Renegade swimmers set school records

Jason Reed, Sports Editor

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By Jason Reed

Sports Editor

With 22 other schools against them, the Bakersfield College women’s swim team was able to finish in 15th place, scoring 61 points, and the men took 27th place, competing against 33 other teams, at the California Community College State Meet on April 25-27.

“It went pretty well,” BC coach Matt Moon said on his thoughts of how things went at the state meet. “[We didn’t swim] as well as we had hoped, but we swam really fast the weekend before. It was just a tough turnaround.  They went out there and competed and did their best, that’s all you can really ask for.”

Catherine Lugo, Shelby Bayne, Clarissa Gardella and Elizabeth Hargis took seventh in the women’s 200 freestyle relay with a time of 1 minute, 40.40 seconds. BC would then improve in the women 400-yard medley relay. Gardella, Bayne, Hargis and Lugo took 11th and finished at 4:10.56.

In the 200-yard men’s freestyle relay, Matthew Prasser, Josh DelaRosa, Zach Foster and Tracey Warren finished in 17th place with time of 1:28.57. DelaRosa then finished with the time of 1:58.46 in the 200 yard IM, earning him the 15th place.

Before going off to the State Championships.  BC first competed in the Western State Conference Championships at L.A. Valley College on April 18-20.
The BC women finished third overall and had five top finishes for the Renegades.  Gardella took second in the 50 freestyle and alsecond in the 50 backstroke.

Hargis finished second place in the 200 IM and fourth in the 1,650. Lugo set a school record in the 50 butterfly, finishing in third place. She then went on to take third in the 100 butterfly.

The men’s team took fourth overall in the WSC meets and also had five top five finishes. The men set a school record in the 200 medley relay and finished in third place. They also set a school record in the 200 freestyle relays and finished in fourth place.

John Cunningham took first in the 400 IM. Delarosa set a school record in the 200 freestyle and finished in fourth place.  Prasser  set a WSC and school record in the 100 breaststroke.

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