Men's Swimming & Diving

RCC Win 400-yard Freestyle Relay; Tigers Finish Fourth at CCCAA Championships

RCC Win 400-yard Freestyle Relay; Tigers Finish Fourth at CCCAA Championships

MONTEREY PARK -- With the third and final day of competition completed at the California Community College Athletic Association (CCCAA) Championships, the Riverside City College (RCC) Tigers men's swimming and diving team won another relay event and finished fourth in the state.

The CCCAA Championships were hosted at East Los Angeles College in Monterey Park Thursday through Saturday, May 5-7.

Recapping the final standings, The Sierra College Wolverines won their first state title, compiling 543.50 points, followed by Golden West, which was second (508 points). Orange Coast was third (382), Riverside City was fourth (378) and San Diego Mesa was fifth (291).

Along the way, the Tigers won their second relay in state championship history as they won the 400-yard freestyle relay (3:01.43), with the quartet of sophomore Adrien Deloffre (Dunkerque, FRANCE), sophomore Justin Rohn (San Bernardino / San Gorgonio HS)-- who is pictured, sophomore Garret Shimko (Riverside / Riverside Poly HS) and freshman Maxence Bouvier (FRANCE).

The Tigers chased the state meet record, but fell short by .22 of a second despite
Bouvier's 43.79 anchor leg. Riverside grabbed the event gold, while Sierra took the silver
to insure its state title (3:03.34). Diablo Valley grabbed the bronze in 3:03.40. San Diego
Mesa (3:03.64) and Golden West (3:03.65) were all touching the final wall in a group.

FINAL MEN'S STANDINGS: 1. Sierra 543.50, 2. Golden West 508, 3. Orange Coast 382, 4. Riverside 378, 5. San Diego Mesa 291. 6. Diablo Valley 280, 7. Santa Rosa 252.50, 8. Las Positas 243, 9. Ventura 106, 10. Foothill 102.

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On Friday (May 6), the Tiger men won their first relay at the state championships in RCC history with a first place finish in the 800-yard freestyle relay. The quartet of sophomore Adrien Deloffre (Dunkerque, FRANCE) -- who is pictured, freshman Maxence Bouvier (FRANCE), sophomore Alex Durham (Yucaipa / Yucaipa HS) and sophomore Garret Shimko (Riverside / Riverside Poly HS) touched their pad first with a time of 6:44.25.

Also, Durham won the 400-yard individual medley (IM) with a time 4:02.67, breaking a 36-year-old RCC record.

Additionally on Friday, RCC freshman Jakob Wood (Vista Murrieta HS) finished fourth in the three-meter diving event with a total of 201.75 points and Bouvier finished fourth in the men's 100-yard butterfly with a time of :49.33.

"Tomorrow (Saturday) will be an exciting conclusion of the season," said third-year RCC head men's swimming and diving coach Jason Northcott. Recently, Northcott was named OEC male (team) Coach of the Year at the OEC Championships

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In Thursday's action, Deloffre was third in the 500-yard freestyle (4:33.67). For Deloffre, it was the second time (also in 2015) that he had finished third in the state in the 500 free.

Also on Thursday, Bouvier was second in the 50-yard freestyle (:20.52). Two weeks ago, Bouvier was named Orange Empire Conference (OEC) co-male swimmer of the year at the OEC Swimming and Diving Championships, which were hosted at Fullerton College.

Additionally, Durham placed third in the 200-yard individual medley with a time of 1:12.31. RCC's 200-yard freestyle relay team was second (1:27.86).

The Tigers will continue competition at the CCCAA Championships, hosted at East Los Angeles College in Monterey Park through Saturday, May 7.

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The results of each event are on swimphone.com.

Additionally, there are some cool predictions on all of the events, including some interesting commentary on all of the competitors in the meet at:

http://cccaasports.org/sports/mswimdive/2015-16/releases/20160428kr6s33

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