RIVERSIDE, Calif. – Day one of the 2018 Orange Empire Conference (OEC) Swimming & Diving Championships kicked off today with 10 swimming events occurring. The Orange Coast College Pirates stole the show with each side finishing ahead of the pack with the men earning 246 total points and the women amassing 287 total points.
For the men, the Pirates earned all but one first-place finish. OCC's freshman Hayden Hemmens broke the 500 Free conference record with a time of 4:29.41. He snapped Riverside's Adrien Deloffre's record set in 2016. Michael Jones earned a first-place nod in the 50 Free after touching the wall with a time of 20.57. Dawson Sloan earned the bronze in the 200 IM with a clip of 1:54.99 after shaving four seconds off of his seed time.
Santiago Rivera highlighted Golden West's efforts as he hauled in the lone Rustler first-place finish with a clip of 1:51.51 in the 200 IM. He trimmed approximately four seconds off of his seed time. Jacob Thompson earned the silver medal in the 500 Free with a time of 4:45.02, while Connor Wallace placed fourth in the 500 Free with a mark of 4:49.41. Liam McClafferty placed fifth in the 500 Free with a clip of 4:51.77.
Riverside was highlighted by Javier Bernal as he placed second in the 200 IM with a time of 1:54.15. Farouk Zaoui placed third in the 500 Free with a time of 4:49.17.
Orange Coast paced the field of women with a trio of first place finishes. Lilli Lingard earned a first-place showing in the 50 Free with a clip of 23.99, while Kylie McCormick hauled in the gold with a time of 2:14.90 in the 200 IM. Cheyenne Morris reigned supreme in the 500 Free with a time of 5:13.34.
Supavee Nilaad highlighted RCC with a fourth-place finish in the 200 IM with a time of 2:19.10. Caelan Loroff earned a fifth place finish in the 500 Free with a time of 5:43.42, while Monet Marquez placed fifth in the 50 Free with a clip of 26.58. The Tigers did well in the diving events with Jaquelin Meza placing third in the one meter.
Saddleback's Kailey Banayat and Kaylee Inducil worked towards sixth-place finishes to helm their crew. Banayat earned a time of 2:20.82 in the 200 IM, while Inducil worked towards a5:50.59 clip in the 500 Free. Sarah Duke notched a second-place finish in the one-meter dive.
Below are the scores after day one:
Orange Coast – 287
Golden West – 214
Riverside – 168
Saddleback – 131
Cypress – 75
Fullerton – 0
Santa Ana -0
Orange Coast – 246
Riverside – 181
Saddleback – 159
Golden West – 104
Cypress – 100
Fullerton – 99
Santa Ana – 0