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VC Men Runner-Up at State; Pirate Women Place 14th


 Swim  4-30-2011  The Pirates' men's swim team gave it all they had, trailing first place Orange Coast by 74 points heading into Saturday's final day at the state swimming and diving championships at East Los Angeles College.  With three events remaining, they trimmed the deficit to 31 points, maintaining a shot at defending their 2010 state title.  The Pirates from the south, however, were too strong in the end, and Ventura finished the championships in second place with 480 points compared to OCC's 522.  The finish continued VC's streak of finishing in first or second place in the state in six of the past seven years.  (In 2009 Ventura finished third).  Meanwhile, the VC women totaled 119 points for a 14th place finish in the state's premier event.


 Swim  4-30-2011  From the Ventura County Star  The Ventura College men's swimming team defended its state title until the final swim, but not even a valiant push on the final day of the California Community College championships at East Los Angeles College was enough.  The Pirates used several big performances to reduce Orange Coast's big lead to 31 points with three events remaining, before settling for second place, 522-480 on Saturday.  Ventura has been either the state champion or runner up in six of the past seven seasons. The only other year, 2009, it was third.  "It was one of our best state championship performances," said Baratte. "We just came up against a stronger team."  With 551 points, Orange Coast also won the women's meet. Ventura finished 14th with 119 points.  READ MORE... 


 Swim  4-29-2011  From the Ventura County Star  For 15 minutes, Steven Tennant sat behind the blocks, staring at the water and picturing the best swim of his life.  Nearly four years after his previous championship meet, the VC freshman completed his comeback with not one, but two championship swims Friday night at the state championships at East LA College.  Tennant won the state title in the 100-yard backstroke and anchored VC's state record-setting 800 freestyle relay.  The quartet of Eric Donahoo, Erik Renspiess, Collin Baratte and Tennant cruised to victory in 6:43.32, more than six seconds ahead of second-place Diablo Valley and almost a second better than the previous record, set by Orange Coast in 2009.  The performance pulled defending champion Ventura into second place after two days of the three-day meet, within 74 points of leader Orange Coast. READ MORE... 


4-28-11   Swim   From the Ventura County Star  Lisa Simmons is a competitor, so it bothered her when Sierra's Molly Swartz tipped her for the state championship in women's 1-meter diving at the California Community College championships Thursday afternoon at East Los Angeles College.  But, considering she is only in her second year of diving, the Ventura College freshman was proud of her accomplishment.  With 204.75 points, compared to Swartz's 220.80, the Southern California champion confirmed her title by being the region's top finisher.  They will go head-to-head again today in the 3-meter event.  Seeking to defend its state team title, the Ventura College men's swimming team fell behind leader Orange Coast, 188-119. The Pirates are in third place after the first day of the three-day meet, trailing second-place Santa Rosa by 13 points. 



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