2014 CCCAA Swim and Dive State Champs Final Wrap-Up: Diablo Valley Women, Golden West Men Crowned Champions

Looking back at the California Community College Athletics Association championship meet, which ended Saturday, it seems clear that you can’t call a national junior college champion until the west has finished its season. The California junior colleges aren’t part of the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) so they do not participate in NJCAA nationals. In addition, it’s a spring sport in California so their championship meet takes place three months later.

The 2014 California state meet showcased three days of fast swimming. (See pre-meet analysis and recaps of Day One and Day Two here.) Held at East Los Angeles College, it gathered 36 women’s teams and 34 men’s from all over the state. In the end the meet record book was rewritten thirteen times; some of those will never again be broken as it was the final time the women’s sprint events (50 back, 50 breast, 50 fly, and 100 IM) would be contested.

Diablo Valley College won a tightly-contested women’s meet with strong performances all around, especially from co-swimmers of the meet Kelsey Leonard and Allison Gargalikis who won three events each. Gargalikis set three state records over the course of the meet. Top-seeded Golden West College won the men’s meet as expected, getting great swims out of all their team members including co-swimmers of the meet Davit Sikharulidze and Gabriel Hernandez.

1650 Free

Shannon Cheung, who had brought Pasadena City College its first-ever women’s state crown when she won the 200 IM, led wire-to-wire in the mile and ended up winning by nearly a 50. LA Valley’s Mor Flaisman took 27 seconds off her seed time to finish behind Cheung. Third place went to Mt SAC’s Kayleigh Davidson. The men’s race had a bit more drama: Evan Augst, the top seed out of Diablo Valley, swam more or less alone through most of the race until Riverside’s James Reyes started closing in on him toward the end. Reyes ran out of pool and finished second, with 16:17.75 to Augst’s 16:16.76. Reyes’s teammate Nathan Diaz was third.

Women’s 100 Back / Men’s 200 Back

Santa Rosa’s Miranda Howell picked up her second win of the meet with a 56.48 finish in the women’s 100 back. Connie Peng of Pasadena touched in 57.88 for second, .20 ahead of Mt SAC’s Kiersten Shew. Georan Meedering from Cuesta won an exciting men’s race in 1:49.73 thanks to an explosive final 50. Coming in second was Kawei Tan of San Mateo (1:50.81), while Andrew Hayes of Santa Rosa (1:51.52) picked up a third.

100 Free

Lauren Vosseler of Golden West, who had won the 50 free, added the 100 crown to her collection with a 51.06 finish. Kellie Thorsness of Orange Coast and Racheal Gruetzmacher of Cuesta were second and third, with 52.15 and 52.17, respectively.

Allison Gargalikis

Allison Gargalikis during the 100 breast. Photo: Anne Lepesant

The men’s race was a fast one, with Sikharulidze of Golden West getting his third win of the meet. He touched in 45.05 just in front of teammate Dylan Alba (45.46), West Valley’s Zach Selfridge (45.96), and Orange Coast’s Kasey Foley (45.98).

Women’s 100 Breast / Men’s 200 Breast

You knew the 100 breast would be fast when Brigitta Games of Golden West broke the meet record in prelims clocking a 1:02.47. In finals, though, it was Diablo Valley’s Gargalikis, with her third meet victory and third meet record, whose name went into the record book. Her 1:00.71 also broke the pool record, and would break the NJCAA national record, too, if the California schools were members. Games finished second in 1:01.75, also under the previous meet record; her teammate Melissa Bergesen took third.

Jia Ng

Jia Ng of Santa Monica in the 200 breast. Photo: Anne Lepesant

Jia Ng of Santa Monica broke his second meet record with a 1:59.15 in the 200 breast. De Anza’s Darren Chan Chin Wah touched second, while Golden West’s Loai Tashkandi rounded out the podium.

Women’s 100 Fly / Men’s 200 Fly

Leonard of Diablo Valley’s third state title came in the 100 fly, where she tied the meet record with 55.54. Pasadena’s Peng hit the wall .09 ahead of Santa Barbara’s Rachelle Visser to claim second, 58.56 to 58.65.

Golden West’s Hernandez completed his hat trick with a victory in the 200 fly. He won by a significant margin, touching in 1:47.45. Second place went to Mt SAC’s Edward Sanchez (1:50.33); Christopher Sands of Ventura got third (1:52.29).

