Photo by Darel James/Viking - Men’s swim practices at the LAC Monday, March 23. The team is currently preparing to face Mt. San Antonio and East Los Angeles City College’s this Friday in the team’s only home match-up.
Photo by Darel James/Viking – Men’s swim practices at the LAC Monday, March 23. The team is currently preparing to face Mt. San Antonio and East Los Angeles City College’s this Friday in the team’s only home match-up.

By Darel James / Staff Writer

The men’s swim team is preparing for its first and only home meet against conference rivals Mt. San Antonio and East Los Angeles at the LAC on Friday, March 27, at 12:30 p.m.

The team is returning from Pasadena City College after batting Los Angeles Trade-Tech and Pasadena on Friday, March, 20.

In the 100-yard freestyle, LBCC’s Ryan Dionne finished second and Jack Elinthorpe finished third among 12 entries. In the 50  freestyle, LBCC’s Nathan Pinkney finished second, Elinthorpe finished and Dionne finished fourth among 11 entries. Of nine entries for the 100 breaststroke, LBCC’s Frankie Cervantes finished first with Conor Shuey taking second and Max Taylor gaining third. For the 200 breaststroke, among eight entries, Shuey finished first and Taylor took second.

Elinthrope said, “Last week was a good win for us. It helps going into our next meet this week.”

Elinthrope also said he looks forward to achieving a personal best in the 50-meter freestyle at conference finals. “Right now I’m focused on defeating Mt. SAC. I would also like to get a personal record in the freestyle 50m once we get to finals.”

Elinthrope isn’t the only team member waiting to battle Mt. SAC.

Freshman swimmer Cervantes said, “I’m very hopeful towards this meet. Our season boils down to it. After this, conference championships are right around the corner.”

Friday’s home meet will be the team’s last conference match, which is pushing swimmers to maintain strong practice.

Head coach Chris Oeding said, “Giving our swimmers the best possible opportunity for success has remained one of our many goals since the beginning of the season.

“I’m looking forward to a good competition against Mt. SAC that will help further the performance of our swimmers.”

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