College of the Canyons hit the water at the 2017 Western State Conference (WSC) Finals last weekend in Santa Maria, combining to bring home four individual conference titles and set a number of school records, while also establishing a program first.
COC freshman Jennifer Yamauchi became the first individual conference champion in school history after clocking a time of 1:01.11 to set a new school record and win the 100-yard backstroke event.
Yamauchi, who has been COC's top swimmer on the women's side throughout the season, also finished runner up in the 200-yard backstroke with a school record time of 2:10.91.
Earlier in the weekend, Yamauchi finished fifth in the 200-yard individual medley (2:10.66). She also swam as a part of all four relays teams at the meet.
Yamauchi, Coffey, Peterson and Rainbird also took fourth in the 400-yard medley relay (4:30.32) and fifth in the 200-yard medley relay (1:57.91).
Individually, Coffey was a fourth place finisher in the 50-yard freestyle with a new school record of 25.19. She also placed fourth in the 100-yard breaststroke (1:12.89).
Peterson also swam to a fourth place finish in the 100-yard butterfly (1:04.36).
The COC women's team placed eighth at the meet.
For the men's team, Jessie Kim was the top finisher with his two individual WSC titles.
Kim finished more than a second ahead of his closest competitor in the 100-yard backstroke to win the WSC title with a school record time of 53.07. The following day, he won the WSC title in the 200-yard backstroke with a time of 2:01.86.
Kim also finished fourth in the 200-yard individual medley (2:02.77).
William Karren was the other individual winner for Canyons, taking the WSC title in the 100-yard butterfly with a time of 52.26. Karren also finished third in the 200-yard butterfly at 2:01.49.
The 400-yard freestyle team of Tran, Kim, Gragas and Karren took third at 3:15.19.
The COC men's team finished sixth at the event.
As a result of their respective performances, Kim, Karren and Yamauchi have all qualified to compete at the 2017 California Community College Athletic Association (CCCAA) State Championships being held May 4-6 at East Los Angeles College in Monterey Park.