Sierra College women swim to state championship

First time in Wolverines’ history
By: Staff Report
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Women’s Swimming and Diving

East Los Angeles College Swim Stadium

Final Standings

1. Sierra College              470

2. San Diego Mesa           322

3. Santa Rosa JC              310

4. Santa Barbara CC        269

5. Las Positas College      268

6. Palomar College           263

7. Orange Coast College  214

8. Cuesta College             196

9. Riverside College         178

10. College of San Mateo 173

After three tough days of competition, the Sierra College women’s swimming and diving team made history by capturing their first-ever state championship last weekend at the East Los Angeles College Swim Stadium.

Mirroring what the Sierra College men’s team did last year winning their first state championship, the women used the same formula and achieved the same success. The team knew their superior depth would give them an advantage and claimed the title over second-place San Diego Mesa by almost 150 points.

Like the men, the Wolverines won two events and repeatedly placed swimmers and divers in the top eight of each event.

On day one, Sierra College got off to a good start. In the 200 freestyle relay, the team of Claudia Guillory, Lauren Ostrander, Corinne Linke, and Kirsten DePauw outdistanced the field to win in a time of 1:37.53.  To wrap up the day, the Wolverines won the 400 medley relay finale. 

Guillory, Ostrander, and Linke, along with sophomore Abigail Brouwer, shocked the field with a furious comeback to edge College of San Mateo in a time of 3:58.44.

The second day was much the same. Sierra College did not win any events, but still managed to extend their 57-point lead to 100. 

The team’s depth showed in two relays – the 200 medley and 800 freestyle – with a fifth and third place finish respectively. Eleven Wolverines picked up points throughout that day.  

Day three was perhaps Sierra’s best day. After the morning prelims, seven Wolverines qualified for the championship finals, two for the consolation finals, plus the 400 freestyle relay team advanced. 

The reality of a state title started to sink in as the competition wore on. By evening’s end the Sierra College women had made history. 

“This was a total team effort and we won this state championship because of the efforts of our entire team this whole season,” coach Scott Decker said. “I could not be more proud or think of a more deserving group to claim this first honor for our program and Sierra College than this wonderful group of young ladies.”