2014 CCCAA Swim and Dive State Champs Day 1: Golden West Men Out Front; Women’s Race Going to Be a Nailbiter

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


We predicted a very tight women’s meet at the 2014 California Community College championships and from the way Day One played out we are not going to be disappointed. A handful of teams came up ahead of pre-meet expectations thanks to strong swims in prelims, and a few of them also outscored their prelims placings in finals. Meet hosts East Los Angeles College, in particular, had a solid first day showing. Defending champions Golden West picked up enough points to rattle the cage of the three front-runners, and Mt SAC got off to a strong start, nipping at Pasadena City College’s heels and tightening the battle for sixth.

Despite a relay DQ in prelims of the very first event, the Golden West men still dominated Day One of competition. West Valley had a hugely successful day, outscoring both their psych sheet seedings and their prelims placings. Grossmont jumped in the standings based on strong swims from their 200 free and 400 medley relays. Las Positas and Mt SAC also got off to great starts on Thursday.

Golden West women's 200 free relay

Golden West’s 200 free relay: Brigitta Games (24.00), Melissa Bergesen (24.45), Coach Mark Schubert, Lia Jorgensen (24.35), and Lauren Vosseler (22.69). Photo: Anne Lepesant

200 Free Relay

In the women’s race, Golden West had a stunning come-from-behind win over Orange Coast, to come within 0.19 of the state record. Brigitta Games (24.00), Melissa Bergesen (24.45), Lia Jorgensen (24.35), and Lauren Vosseler (22.69) combined for 1:35.49, a mere .39 ahead of Orange Coast’s Claire Aguilar, Kellie Thorsness, Kaitlyn Finney, and Kessy Hickey. Sierra College was a second back in third.

With Golden West out of the way in the men’s race, having been disqualified in prelims, Orange Coast had no one to pace them. But that didn’t stop them from breaking the state record with their 1:21.75 rout. Sean Richards led off in 20.58; he was followed by Collin Latham (20.37), Travis Hone (20.56), and Kasey Foley (20.24). Second through fifth finished more or less together: West Valley, Ventura, Cuesta, and Diablo Valley.

500 Free

Diablo Valley’s Kelsey Leonard was the runaway favorite from the outset; the only one with a sub-5:00 seed time, she also turned in the fastest prelim swim. Second-seeded Shannon Cheung of Pasadena City College was in lane 5, the only other swimmer under 5:10 in prelims. The two went out together, trading stroke for stroke for 200 yards. Leonard began descending from that point and Cheung fell off. Meanwhile in lane 3, Mor Flaisman of LA Valley was steadily moving up on Cheung. She pulled even at the 400 and outsplit her by a second in the final 100 to finish second. Leonard won in 4:57.76; Flaisman dropped 5.5 seconds and touched at 5:07.72; Cheung ended third with 5:08.82.

After a thrilling consolation final finish in which Luke Miller of Mt SAC and Chris Dominguez of Golden West battled for an entire 450 and then both hit the wall at 4:38.48, the crowd was primed for a great final race. And it was exciting. Davit Sikharulidze of Golden West turned first at the 100, just a few hundredths ahead of Bakersfield’s Andrew Hargis. Jonathan Diaz of El Camino took over at the 200. By then the top three had established a comfortable distance from the rest of the field. Diaz was up by 1.5 seconds at the 300, and it looked like there might be an upset. While Diaz swam a well-controlled race from wire-to-wire, Hargis had begun to descend by the 250 and Sikharulidze had started even earlier. Sikharulidze pulled even at the 400 and came home in 52.7 for a winning time of 4:30.14 – a 13-second drop from his seed time. Hargis had a 53.0 final 100, touching second in 4:31.35 (-3.3 seconds). Diaz got third with 4:32.35 (-6 seconds).

Women’s 100 IM / Men’s 200 IM

Golden West’s Bergesen went the exact same time (58.90) as she did finishing third in 2013 but this year it was good enough for the win. Yingfei Zhang of ELAC took second in 1:00.70, three seconds faster than her seed time; Santa Rosa’s Ashley Boyle was third in 1:00.86. The men’s race was hotly contested in the middle four lanes; in the end it was a reversal of their prelims placings, as Gabriel Hernandez of Golden West took first in 1:49.82, with Zach Selfridge from West Valley, Edward Sanchez of Mt SAC, and Santa Rosa’s Andrew Hayes touching second through fourth.

