2014 CCCAA Swim and Dive State Champs Day 2: And the Assault on the Record Book Begins

  1 Anne Lepesant | May 03rd, 2014 | College, Featured, Junior College, News

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2014 CCCAA State Swimming and Diving Championships

  • Dates: Thursday, May 1 – Friday, May 2, 2014 prelims 9:30am, finals 5:00 pm and Saturday, May 3, 2013 prelims 9:30 am, finals 4:00 pm
  • Location: East Los Angeles College, Monterey Park CA (Pacific Time Zone)
  • Defending Champions: Golden West College (men and women) (2013 results)
  • Psych Sheets: Available
  • Results: Available on SwimPhone and on Meet Mobile
  • Live Video: Available
  • Championship Central

 

The 2014 CCCAA women’s meet couldn’t get much closer. A couple of relay DQs have given us significant point swings, and several teams have outscored both their psych sheet seedings and their prelims placings to shake things up. Still vying for the championship title are Orange Coast, Diablo Valley, Santa Rosa, Sierra, and Golden West. We are predicting Diablo Valley to come out ahead with a slight margin over Orange Coast, but really it’s anyone’s game. The 400 free relay is likely to be where it all happens; in any case it’s going to be very exciting.

Although they aren’t in the title race, Santa Barbara City College, East Los Angeles, De Anza, and Mt SAC have all outscored their pre-meet seedings and have also improved from prelims to finals. Both Santa Barbara and Hancock, who have also done well, are new to the meet this year.

The men’s meet is going much as expected, although relay DQs have muddled thing up a bit. Golden West is still out front by a huge margin, that even a relay DQ couldn’t diminish. Mt SAC and Santa Rosa have both outscored their seedings and are locked in a battle for second. Diablo Valley should have been in there with them but have been hurt by their DQ. They are currently fighting for fourth with Orange Coast and Ventura.

Some of the men’s performances worth noting have come from West Valley, Grossmont, Las Positas, and Long Beach City; all four are way ahead of expectations.

200 Medley Relay

The Diablo Valley women broke their second medley relay meet record to begin a fast night of swimming at East Los Angeles College. Alexa Tchekmarev (28.75), Allison Gargalikis (27.95), Kelsey Leonard (24.85), and Laura Woods (23.54) combined for 1:45.09 in the shorter distance after having reset the bar in the 400 last night.

Top-seeded Golden West men’s 200 medley relay shaved 1.5 seconds off their seed time to win the state title in 1:31.35 with Gabriel Hernandez (23.97), Jeremy Grden (24.77), Davit Sikharulidze (22.54), and Dylan Alba (20.07). Santa Rosa, who had led through the first two legs, ended up second with 1:32.51. Mt SAC touched third in 1:34.05.

Women’s 200 IM / Men’s 400 IM

It was a rematch of the 2013 final in the women’s 200 IM: Pasadena City College’s Shannon Cheung and Golden West’s Melissa Bergesen finished second and third, respectively, separated by only .01 in last year’s match-up. This time around Bergesen earned the middle lane with a strong prelims swim and Cheung was in lane 5. The Pasadena sophomore took off like a shot, though, and was ahead by 1.2 seconds by the end of the backstroke leg. Bergesen outsplit her by a second on the breast but Cheung still had some legs left and brought it home for a 2:06.89 win. Bergesen took second in 2:07.20, while Santa Barbara’s Rachelle Visser got third.

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Shannon Cheung, CCCAA titlist in the 200 IM, is Pasadena City College’s first female state champion. Photo: Anne Lepesant

It was clear from his first strokes that Golden West’s Hernandez was going for the state record in the 400 IM. He took it out hard and was already more than 2 seconds ahead of the field by the end of the fly. He continued to build his lead, splitting 52.2, 1:01.6, 1:05.8, and 53.4 for a final time of 3:53.20. Hernandez was 1.6 seconds under the previous state record of 3:54.84, set in 2001. Finishing second was last year’s runner-up, Daniel Roa of Golden West. Third went to defending champion Jonathan Diaz of El Camino.

Women’s 50 Fly / Men’s 100 Fly

In the first of her two individual state records for the evening, Gargalikis of Diablo Valley knocked off a 24.67 50 fly to clear the old mark by exactly .50. Brigitta Games from Golden West took second, while Santa Rosa’s Miranda Howell was third. In the men’s contest Eric Maginnis of Sierra held his own against challengers Riley Hagan of Diablo Valley and Riverside’s Seva Eagle. Maginnis won the state title in 49.95.

200 Free

Diablo Valley’s Leonard, who won the 500 on Thursday, came in with a seed time that was faster than the meet record of 1:50.34. Having gone a respectable 1:54 in prelims she was set up in lane four ready to take on the record. She took it out fast enough but fell off pace. Her 1:51.20 was good enough for the win, though, and Kelsey Leonard had her second state title. Diablo Valley teammate Woods finished second; Mt SAC’s Rosemary Garcia was third.

