City swims to victory

A Rams butterflier takes first place in the 100-yard race at a home meet against Laney College on Feb. 18. PHOTO BY CLARIVEL FONG / THE GUARDSMAN

By Amarah Enkil
The Guardsman

The City College women’s swim team went up against Laney College at the Wellness Center for their second pre-season meet of the season on Feb 18., and the swimmers had an opportunity to strengthen technique.

With four returning swimmers this semester, two from local high schools and the rest from east and south bay, City College defeated Laney College 142-56.

Coach Phong Pham, who is working his way through his third year at City College, said he expected captains Cathryn Gibson and Alyssa Stember to do well. And well they did.

The meet began with a 200-yard medley relay with Gibson, Stember, Tangni Nietschmann and Sarah Woods. The team of four came in first at 2:06.59.

Next came the 1,000-yard freestyle as four swimmers leaped into the pool embarking on the 20-lap long event.

Keeping a steady and rhythmic pace, the women swam lap after lap as their teammates were seated at the end of each lane. Rams’ Andrea Waters came in third place at 14:31.48 averaging about 44 seconds per lap.

In the 200-yard and 50-yard Freestyle, Gibson won her second event and came in first with the final time of 2:11.32 for the four-lap freestyle. Stember also came in first again with 27.69 seconds in the one-lap.

She finished the meet with three first place finishes along with  teammate Gibson who also finished with three victories including the 500-yard freestyle.

The next meet the Rams will participate in will be on Feb. 25 where the women will travel down I-280 against College of San Mateo and Foothill at San Mateo. The meet will start at 2 p.m.


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