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Warriors continue showing improvement

Last Friday, the Warriors were able to defeat Rio Hondo College, 153-78, 163-56.

The same couldn’t be said against Cerritos College as the swimming and diving teams lost, 184-88, 163-56.

“We had a lot of good swims, but Cerritos is a lot stronger and has more depth player wise than what we had,” coach Corey Stanbury said. “We had a few people who were hurt but swam anyway, but other than that we had a great meet.”

Swimmers Brandon Gregory and Amanda Atkins both finished in first place in their respective 100-yard freestyle swims this past Friday against Rio Hondo and Cerritos College.

Atkins swam a time of 11:43.31, blowing her second place 13:39.94 competition out of the water.

Gregory swam a time of 10:52.65, a victorious swim over the 11:17.16 second place time, and also swam a lifetime best in the men’s 500-yard freestyle with a time of 5:12.38.

“I was very close to breaking my pool time, the time I have swum at school,” Atkins said. “Just 5 seconds and I would have gotten it.”

Patrick Hana had two lifetime bests in the breast stroke, and Vince Fiamengo swam a 1.57 in his 200-meter freestyle, the best time he has ever swam in a race unshaved.

“My race felt good, and while I was definitely tired, it was exciting to look up at the score board and see that my time had dropped” Hana said.

While the dive team will be unable to work with Laurie Dawdy this season due to contract issues, Stanbury’s efforts are shining through the performances of Amy Tran and Michael Colbert, both who have been progressing steadily in their dives throughout the season.

Tran finished first in the women’s 1-meter board for diving with a total final score of 88.25.

While Colbert did not win diving on the men’s 1-meter dive, he managed to pull off a second place finish with a score of 153.90, a big jump from his fifth place finish the last time he had dove against Cerritos earlier in the season.

“Had Colbert not messed up on his last dive, he could have beat the first place guy,” Stanbury said  “It was a new dive we were unveiling and we didn’t have much time to practice it.”

The Warriors will be hitting the water again tomorrow against Long Beach City College and LA Trade Tech at 2:30 p.m.

While Stanbury believes they will beat trade Tech and not fare well against Long Beach, Corey is focused on getting as many members as he can to conference.

“Corey is more focused on getting us ready for the conference championship then for us to swim well in a duel me” swimmer Paul Hiney said. “We treat our meets as another practice to get us more in shape and prepare us for conference.”

“I’m really looking forward to seeing what Mike and Amy can do. Amy has beaten everybody but two people so far in the conference,” Stanbury said. “These divers started from ground zero and their performances are getting better meet by meet.”

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