After a very challenging yet successful past season, Head Coach Terry Stoddard says he is more than excited about the upcoming 2013 menâ€™s and womenâ€™s swim season.
Stoddard is enthusiastic about incoming freshmen Darren Smith, a sprint specialist, and Chris Anderson who is a diver.
Stoddard believes that Smith and Anderson could potentially bring PCC some good looking scores this season.
Returning to the team is Stephen To, who won a state championship in the butterfly stroke, and Michael Chiodo, who specializes in the backstroke.
Stoddard said that he is proud of the returning men and women athletes. â€œIt is tremendously challenging to balance academics and sports yet at the same time still containing proper preparation and discipline,â€ he said. â€œOur team has that discipline and for that Iâ€™m glad.â€
On the womenâ€™s team Paige Watroba, an individual medley/butterfly specialist, will be taking the lead along with three incoming freshman. â€œThe overall camaraderie of the team this season is what Iâ€™m pleased with. We are all so close simply because itâ€™s a small group of girls itâ€™s a great feeling,â€ Watroba said.
Incoming freshman Arolyn Basham, from La Salle High School, is versatile and due to that she may find herself doing many different events. â€œI am excited to be here and ready to kick the season off with a good start,â€ Basham stated.
Stoddard says that Shannon Cheung, who was born in Hong Kong but grew up in South Pasadena, is also on an aggressive academic/athleticÂ track, along with incoming freshman Emily Fredricks.
Stoddard thinks the only area of concern may be in individual events due to losing key sprinters to the armed services. â€œThree advance sprinters enlisted in the U.S Coast Guard, Marines and Navy,â€ Stoddard said. “They decided to put their education on hold and serve our country. I am very proud of those three men,” she said.
The first official competition takes place on Feb.15 with the South Coast Conference (SCC) Penthalon/Relays at East Los Angeles College in Monterey Park. After that there is a meet every week until the end of April.