Pirate women conquer California (again) at State Swim Championships!

Pirate women conquer California (again) at State Swim Championships!




CUPERTINO -- For the second year in a row and third time in four years, the Orange Coast College women's swim team captured the state crown at the 2019 California Community College Athletic Association State Swimming and Diving Championships on Saturday at De Anza College.

Winners of nine overall events, the Pirates finished the three-day state championships with 553 points, with San Diego Mesa a distant second with 332 points. Sierra (318), Diablo Valley (313), San Joaquin Delta (234), American River (221), Las Positas (201), Riverside (172), Santa Rosa (170) and Santa Babara (157) complete the top-10.

On Saturday, Coast picked up a state title in the 200-yard butterfly, where Riley Crow cruised to victory with a winning time of 2 minutes, 7.25 seconds, nearly six seconds faster than the rest of the pool. Sierra's Natalie Nobili finished a distant second with a time of 2:13.03.

But the key to this year's state crown came in the relay events, where the Pirates were a perfect 5-for-5 for the meet. They completed their perfect relay run in the 400 freestyle relay, where the foursome of Meghan Kluck, Amber Theders, Crow and Kennedy Hood dominated the competition en route to a winning time of 3:35.0, well ahead of runner-up Delta (3:38.66) and third-place Diablo Valley (3:39.82).

For the entire State Meet, OCC was led by Kluck and Crow, who each won two individual golds and were both a part of four of the relay wins. Hood also was a leg in four relays while Kylie McCormick and Cheyenne Morris picked up medals in three each. Theders participated in two relay victories. Orange Coast's Anthony Iacopetti and San Diego Mesa's Jim Fegan were picked as Women's Co-Coaches of the Year. 

Other top-three performances on Saturday came from Theders in the 1,650 freestyle (2nd, 17:47.54), Hood in the 100 freestyle (2nd, 52.92) and Kluck in the 200 breaststroke (3rd, 2:20.65). Jenna Morley also finished fifth in the 200 breaststroke (2:26.87), while Morris picked up a 6th-place finals finish in the 200 backstroke (2:13.36). 

On the men's side, Kevin Chen earned a trip to the finals i the 200 breaststroke and touched the wall with a solid fourth-place time of 2:08.01.

With the win, OCC claimed its 20th state title in women's swimming and 93rd overall state title in school history.