Women do swimmingly

The women's swim team became state champs over the weekend.

Orange Coast College’s women’s swim team repeated as state champions at the 2019 California Community College Athletic Association State Swimming and Diving Championships Saturday at De Anza College.

This is the team’s third championship in four years and 20th women’s swimming title in history.

The Pirates won nine overall events, ending up with 553 points on the meet, with the closest competitor being San Diego Mesa with 332.

OCC dominated in all their relay races, winning five of five. They completed the sweep with the 400 freestyle relay, where sophomore foursome Meghan Kluck, Amber Theders, Riley Crow and Kennedy Hood swam to victory with a winning time of 3:35.0.

On Saturday, Crow won the state title for Coast in the 200-yard butterfly with a time of two minutes, 7.25 seconds, almost six seconds faster than her competitors.

Crow and Kluck lead the Pirates, winning two individual gold medals each and were both a part of four victorious relays.

Sophomores Kylie McCormick and Cheyenne Morris were legs in four relays and picked up three medals each.

Coast earned silver medals after second-place performances by Theders in the 1,650 freestyle (17:47.54) and Hood in the 100 freestyle (52.92). Hood also competed in four relays.

Kluck placed third in the 200 backstroke (2:26.87).

This was Coast’s 93rd overall state title in school history.

OCC head coach Anthony Iacopetti and San Diego Mesa’s Jim Fegan were named Women’s Co-Coaches of the Year.

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