BC swim teams head to Western State Conference

BC swim teams head to Western State Conference

Mayan Lara

BC swimmers dive simultaneously into the pool.

Jason Reed, Sports Editor

By Jason Reed

Sports Editor

The Bakersfield College swim team had no problem defeating College of the Canyons on April 5 in a Western State Conference dual meet. For both sides, it wasn’t even close.  The BC women scored 50 points and Canyons scored only 32.  The BC men scored 77 to Canyons zero.

“It went pretty well,” BC head coach Matt Moon said when asked about his team’s performance.  “I think this was a good little preview for how we’re going to swim in conference.”

Joshua Delarosa and Matt Prasser each won three swimming events for the Renegades men’s team.

Delarosa took first in the men’s 200 yard medley relay along with David Caploe, Ted Richardson and Matt Prasser with the time of 1:41.83.  Delarosa would then go on to swim in the 200 yard freestyle, winning it with the time of 1:49.37.  His final first place finish came in the 400 yard individual medley with the time of 4:24.51.

“Josh had a tough lineup, but he swam really well in the 400 IM,” Moon said.

Prasser won the 50 yard freestyle with the first place time of 22.10 and then went on to win the 100 yard breaststroke at 1:00.04.  David Dawson won the 100 yard backstroke at 1:02.29.

Dawson also won the 200 yard freestyle relay along with Tom Carpenter, Zach Foster and Traccy Warren with the time of 1:35.45.  Ted Richardson took first place for the Renegades in the 100-yard freestyle at 50.23.

The BC women beat Canyons by 18 points, getting a big lift going into the WSC conference meet.  Elizabeth Hargis stood out for her team, winning three events for the Renegades. Catherine Lugo and Clarissa Gardella took first place in two events for BC.

Hargis won the 200 yard IM in 2:22.52 and then went on to win the 500 yard freestyle in 5:36.05.

In her last event, she took first place in the 200 yard freestyle relay along with Shelby Bayne, Clarissa Gardella and Catherine Lugo with the time of 1:45.57.

Earlier in the meet, Lugo won the 50 yard butterfly, outlasting three other swimmers with the time of 28.12.  Gardella also won the 50 yard backstroke in 32.78.

The Renegades will travel to L.A. Valley College on April 18 for the Western State Conference Championships meet. The events last through April 20.