Sikharulidze of Golden West picked up his second win of the meet as well, going 1:38.64 in the men’s 200 free. Sean Richards of Orange Coast came in second, while Brenton Sayers of American River rounded out the podium.

Women’s 50 Breast / Men’s 100 Breast

Less than an hour after her first state record of the night, Diablo Valley’s Gargalikis was back in the quest for another. Golden West’s Brigitta Games was also within shooting range of the meet record, right next to her in lane 5. It was a great race and in the end, while both made it under the old meet mark of 29.43, it was Gargalikis who claimed the record and the title, finishing 28.19 to Games’s 28.95. Third went to American River’s Jenner Johnson, finishing just .02 ahead of Yingfei Zhang of East Los Angeles.

The men’s 100 breast produced another new meet record: Jia Ng of Santa Monica won the race in 53.80, more than two seconds faster than anyone else in his heat, and .72 under the previous mark. Second place went to Golden West’s Loai Tashkandi; John Bing of Santa Rosa was third.

Women’s 50 Back / Men’s 100 Back

The women’s final was like the prelims, just faster. Miranda Howell of Santa Rosa won in 26.21; Golden West’s Lauren Vosseler was second with 26.69, and Mt SAC’s Kiersten Shew touched out Pasadena’s Ting Peng 26.99 to 27.09 for third.

In the men’s 100 back, Kawei Tan of San Mateo led wire-to-wire and finished first in 49.86. Georan Meedering from Cuesta was second (51.32), while Orange Coast’s Sean Richards took third (51.63).

800 Free Relay

The women of Golden West won the 800 free relay in 7:34.94, just shy of the state record they’d set last year. This time around it was the quartet of Games (1:52.15), Bergesen (1:54.61), Lia Jorgensen (1:56.70), and Vosseler (1:51.48) on the top rung of the podium. Santa Rosa finished second, two seconds ahead of Sierra.

Not to be outdone, the Golden West men picked up a victory of their own. Hernandez (1:41.69), Chris Dominguez (1:41.18), Tashkandi (1:42.93), and Sikharulidze (1:39.08) combined for 6:44.88, about a second and a half away from the state record. Orange Coast took second and Mt SAC, third.

Women’s 3-Meter / Men’s 1-Meter Diving

Orange Coast divers had a strong showing on the three-meter board on Friday. Rae Adams won the event with 242.45 points, while her teammate Candis Buck took second with 237.95. Aimee Bruns of Riverside picked up her second bronze medal with 227.30 points.

Brandon Cox of Sierra had another strong day, this time in one-meter diving. His 317.55 final score was the top performance by 50 points and established a new meet record. Mauldin James from Riverside finished second with 268.20; Thomas Dillon of San Diego Mesa took third with 264.90.

 

Standings After Day Two (Cumulative Figures)

Women’s Meet

TeamPtsPsych to PrelimsPrelims to Finals
Orange Coast College

300

-18

3

Diablo Valley College

295

9

8

Santa Rosa College

278.5

6

-49.5

Sierra College

246.5

-8

13.5

Golden West College

241

0

-16

Pasadena City College

175

-5

11

Mt San Antonio College

167

9

11

Riverside College

140

-15

-11

American River College

135

16

-21

Bakersfield College

135

-7

13

Cuesta College

82

-3

-9

El Camino College

69

-6

2

Santa Barbara City College

68

25

14

San Diego Mesa College

56

-10

-19

Shasta College

48

-7

4

LA Valley College

43

9

-4

East Los Angeles College

39

23

2

San Joaquin Delta College

39

1

0

De Anza College

32

5

10

Grossmont College

28

-9

-4

 

Men’s Meet

Team

Pts

Psych to Prelims

Prelims to Finals

Golden West College

313

-54

13

Mt San Antonio College

239

21.5

-9

Santa Rosa College

227

26

2

Orange Coast College

195.5

0.5

-19.5

Ventura College

180

5

-7

Diablo Valley College

174

-47

-1

Riverside College

141

-26

2

American River College

117

-7

6

Sierra College

109

-1

-2

Cuesta College

108

-9

-24

West Valley College

95

45.5

-12

Bakersfield College

94

-11.5

-11

Grossmont College

92

352

Santa Monica College

905

3

Saddleback College

81

5

-12

Las Positas College

67

25

5

El Camino College

64.5

1

2.5

Long Beach City College

63

7

10

College of San Mateo

59

-3

6

San Diego Mesa College57-7-5

 

Comments

  1. teamer says:
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    Allison you still have the Champion in you, Terrapins, Carondelet, UCLA and DVC. Congrats on a record breaking and very commendable swim season.

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