SMC hosts swim meet

The Santa Monica College men's and women's swim teams dove into the pool on Friday, hosting a meet in which they competed against College of the Canyons, Cuesta College and LA Pierce. The men's swim team outscored LA Pierce, 117-63, outscored Canyons, 118-50, but fell short to Cuesta, 109-75.

The women's swim team was not as fortunate, falling to LA Pierce, 122-52, to Cuesta, 83-72, and to Canyons, 98-69.

"The swimmers compete as individuals, and get points for the position they get," said assistant coach Jennifer Bullock. "The better position, the more points. The points are then put together to find out the total team score."

The day started off with the 400-yard medley relay.

Erika Crispin, Karen Duenas, Lindsay Grossman and Patty Salgado swam for the women's swim team. They finished second overall at 4:36.27.

Oscar Chen, John Cullen, Erick Mendoza and Jesse Rodriguez swam in Heat A for the men's swim team, followed by Evan Peterson, Hiro Kameda, Nich Nati and Alex Pappamikail in Heat B. Heat A finished second with a score of 4:02.58.

The swimmers then competed in individual events.

"All swimmers have their special stroke, but sometimes we switch around for different reasons," said Bullock. "For example, one team might have many swimmers strong in the 200 yard freestyle, so we'll put our best swimmers there."

Salgado swam the 200-yard freestyle for the women, finishing second with a score of 2:06.48. Justin Hettigoda, Nati, Pappamikail and Peterson swam for the men's team. Peterson got the best score at 2:05.16, placing him fourth in the race.

The fastest race of the day, the 50-yard freestyle, resulted in a fourth place finish for Grossman at 27.54 seconds who swam for the women's team.

Stephen Ro accomplished SMC's best time of the race at 26.02 seconds, placing sixth.

In the 200-yard individual medley, Duenas finished at 2:39.69 for the women's team, placing fourth, while Kameda scored 2:27.22 for the men's team, also placing fourth.

Crispin finished sixth overall at 1:01.20 for the women's team in the 100-yard freestyle, while Rodriguez swam in at 53.87 seconds, placing him third for the men's team.

In the backstroke freestyles, Duenas finished third in her last race of the day swimming in at 1:10.91. Cullen clocked in at 2:08.26, coming in second place for the men's team.

Only the women competed in the 500-yard freestyle, with Salgado bringing in her third second-place of the day with a score of 5:41.36.

SMC brought in their best individual finish of the meet when Chen swam in at 2:21.16, winning the 200-yard breaststroke for the men's team.

Cabrera finished seventh in the following 100-yard breaststroke for the women at 1:28.80.

The 400-yard freestyle relay for men wrapped up the day. The Heat A team of Mendoza, Cullen, Chen, and Rava finished fourth at 3:33.65.

Overall, the team was pleased with the scores.

"The men got a really good result," said Bullock.

"We were pretty close against Cuesta [College]. We lost primarily because we only have a total of seven swimmers, including the two divers," said Bullock.

The Corsairs will take to the pool once again at Citrus College on Friday, April 5 at 2:30 p.m.