On Friday, the Cerritos College women's swimming team split their South Coast Conference dual meet in their first home event of the season. The Falcons (2-2) defeated Chaffey College, 121-106, but came up short against Long Beach City College, 131-102. The team will travel to El Camino College next Friday to take on the Warriors and Rio Hondo College in a 12:30 p.m. conference meet.
Highlighting the day for Cerritos was sophomore Jackie Oliveros (Gahr HS), who won three events. She defeated the field by nine second in the 100-yard backstroke with her time of 1:10.90, with sophomore Vanessa Perez (Sonora HS) in second place at 1:19.03. The two also competed in the 50-yard freestyle, with Oliveros registering a first place time time of 27.28, while Perez touched up in 29.17, good for third place. The duo also were the first two finishers in the 200-yard backstroke, with Oliveros winning the event in a time of 2:34.56, which was 16 seconds ahead of Perez's time of 2:50.18.
Sophomore Breanna Zuniga (California HS) also earned first place points for the Falcons, as she led from start to finish to win the 500-yard freestyle with a time of 6:30.89. In the meet's other long race, Zuniga took second place in the 1000-yard freestyle with a clocking of 13:18.27 and also added a second place finish in the 200-yard butterfly at 3:02.37. Earning third place in the 200-yard freestyle, freshman Megan Hernandez (Keystone Academy HS) posted a time of 2:32.41, while freshman Karol Martinez (Warren HS) posted a third place time of 1:05.19 in the 100-yard freestyle.
The team was poised to close out the day with a win in the 400-yard freestyle relay, but were disqualified when Oliveras left early while swimming the anchor leg. The trio of Perez, Zuniga and Hernandez had the team in front by :14 seconds before the disqualification.
Photos by Daryl Peterson
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