By Shannon Cole
City College Swimmer Recruited By Mills College
Second-year swimmer and Guardsman staff writer Daniela Fiestas-Paredes is in the process of being recruited by Oakland’s Mills College.
Fiestas-Paredes, a native of Lima, Peru, competes primarily in breaststroke events. Her season-best 100-yard breaststroke time of 1:11:84 qualified her to compete in state championships in the event in the second week of competition this season.
Mills athletes compete in the Great South Athletic Conference and is a member of Division III of the National Collegiate Athletic Association.
Really Big Rings
Athletes and support staff of the 2015 state championship football team received their championship rings on March 18, 2016.
The rings were designed by Jostens and contain feature an enamel and gold ram’s head logo in the center of the ring. Players, staff and coaches could all purchase the rings.
City College’s men’s basketball team is preparing for their commemorative championship rings as well. Sophomore guard Shon Briggs told The Guardsman with a smile, “We got fitted for our rings last week.”
Basketball Player Honored by School
City College sophomore Kelly Wong, a member of the Coast Conference champion women’s basketball team, received the 2015 Female Scholar Athlete of the Year award at the annual California Community College Athletic Association meeting on March 30 in Ontario, California.
Wong is a computer science major with a 3.92 GPA, and is the first City College athlete to receive the Scholar Athlete of the Year award which requires a 3.5 GPA or higher in 36 semester units, sports leadership and demonstration of the athlete’s outstanding citizenship.
“This award has made me more appreciative of my experience at City College and all the people that have helped me get here today,” Wong said at the awards banquet. When she completes her degree at City, Wong hopes to continue her studies and basketball career at UC Berkeley, Cal Poly San Luis Obispo or San Diego State University.
Stars of Track and Field
As the track and field team prepares for the final meets of the season and Coast Conference championships, all eyes are on stars Kiera Simmons and Geraldo Castro.
Simmons ranks first in the Coast Conference, third in Northern California and sixth in the state for the 100-yard hurdles with a time of 14:49.
“She’s very strong in our conference. She’s our conference leader by nearly a second, as well for the 100-meter at 2:05,” Rams head track coach Demarcus Williams said.
Multi-distance runner Geraldo Castro ranks number one in the state for the men’s 800-yard with a time of 1:50.1.
“He’s a very versatile, wide-range athlete. He’s actually able to run the 1500-meter, which is just under a mile down, and the 400-meter which is one lap, and be very effective,” Williams said.
The team’s next track meet will take place on April 15 at De Anza College in Cupertino.
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