Ryan Caceres, of the PCC swim team, practices his butterfly stroke.

After a challenging yet successful past season the Lancers return with a quality team and anticipate a strong season.

Ryan Caceres, of the PCC swim team, practices his butterfly stroke.
Ryan Caceres, of the PCC swim team, practices his butterfly stroke.

The Lancers finished in 8th and 25th place at the CCCAA State Meet and 5th and 6th at the South Coast Conference Finals last year, where they ended the season with a total of ten gold medals.

Shannon Cheung received three of the ten gold medals and broke the 14year South Coast Conference record for the 200-yard individual medley. Cheung was also named the SCC Swimmer of the Year.

“I’ve been continuing to train hard through summer and fall,” Cheung said. “I’ve been putting a lot of work in lately so we’ll see where I’ll be as the season progresses.”

Though the women’s team is comparatively small, the Lancers have acquired a few more swimmers, all of whom are ready to compete.

“We usually have a small team compared to other schools like Chaffey and Mt. SAC,” Cheung said. “But we have a lot of quality swimmers this season and we’re all pretty competitive.”

“All the girls are capable of scoring top ten in conference,” head coach Terry Stoddard added.

The men’s team has no returning swimmers from last season but Flinn Crosby from the 2011 season has returned to the Lancers roster. Also coming in this season is freshman Mohammed Esmaeilian, a student from Iran.

“I’m really excited to compete,” Esmeailian said. “I’ve never competed in the United States so I’m looking forward to that.”

With a group of great swimmers the Lancers are ready to take on the competition.

“Both the men’s and women’s teams are evenly matched with Chaffey College and Mt. SAC,” Stoddard said. “Our stiffest competition is Cerritos College and Long Beach City College.”

The Lancers kick off their 2014 season Friday Feb. 14 at East LA College for the South Coast Conference Pentathlon.

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