M&W Swimming: Both teams post conference win

Men's track & field team won a pair of events at the Cerritos Invitational
Men's track & field team won a pair of events at the Cerritos Invitational

In a South Coast Conference meet on Friday, both the Cerritos College men's and women's swimming teams posted wins over host El Camino College. The men recorded a 154-114 victory over the Warriors, while the women came away with a 136-97 victory. Both teams will travel to East Los Angeles College to face the Huskies, with Pasadena City College also included on the women's side.

For the men, they opened the day by winning the 200-yard medley relay with the quartet of Abimael Anorve, Rene Borja, Alejandro Velasco and Michael Reyes by posting a time of 1:53.54, with two of them swimming a leg of the 400-yard freestyle to close out the meet. Silvestre Chavez, Reyes, Anorve and Kobe Hurtado beat the Warriors by a little over two seconds when they touched up in 3:30.89.

Each of them played a role in the Falcons turning in the victory, as the team won seven individual events. They swept the 100-yard freestyle with the top five finishers, with Hurtado beating everyone with his time of 52.34. He was followed by Anorve and Richard Montanez for the top three scoring places. Chavez won the 50-yard freestyle with his clocking of 23.85, with Reyes in second at 23.85.

Hurtado won two other events for Cerritos, as he recorded a 100-yard breaststroke time of 1:03.89, while he won the 100-yard butterfly with his clocking of 55.54. As for Chavez, he was also a three-time winner, as he added the 200-yard IM (2:10.08) and the 100-yard backstroke (1:00.10) to his 50-yard freestyle win, with Anorve in second place in the 100-yard backstroke at 1:03.47. Velasco swam the two long distance freestyle races and posted a win in the 500-yard free in 5:27.12, while his time of 11:31.05 was good for second place in the 1650-yard freestyle.

The women also closed out their final event with a win, as Angelica Acros, Isabella Berdote, Jillian Crockett and Karina Oliveros recorded a time of 4:22.04 in the 400-yard freestyle, which edged El Camino by a little over one second.

Kaya Glynn won three individual events for the Falcons, as she defeated the field in the 100-yard breaststroke (1:12.13), 200-yard breaststroke (3:04.34) and 200-yard IM (2:34.34) and was the only three-time winner for the team. Berdote posted victories in the 100-yard freestyle in a time of 1:04.81, while her clocking of 3:00.70 in the 200-yard butterfly was good enough to win. Acros earned a win in the 100-yard freestyle (1:05.83), with her 29.94 in the 50-yard freestyle putting her in second place. Romero was the team's other winner, as her time of 2:40.27 was good enough to win the 200-yard backstroke.

A couple of close finishes left the Falcons in second place, with Oliveros recording a time of 13:23.83 in the 1000-yard freestyle, and was edged by Bridget Lee of El Camino and her 13:23.70. Romero finished a close second to ECC's Lauren Hernandez and her time of 1:14.17 in the 100-yard backstroke with a clocking of 1:14.97, with Crockett in third place at 1:15.93.