In lane two, sophomore Mark Denison and in lane three, freshman Miles Martinez practice at the LAC pool Wednesday, May 3, the day before state championships.

Story and photo by Sienna Thomas/Viking

After taking second place in the South Coast Conference Championships, the LBCC’s women’s and men’s swimming and diving team headed to East Los Angeles College for the California Community College Athletic Association State Finals from Thursday, May 4 to Saturday, May 6.
The men’s team earned 73 points, placing 15th in the state. Freshman Samantha Wooley earned 34 points, placing 25th for the women’s team.
Wooley swam as the only LBCC athlete to make it to state championships.
“I’m excited because It’s my first time at state championships,” Wooley said. When talking about what she needed to work on before the state championships, she said, “I breathe too much so it’s messes up my tempo.”

Wooley competed in the 50 freestyle (24.82), 100 free (54.42) and 100 backstroke (59.87)
During practice, Viking coach Chris Oeding said, “They swam well at conference. Our goal was to improve throughout the meet. We had two records dropped that hadn’t been broken in 15 years. If we swim our best swimming of the year, then we’d be thrilled.”