400 Free Relay

Coming up just shy of the meet record, Golden West (Games 52.05, Bergesen 53.23, Lia Jorgensen 53.18, Vosseler 49.61) won in 3:28.06. Finishing three seconds back was Diablo Valley, while another three behind them was Orange Coast. The men from Golden West were also victorious: Alba (45.98), Jeremy Grden (45.13), Tashkandi (46.06), and Sikharulidze (44.51) combined for 3:01.68. Orange Coast took second and Cuesta was third.

 

Records Broken

Event 2 Men 200 Yard Freestyle Relay: State – Orange Coast College (S Richards, C Latham, T Hone, K Foley) 1:21.75
Event 5 Women 100 Yard IM: Pool – Melissa Bergesen 58.90
Event 9 Women 400 Yard Medley Relay: State – Diablo Valley College (Tchekmarev, A Gargalikis, K Leonard, L Woods) 3:48.45
Event 12 Men 3 mtr Diving: State – Brandon Cox 369.55
Event 13 Women 200 Yard Medley Relay: State – Diablo Valley College (A Tchekmarev, A Gargalikis, K Leonard, L Woods) 1:45.09
Event 16 Men 400 Yard IM: State – Gabriel Hernandez 3:53.20
Event 17 Women 50 Yard Butterfly: State – Allison Gargalikis 24.67
Event 21 Women 50 Yard Breaststroke: State – Allison Gargalikis 28.19
Event 22 Men 100 Yard Breaststroke: State – Jia Ng 53.80
Event 23 Women 50 Yard Backstroke: Pool – Miranda Howell 26.21
Event 28 Men 1 mtr Diving: State – Brandon Cox 317.55
Event 35 Women 100 Yard Breaststroke: State and Pool – Allison Gargalikis 1:00.71; State (prelims) – Brigitta Games 1:02.47
Event 36 Men 200 Yard Breaststroke: State – Jia Ng 1:59.15
Event 37 Women 100 Yard Butterfly: State – Kelsey Leonard 55.54

 

Final Standings

Women’s Meet

 

Final Score

vs psych

vs prelim

Diablo Valley College

414

3

-10

Orange Coast College

400

-25

6

Santa Rosa College

364.5

-55.5

-51.5

Golden West College

352

-28

-16

Sierra College

313.5

0.5

7.5

Pasadena City College

269

17

11

Mt San Antonio College

238

4

15

Riverside College

187

-13

-13

American River College

186

14

-20

Bakersfield College

172

5

11

Cuesta College

116

-10

0

Santa Barbara City College

111

52

14

El Camino College

108

-4

5

San Diego Mesa College

85

-29

-17

LA Valley College

63

2

-1

Shasta College

63

-11

-3

East Los Angeles College

59

41

7

De Anza College

52

13

7

San Joaquin Delta College

47

9

-1

Grossmont College

34

-19

-12

College of Marin

33

9

7

Cerritos College

31

-1

1

Hancock College

23

23

-2

Modesto College

21

-8

4

College of San Mateo

18

-1

-1

Las Positas College

16

14

14

West Valley College

15

6

0

Saddleback College

8

1

1

College of the Canyons

6

6

6

Long Beach City College

6

2

2

Merced College

4

-9

-1

Fullerton College

3

1

-2

Chaffey College

2

-3

-5

Cypress College

2

-3

1

Ventura College

1

-15

0

 

Men’s Meet

 

Final Score

vs psych

vs prelim

Golden West College

478

-24

9

Mt San Antonio College

344

-0.5

-10

Santa Rosa College

319

22

-6

Orange Coast College

282.5

-8

-16.5

Diablo Valley College

259

-55

2

Ventura College

240

-21

-6

Cuesta College

203

-33

-18

Riverside College

200

-41

-1

West Valley College

142

64.5

-10

American River College

137

-7

-1

Sierra College

122

1

-5

Saddleback College

119

-4

-5

Santa Monica College

117

8

7

Bakersfield College

113

-43.5

-21

Grossmont College

104

27

-1

College of San Mateo

88

-6

2

Long Beach City College

77

10

7

Las Positas College

76

39

2

El Camino College

69.5

7.5

6.5

De Anza College

68

13

9

San Diego Mesa College

68

-11

-14

College of the Sequoias

49

7

6

Chaffey College

44

10

9

Shasta College

32

11

-2

College of the Canyons

14

-4

0

Palomar College

13

-15

-2

Los Angeles Pierce

10

4

4

Modesto College

8

-12

-2

Pasadena City College

4

3

1

San Joaquin Delta College

1

-4

-4

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