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Men Swim into playoffs

Christopher Martinez

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Cerritos College Men’s Swim team is heading into the Conference Championship with a conference record 4-3. Although the team is finishing with an average record the championship is still anyone’s to claim.

These are the predictions of where the Men’s team will place in each event as a whole and see if they are strong enough to take the title. Starting with the first relay, the 200 medley relay, and then working down the event list.

The predictions are based off of swims throughout the season and placed into each event then placed by time. The times are taken from conference meets between March 15 and March 29.

Starting with the 200 Medley Relay which includes four swimmers each one swimming two laps of their own assigned stroke. Seeded first with a time of 1:39.68 is Mt. San Antonio College who is the fastest team by four seconds.

Pasadena City College is behind in second with a 1:43.54 keeping it close to Mt. San Antonio, in third is Cerritos College with a 1:44.74 and Chaffey in fourth with 1:49.59.

Mt. San Antonio is predicted to be first with a decent margin, but any of the teams in the 1:40’s has a shot of taking their spot and also fighting each other for a place on the podium.

Long Beach City College and Rio Hondo round out the last two spots of the event with Long Beach having a time of 1:52.20 and Rio Hondo in last with a time of 1:56.30.

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The second event for the men is the 1000 freestyle which is equivalent to 40 laps in the pool. The average time for this event is 10:30.20.

Out of all the schools the top five swimmers are Jonathan Olvera from Mt. San Antonio with a time of 10:04.29, well below the average. The closest swimmer to him is Cerritos College swimmer Colson Morrow with a time of 10:30.34. From Olvera to Colson, there is a massive gap that on paper could not be matched.

After Colson the playing field is almost even with the largest difference being 18 seconds and with this event being a long swim time can easily be dropped. Seeded third is Chaffey swimmer Jade El-Gaouny with a 10:36.46, then Mt. San Antonio swimmer Victor Urias with a 10:40.57, and seeded fourth is Pasadena City College’s Brandon Tu with a 10:48.34.

Next is the 200 freestyle which is eight laps in the pool this is one of the sprint events of the freestyle events.

The top three swimmers leading this event are all from Mt. San Antonio in first is Ethan Trieu with a 1:47.10, Edgar Cueva with a 1:48.51, Zachary Anaya 1:52.80.

The rest of the field includes Kevin Elizarrez of Cerritos College with a 1:54.17, Josh Harvey of Long Beach with a 1:54.89, Kyle McCalanhan of Chaffey with a 1:56.34, seeded seventh is Grayson Wade of Pasadena City College with a 1:57.64.

On to the first stroke event the 100 backstroke where the average time is 58.60 this event consists of four lengths of the pool.

Leading the field is Cerritos college’s Rodrigo Baca with a 56.97, followed closely by Mt. San Antonio’s Wlliam Ku with a 57.01 and his teammate Vinny Edwards with a 58.03, followed closely by Pasadena City College swimmer Brandon Tu with a time of 59.60.

The last of the field consists of Cerritos College swimmer Joshua Guzman with a 1:00.91 and seeded last is Chaffey’s Conner Crampton with a 1:03.88.

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The next event would be the 100 breaststroke, which is the slowest stroke and consists of four lengths of the pool.

This event features five Mt. San Antonio swimmers at the 1,3,4,6,7 seed. In order, the swimmers are Jason Harary with a 59.16, Ryan Lin at a 1:00.55, Kason Ku with a 1:02.64, Norman Preciado at a 1:05.47, seeded last is Ivan Vuong with a 1:05.92.

The rest of the field in order are Pasadena City College’s Chak Hei Tin with a 1:00.55 and his teammate 1:04.69.

The 200 Butterfly is one of the most demanding events in a swim meet it takes perfect technique, strength and mental toughness to get to that finish. The event consists of eight lengths of the pool.

Mt. San Antonio still leads the by the number of swimmers in the event consisting of three swimmers at the 1,3,6. Seeded first is Jonathan Olvera with a 1:55.51, followed by Long Beach’s Will Barnes at 2:02.11, Mt San Antonio’s Jason Willman with a 2:07.42.

The rest of the field are battling for fourth as their times are below the top three starting with Pasadena City College swimmer Jeffery Kha with a 2:15.89, Cerritos College swimmer Joshua Guzman with a 2:19.96, seeded last with a 2:20.06 is Justin Banh from Mt. San Antonio.

One of the fastest and powerful events is the 50 freestyle, swimming two lengths of the pool as fast as you can without taking a breath and takes no longer than 23 seconds.

The field is very close together as the largest margin is one second. Leading the field is Mt. San Antonio’s Ethan Trieu with a 21.80, second Rodrigo Baca with a 22.30 from Cerritos College, followed by Long Beach swimmer Josh Harvey with a 22.33.

The field only gets closer as the second half of the swimmer are coming in at a 22.65 for Mt. San Antonio’s Edgar Cueva, Pasadena City College Matthew Silaver at a 22.78, seeded last Mt. San Antonio swimmer Vinny Edwards with a 22.87.

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Similar to the 50 freestyle in terms of the physical and mental strength the 100 freestyle is double the work, the 100 consists of four lengths of the pool breathing as least as possible. All the times in this event are within a few milliseconds of each other.

Leading the pack in the 100 free is Mt. San Antonio’s Jason Harary with a 48.57, followed by his teammate Edgar Cueva with a 48.97 making them the two fastest swimmers in the event with 48’s.

The rest of the field is evenly matched with Cerritos College swimmer Rodrigo Baca timing in at a 49.60, Mt. San Antonio’s Zachary Anaya with a 49.64, his teammate Vinny Edwards with a 49.80 and seeded last is Pasadena City College swimmer Chak Hei Tin with a 50.17.

Scoring is based on a point system with first place earning 20 points, second earning 17, third earning 16, fourth earning 15 and so on, with relays scoring double.

Through the first 8 of 15 events placing in first will be:

  • Mt. San Antonio with 380 points
  • Pasadena City College with 144 points
  • Cerritos College with 122 points
  • Long Beach City College with 61 points
  • Chaffey College with 57 points
  • Rio Hondo City College with 13 points
  • Los Angeles Trade Tech. with 0 points

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Christopher Martinez, Sports Editor

Christopher Martinez is currently the sports editor for Cerritos College’s Talon Marks. He hopes to transfer to Cal State Dominguez Hills or Cal State...

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