SWM: Warren’s distance double sparks SBCC to WSC win

Katherine Warren broke her record in winning the 1,000 freestyle and  captured the 500 free.

Katherine Warren broke her record in winning the 1,000 freestyle and captured the 500 free.

Katherine Warren won two events and lowered her school record in the 1000 free, leading SBCC to its second straight WSC women’s swimming victory in WSC No. 3 at San Marcos High.

Warren won the 500 and 1000 free and swam a leg in the victorious 400 free relay that capped the meet. Warren swam 11:27.89 in the 1000 free, shaving a few seconds off the school record she set two weeks ago.

Rachelle Visser was a double winner in the 400 IM and 200 butterfly. She won the 400 IM by 26 seconds in 4:44.32. The sophomore from Holland was second in the 200 breaststroke, giving her 57 points for the meet.

The Vaqueros won seven of 11 events and totaled 419.5 points. Ventura was second with 328.5, followed by Canyons (303), L.A. Pierce (262) and Allan Hancock (237).

“It’s really good to swim at home because everything is so comfortable, you know where everything is and you don’t have to worry about anything,” said Visser. “You feel a little more pressure to do well because you want to show everybody how well we’ve been swimming.

“I swam OK. I was a little tired so I didn’t do as well as I hoped but it was good enough.”

Alaina Chela won the 200 backstroke in 2:21.04 and took second in the 200 butterfly. Madelyn Brooks swam on both winning relays in the 4 x 100 IM and 4 x 100 free. Rocio Fesembeck, the star of the WSC champion water polo team, swam the 500 free for the first time this year and placed fifth.

“The girls really like swimming at home,” said second-year coach Chuckie Roth. “It’s hard when you train every day off-campus. It was nice to see so many students, friends, family and administrators come out and support them.

“Ashley Macedo’s 200 breaststroke was great, Katherine swam phenomenal in the 500 and 1000 free and Rachelle swam well. The big swim was that first relay with Madelyn Brooks on the anchor leg and the last relay with Sarah Westmoreland at the end.

“Alaina did a very nice job, swimming the 200 fly and 200 back, which are not easy to swim back-to-back. She also swam the butterfly leg in the first relay and made up five seconds.”

The Vaqueros will compete in the Pasadena Invitational on April 3-4.

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