy with my performance, I think I can still shed a couple of seconds off of my times.”

He also individually placed third in the 10-yard butterfly, second in the 200-yard breaststroke, and first in the 100-yard breaststroke.

The Cerritos swim team will face and Chaffey College and Rio Hondo College on Friday in Cerritos’ new Aquatic Center.

The Falcons will next host an event against Chaffey College and Rio Hondo College on Friday at 2:30 p.m. in the new aquatic center.