Though overshadowed by its NJCAA Counterpart, the Western States College Championships offer a distinctly California flavor to Junior College swimming. After the first day, Ventura College is out to early leads in both the men's and women's competition.
Two new records were established by the host Pirates. The Ventura quartet of Brooke Penney, Sarah Colvin, Bonny Bordwell, and Katherine Fung reset their own record in the 200-yard freestyle relay with a winning time of 1:40.48. The Ventura men's 400-yard medley relay eclipsed Bakersfield's previous mark. Chris Spriggs, Zach Epperson, Rafael Aponte, and Tyler McClure combined to post a time of 3:28.49.Other winners were Ventura's Katherine Fung in the women's 500-yard freestyle, and Chris Spriggs in the men's 500-yard freestyle. Amanda Takahashi of Cuesta captured the women's 100-yard Individual Medley. Travis Bishop of Santa Maria was victorious in the 200-yard Individual Medley. Isabella Zhang of Santa Monica won the women's 50-yard freestyle while Rafael Aponte of Ventura won the men's 50-yard freestyle.
After one day of competition, the Ventura women lead with 242.5 points followed by Cuesta (184.5), Sana Monica (127), Bakersfield (88), Canyons (81), LA Valley (77), Citrus (71), and LA Pierce (17).
One the men's side Ventura has a comfortable lead with 305 points, more than double second-place Cuesta (152). Citrus (85), LA Valley (82), Bakersfield (81), Santa Monica (81), Canyons (65) and LA Pierce (64) round out the field.