Pirates jump out to lead following Day 1 of State Swim/Dive Championships

Pirates jump out to lead following Day 1 of State Swim/Dive Championships

CUPERTINO -- The Orange Coast College women's swim team holds a a 58-point lead after Day 1 of the California Community College Athletic Association Swimming and Diving State Championships, hosted by De Anza College.

The Pirates racked up two relay and one individual state titles on Thursday and finished the opening session with 174 points, followed by Diablo Valley (116), San Diego Mesa (111), Los Positas (92) and American River (82).

Coast opened the championships by dominating the 200-yard freestyle relay and defended last year's title in that event with a winning time of 1 minute, 37.69 seconds. Meghan Kluck got things going with a 23.65 opening split to get Coast in the lead early. Kylie McCormick and Cheyenne Morris kept the Pirates close before Kennedy Hood anchored the team with a blistering time of 23.56 in her split to edge San Diego Mesa's runner-up time of 1:38.68.

In the 50 freestyle, it was a rematch of last year's championship between teammates Kluck and Hood. In the end, Kluck found the extra gear and edged out last year's champ in the event with a winning time of 23.86. Hood finished second with a time of 24.07, with DVC's Taylor Cossu third at 24.2.

OCC's third and final gold medal of the opening day was in the 400 medley relay, where Riley Crow, Kluck, McCormick and Morris dominated the field en route to a championship time of 3:57.32, nearly four seconds ahead of the rest of the field, including runner-up Sierra College's time of 4:00.59.

In the 500 freestyle, Amber Theders finished just off of the top time and placed third overall with a time of 5:06.89, just three seconds behind El Camino's Ida Due (5:03.14).

Coast picked up a pair of top-eight times in the 200 individual medley final, with McCormick taking fourth (2:11.05) and Morris seventh (2:13.66).