Pirates lap the field to win OEC Swim/Dive Championship

Pirates lap the field to win OEC Swim/Dive Championship

MISSION VIEJO -- The Orange Coast College women's swimming and diving team set two new records and returned to the top of the podium at the 2019 Orange Empire Conference Championships this past weekend at Saddleback College.

With an astounding 18 first-place performances over the three-day event, the Pirates earned the top team score with 816 points, followed by Riverside City College (726), Golden West (422), Cypress (390), Saddleback (349) and Fullerton (143). 

Sophomore standouts Riley Crow and Meghan Kluck were named the conference's Co-Swimmers of the Year, while head coach Anthony Iacopetti was named the OEC Coach of the Year.

Crow and Kluck each won three individual titles and helped the Pirates in several victorious relay events as well.

On Saturday, Crow and Kluck each set new OEC Championship records. In the 200-yard butterfly, Crow dominated the field and won by over 12 seconds with a record-setting time of 2:05.99, topping former Pirate Sierra Cox's mark of 2:09.89 set in 2017.

Crow also touched the wall first to win OEC titles in the 100 butterfly (56.85) and the 100 backstroke (59.54).

In the 200 breaststroke, Kluck outlasted teammate Jenna Morley and posted a winning time of 2:23.18, topping teammate Kylie McCormick's 2018 record-setting time of 2:26.56. Morley earned the silver medal with a time of 2:27.51.

Kluck also went on to win OEC titles in the 50 freestyle (23.45) and 100 breaststroke (1:04.0).

On Day 1, Amber Theders cruised to an 11-second victory in the 500 freestyle with a winning time of 5:13.98, while in the 200 individual medley, Coast finished 1-2-4-5, with Cheyenne Morris leading the way with a time of 2:10.98, followed by McCormick (2nd, 2:12.19), Natalie Drapp (4th, 2:15.68) and Morley (5th, 2:16.49).

Morris led the Pirates to victory on Day 2, winning the 400 IM with a time of 4:38.86, nearly 10 seconds faster than the rest of the field. Teammate Jacqueline Chang touched the wall third with a time of 4:54.1.

In the 200 free, Kennedy Hood edged out Theders for the top spot with a winning time of 1:55.78, just ahead of Theders' time of 1:56.85.

Theders and Hood continued their fine performances over the weekend. In the 1,650 free, Theders left the rest of the competition in her wake with a time of 18:03.31, over 1:08 faster than her next-closest competitor. In the 100 free, Hood picked up her second individual OEC title with a time of 52.76.

OCC also earned five first-place times in various relay events, including the 200 free relay (1:39.79), the 400 medley relay (4:03.61), 200 medley relay (1:50.92), the 800 free relay (7:59.73) and 400 relay (3:37.91).

It was a 2-3-4 finish for the Pirates in the 200 backstroke as Morris took the silver with a time of 2:13.01, followed by Natalie Drapp (2:14.7) and Isabel Killeen (2:21.87).

Other top-five performances for the Pirates came from Hood in the 50 free (2nd, 24.33), Brooke Derache in the 1-meter dive (2nd, 100.60) and 3-meter dive (2nd, 102.05), McCormick in the 100 butterfly (58.53) and 100 breaststroke (2nd, 1:08.24), Morley in the 100 breaststroke (3rd, 1:08.86), Amber Freund in the 100 butterfly (5th, 1:02.1), Drapp in the 100 backstroke (3rd, 1:01.85), and Chang in the 200 butterfly (3rd, 2:19.07).

The Pirates will return to action on May 2-4 at the California Community College Athletic Association State Championships, hosted by De Anza College.