Swim team places well in ’09 Championships

Moore led his team on Saturday, ranking seventh in the state in the 100-yard butterfly. (Shannon Patrick)

John Franz


John Franz
Sports Editor

The Saddleback College swim team had a strong presence at the state meet in Long Beach last Saturday. The women finished 12th overall, with two top-10 performances. The men’s team finished eighth.

Women’s swimmer Hoklam Lau swam the 100-yard butterfly in 00:59.18, which was good for a seventh place finish in the state.

Alison Berrien earned a 10th-place finish in the 100-yard breaststroke with a time of 1:08:01. The women’s 12th-place finish was routine for the Gauchos who finished in the top 15 as they have for the past five seasons.

“Everybody in the Orange Empire Conference worked very hard, their times are great,” Marina Mladenavic said.

On the men’s side, Kris Moore, James Hickson, and Marcus Schlundt-Bodine all placed in the top 10 on the final day. They were key components in the men’s eighth-place finish.

Moore led the team on Saturday, as he ranked seventh in the state with a time of 1:58.80 in the 100-yard butterfly. Hickson placed eighth in the 200-yard backstroke with a time of 1:59.86.

A time of 2:10.55 earned Schlundt-Bodine ninth place in the 200-yard breaststroke.

The eighth place finish was the Gauchos best at state since 2000 when they finished sixth.

Earlier in the week, the team of Hickson, Schlundt-Bodine, Pat Moore, and Chris Woods led the Saddleback team to a sixth-place finish with a combined time of 3:32.56 in the 400-yard individual medley relay.

In the women’s 400-yard IM relay, Helen Blacker, Berrien, Lau, and Mladenovic finished in seventh place with a time of 4:06.78. Lau also finished in tenth place with a time of 1:02.33.

Issac Mendoza finished 13th in the 500-yard freestyle with a time of 4:48.95 which was his best performance on the weekend.

Alison Berrien earned a 10th-place finish in the 100-yard breaststroke. (Shannon Patrick)