Lead continues to grow for Pirate women after Day 2 of State Swim Finals

Lead continues to grow for Pirate women after Day 2 of State Swim Finals

CUPERTINO -- The Orange Coast College women's swim team continues to pull away from the rest of the colleges in the state following another solid performance on Day 2 of the California Community College Athletic Association State Swim/Dive Championships, hosted by De Anza College on Friday.

With just one day's worth of events remaining, the Pirates lead the way with 398 points, followed by San Diego Mesa (236), Diablo Valley (226), Sierra (201), Las Positas (177), American River (170), San Joaquin Delta (154), Santa Rosa (130), Santa Barbara City (110) and Riverside (100).

After claiming the top spot in both relay events on Day 1, the Pirates continued their dominant ways on Day 2 with two more relay victories. In the opening race of the day, the 200-yard medley relay, the Coast foursome of Riley Crow, Meghan Kluck, Kylie McCormick and Kennedy Hood touched the wall nearly two seconds ahead of the rest of the field with a winning time of 1 minute, 46.84 seconds. It was a tight race before McCormick took to the pool and her 26.25 butterfly time extended OCC's lead on the field and from there, Hood's 23.47 freestyle leg closed the door on the victory.

In the 100 butterfly, it was Crow who led the way for Coast with a gold medal time of 57.55, just ahead of Diablo Valley's Taylor Cossu (58.03) and L.A. Valley's Caitlin Hecker (58.36).

One of the most anticipated races of Day 2 came in the 100 breaststroke, where Kluck and Pasadena City College's Carmen Ung were ranked 1-2 in the event by the narrowest of margins. Ung managed to set a PCC school record time of 1:03.2, but it wasn't enough to surpass Kluck, who picked up her second gold medal and fifth overall gold medal including relays with a time of 1:03.05.

OCC's fourth win of the day came in the 800 freestyle relay, where the group of Amber Theders, Hood, Cheyenne Morris and Crow overcame an early 2-second deficit to pull away to a two-second win with a time of 7:48.33. SJ Delta finished second with a time of 7:50.94, followed by SD Mesa (8:00.18). Hood not only got the Pirates back even after 300 yards, she helped give OCC a lead in the race that would be lost.

In the 400 individual medley, Coast had two swimmers reach the finals and there, Morris finished fourth overall with a time of 4:44.02, with teammate Jacqueline Chang finishing eighth with a time of 4:51.6.

McCormick earned a finals spot in the 100 butterfly and the sophomore standout finished fourth in the state with a time of 58.72.

Hood and Theders finished fourth and fifth, respectively, in the 200 freestyle, with Hood placing fourth at 1:56.67 and Theders close behind at 1:56.87.

Behind Kluck in the 100 breaststroke were two more Pirates, courtesy of McCormick (5th, 1:06.94) and Jenna Morley (6th, 1:08.16).

On the men's side, diver Andrew Keidel earned a solid sixth-place mark of 201.10 in the 1-meter event for the Pirates.