50 Free

Vosseler of Golden West just missed the state record by .14 but emerged victorious nonetheless as she came in at 23.38. She was followed by Thorsness of Orange Coast (23.77) and Hannah Jarvis of Sierra. John Bing of Santa Rosa got the win on the men’s side with 20.82. Orange Coast’s Foley and Justin Stafford of Las Positas were five-hundredths back, tying for second with 20.87.

400 Medley Relay

In a preview of Saturday’s 100 back contest, Santa Rosa’s Miranda Howell and Pasadena’s Ting Peng put their respective relays way out front after the first exchange. Golden West, and especially Diablo Valley, made up ground with their breaststrokers. In the end, Diablo Valley (Alexa Tchekmarev 1:00.37, Allison Gargalikis 1:01.37, Leonard 55.43, Laura Woods 51.28) wound up first, nearly four seconds under the meet record, with 3:48.45. Second-place Golden West was also the previous meet record in 3:51.06. Santa Rosa finished third in 3:58.56.

Aaron Clancy of Mt San Antonio College

Aaron Clancy of Mt San Antonio College. Photo: Anne Lepesant

In an absolutely stunning finish, Mt SAC won the men’s contest, .10 ahead of Santa Rosa and .30 ahead of Golden West. Bennett Yuan (52.37), Aaron Clancy (55.70), Sanchez (49.92), and Miller (46.37) combined for a 3:24.36.

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


Diana Lee of De Anza won the women’s 1-meter diving with a vastly improved score of 215.85. She just edged out Makayla Scott of Shasta (214.55) and Aimee Bruns of Riverside.

Brandon Cox of Sierra had an outstanding day on the 3-meter board, scoring 369.55 for first place and a new meet record. Thomas Dillon of San Diego Mesa took second (257.55); Travis Russo of San Mateo finished third. Saddleback’s Jacob Swansen failed one of his dives but was still able to finish fourth.


Standings After Day One

Women’s Meet

Team Pts Psych to Prelims Prelims to Finals
1 Orange Coast College 138 0 -6
2 Diablo Valley College 130 1 5
3 Santa Rosa College 129.5 4 -7.5
4 Sierra College 116.5 -25 10.5
5 Golden West College 114 18 -6
6 Pasadena City College 91 -6 4
7 Mt San Antonio College 71 6 4
8 Riverside College 65 -16 -3
9 Bakersfield College 63 1 2
10 American River College 60 12 -10
11 Cuesta College 32 -2 -13
12 Shasta College 30 0 0
13 El Camino College 28 2 -8
14 De Anza College 20 0 9
15 East Los Angeles College 17 15 2
15 LA Valley College 17 -1 1
15 San Diego Mesa College 17 0 -15
18 Grossmont College 16 4 2
19 College of Marin 13 4 -2
20 San Joaquin Delta College 12 0 6


Men’s Meet

Team Pts Psych to Prelims Prelims to Finals
1 Golden West College 121 -42 9
2 Orange Coast College 110.5 4 1.5
3 Mt San Antonio College 108 29 -7
4 Santa Rosa College 87 2 -1
4 Ventura College 87 12 -1
6 West Valley College 74 28 11
7 Riverside College 61 -28 8
8 Diablo Valley College 58 -35 -14
9 Bakersfield College 57 -15 -1
9 Cuesta College 57 -2 -24
11 American River College 54 -1 -8
12 Sierra College 47 5 4
13 Santa Monica College 43 6 3
14 Grossmont College 39 34 -10
15 Saddleback College 32 1 -14
16 Las Positas College 30.5 22 -3.5
17 Long Beach City College 28 5 5
17 San Diego Mesa College 28 2 -5
19 College of San Mateo 27 -1 6
20 College of the Sequoias 24 0 10




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About Anne Lepesant

Anne Lepesant

Anne Lepesant is the mother of four daughters, all of whom swim/swam in college. With an undergraduate degree from Princeton (where she was an all-Ivy tennis player) and an MBA from INSEAD, she worked for many years in the financial industry, both in France and the U.S. Anne is currently …

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