The Las Positas College men’s and women’s swimming teams had a lot of fun and success at the unique American River College Pentathlon on April 5.
“This was our last event to use as preparation for defending our four Coast Conference championships for both men and women,” Las Positas coach Jason Craighead said. The Hawks will compete at Chabot College in the conference meet April 18-20.
The ARC Pentathlon is sprint event, in which the 50 freestyle is a shootout-style race. Everyone swims the event and then the top eight men and top eight women go head to head, 1 vs. 8, 2 vs. 7, 3 vs. 6, etc., with the winners moving on to the top four and then the top two, and then the champion is crowned.
“Really exciting to watch,” Craighead stated of the 50 freestyle.
For the past six years, LPC had a swimmer in the final two, and Matt Lee (2016) had been the Hawks’ lone winner. This year, though, Las Positas made program history as sophomores Esteban Perez Del Rio and Sydney Magann went in as the top seeds and earned championships.
Las Positas also had multiple event winners to add to the success of the day: Drake Southern (FR) – 100 back champion, Hannah Tsui (SO) – 100 breast champion, Nico Cory (SO) – 100 breast champion.
In other highlights, Las Positas had its freshmen men face its sophomore men in both relays. Both relays were close, but the freshmen beat the sophomores both times.
“Great to see the future of our team is so strong,” Craighead says.