Tigers break invitational records

The Riverside City College’s women’s swimming and diving team continued with an overall team win at the Golden West Invitational on Feb. 24.

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By Fred McCarthy / Staff Writer

Freestyle (Allison Perez / Photo Editor)

By Fred McCarthy / Staff Writer

The Riverside City College’s women’s swimming and diving team continued with an overall team win at the Golden West Invitational on Feb. 24.
RCC scored 1550 points to win the overall event, edging out Golden West which had a total of 1417.5 points.
The Tigers won all four relay events they competed in, including the 200 meter and 400 meter free relay, along with the 200 medley relay and 400 medley relay events.
The teams consisted of Kamaheu Alboro, Andrea Antonissen, Danielle Pedroso, Allison Arch, and Ashley Fedler. Fedler competed in the 400 meter medley relay in place of Arch, who competed with Antonissen, Alboro, and Pedroso in the other three events.
In all four of the relay races, the Tigers set new Golden West Invitational records.
In the 400 meter medley relay the team beat the old record by nearly seven seconds and in the 200 meter medley they surpassed the old record by over two seconds. In the 200 and 400 meter free relay the women broke two of the records on the way to sweeping the relay events.
Tigers’ swimming and diving coach David Almquist gave warning to look out for Antonissen and Alboro as two of the top swimmers for the Tigers women’s team and he was definitely right when each of them won the four relay events they competed in at the invitational, with Alboro winning an additional two individual events.
Alboro placed first in the 50 meter backstroke with a time of 28.52 and first in the 100 meter backstroke with a time of 1:02.59. She also places 3rd in the 100 meter individual medley. Alboro also set two new individual meet records in the two events that she won.
Antonissen placed first in the 50 meter freestyle with a time of 25.16 as well as first in the 100 meter freestyle with a time of 55.63. She also finished second place in the 50 meter butterfly event.
RCC men’s swimming and diving team came up just short of winning the event as well, coming in second place just 30 points behind Palomar, who came in first with 1262.0 points.
Luke Obert finished first in the 100 meter butterfly with a time of 53.24, first in the 200 meter individual medley with a time of 2:01.24, as well as second in the 50 meter butterfly.
The next match for both the women and men’s teams will be on March 2 when they host Orange Empire Conference rival Orange Coast College before holding the Riverside/Chaffey invitational the following week starting on March 9.
The Tigers have five more other events before they are headed back home to host the Orange Empire Conference championships on April 21 at the Riverside City Aquatic Stadium, which is then followed, a week later by the state championships on April 28 in Monterey Park, CA.

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