Mt. San Antonio College (Mt. SAC) ended Pasadena women’s swimming 18 dual meet win streak, beating Pasadena 138-136 at the aquatics center Friday afternoon.
Prior to the final event, Pasadena had a 132-125 lead over Mt. SAC, but was forced to compete with their second string because the Lancers starting swimmers already swam in the maximum number of events.
Pasadena finished the event, a 400 freestyle relay, only 49.92 seconds behind Mt SAC.
Despite losing to Mt. SAC, the Lady Lancers defeated Los Angeles Trade Tech (LATT) 187-51, while the Mountaineers beat LATT 229-35.
Pasadena competed without divers whereas Mt. SAC had two women divers who earned points for Mountaineers giving them a distinct advantage over the Lancers.
“The women made up so much difference,” Head Coach Terry Stoddard said. “We probably should have lost the meet by 25 points but we made up a huge difference and lost by two.”
The Lancers were not lacking personal victories, with Ariahn Givens winning three events, including the 200 freestyle, 100 freestyle and 500 freestyle. Anais Hacobian also placed first in the 100 backstroke, 50 freestyle and 200 backstroke.
“Even though we did lose … originally we were supposed to lose by a much bigger margin,” Hacobian said. “The fact that we got a two-point loss … it shows that our team has a really good heart.”
Pasadena also won the first event of the day, the 200 medley relay.
The men’s swimming team failed to beat Mt. SAC as well, losing 165-123, but were also handicapped without a competing diver.
Pasadena’s Philip Lee placed first in two out of three events he competed in, the 100 breaststroke and 100 butterfly, marking a new personal record of 1:02.58 in the 100 breaststroke.
“I felt I did pretty good in all my events,” Lee said. “The rest of my team was quite strong, I think we did the best.”
Pasadena’s men’s swimming team were also able beat LATT 123-98.
“I don’t know anyone who didn’t have a good swim today,” Stoddard said. “I don’t think about the winning streak as much as I wanna go out and win every time.”
After the Lancers host the Pasadena invite this Friday and Saturday, Stoddard is looking to prepare his swimmers for conference.
“We’re gonna be looking more at individually what we need to do to perform at conference and hopefully make state,” Stoddard said. “We’re focusing on the championships at this point.”
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