RCC Swimming & Diving Owns Chaffey Invitational  

Photo by Michael Leone
Photo by Michael Leone

The Riverside City College swimming & diving program hosted the Chaffey College Invitational at the Riverside Aquatic Center this past weekend. On a weekend dominated by the rain, the Tigers weathered the storm leading to a first-place showing for the men and a second-place showing for the women. The two sides combined for a team points total of 1,695.5 to earn a team victory as well.


The men earned a total of 1,056 points to reel in the victory which was just over 200 points better than second-place finisher San Diego Mesa College.

The men began the day with a second-place finish in the 200 IM Relay with a team comprised of freshman Javier Bernal, sophomore Arnaud Magnan, sophomore Jesse Mondragon, and freshman Alexander Piron. They earned a total time of 1:30.50.  Their relays continued to hold strong as they reigned supreme in the 800 Free Relay with a mark of 7:23.25 with a team made up of sophomore Farouk Zaoui, Bernal, Mondragon, and Piron. Brandon Doyle, Piron, Magnan, and Mondragon teamed up to haul in a top finish in the 400 Free Relay with a time of 3:17.32, while the same foursome earned a3:43.01 finish in the 400 Medley Relay to earn the gold medal.

Individually, the Tigers saw three different swimmers earn top finishes. Bernal placed top the podium in the 200 IM (1:58.68), Mondragon earned a top finish in the 200 Free (1:48.42), and Magnan placed first in the 100 Back (56.12).

Zaoui had a consistent showing as he earned second-place finishes in the 500 Free (4:56.26), the 400 IM (4:34.82), while placing third in the 200 Fly (2:05.51). Piron earned a trio of second-place finishes coming in the 50 Free (22.53), the 100 Fly (54.00), and the 100 Free (48.42). Bernal notched a second-place showing in the 200 Fly (1:59.12) as well.


The women performed very well after placing second with a points tally of 639.5. They utilized a strong relays squad that placed in the top three in four events.

The Tigers saw two second-place finishes in relays with the first coming in the 200 Medley Relay. A team made up of freshman Katelin Simonson, freshman Supavee Nilaad, freshman Monet Marquez, and freshman Hannah McCarley earned a mark of 2:02.58. Freshman Elizabeth Martinez, Simonson, Nilaad, and McCarley followed later with a second-place finish in the 400 Medley Relay with a mark of 4:37.92.

Freshman Ysatis Lujan, Nilaad, Marquez, and McCarley teamed up in the 400 Free Relay to place third with a time of 3:59.74, while the same foursome placed third in the 200 Free Relay with a clip of 1:46.19.

Freshman Yamatzia Sanchez placed third in the 400 IM with a mark of 5:32.25, while Nilaad earned a time of 2:47.5 in the 200 Breaststroke to place third. Freshman Andrionna Gonzalez earned a fifth place finish in the 200 IM with a time of 2:35.54.

The Tigers will dive into Orange Empire Conference (OEC) action on Friday, March 23 at home in the second OEC Meet of the year. Events are set to begin at 10 a.m.