The San Diego Mesa College men’s swim team is off to a speedy start at the 2019 PCAC championships at Southwestern College.
The three-day event in Chula Vista, California is the final meet of the year to crown the individual and team conference champions. The meet will also determine which swimmers will turn in times to qualify for the state championships. The top 16 individuals will automatically qualify in each event.
Similar to the women’s swim team, who found early success in the meet, the men didn’t wait long to grab their first title by winning the first event relay of the meet.
Jack Fischer, Nasreddine Elakkad, Jeff Kuo, and John Dickerson turned in a 1:30.25 time in the men's 200 free relay, which will preliminary qualify them for the state championships.
“We got out of the gates well,” states head coach Nate Resch. “Having won the first relay with that time is a great way to kick off the meet. It created outstanding momentum for the entire team.”
John Dickerson continues his impressive performance having won two individual events and anchoring the 200 free relay. “He has been lights out,” adds Resch. “His individual times are the 4th fastest 50 free (20.77) and 3rd fastest 200 free (1:41.22) times in the state this year.
Event 2 Men’s 200 Free Relay
1st: Mesa 1:26.04
(Jack Fischer, Nasreddine Elakkad, Jeff Kuo, John Dickerson)
2nd: Grossmont 1:26.47
3rd: Palomar 1:28.65
Event 6 Men 200 IM
2nd place Nasreddine Elakkad 2:03.47 (Mesa)
Event 8 Men 50 Free
1st: John Dickerson 20.87 (Mesa)
Event 10 Men 400 Medley Relay
Jeff Kuo, Nasreddine Elakkad, John Dickerson, Jack Fischer
3rd: Mesa 3:40.90
(Jeff Kuo, Nasreddine Elakkad, John Dickerson, Jack Fischer)
Event 14 Men 200 Medley Relay
Jeff Kuo Backstroke, Nadreddine Elakkad Breast, John Dickerson Fly, Jack Fischer Free
1st: Grossmont first place 1:43.00
2nd: Mesa 1:38.12
(Jeff Kuo, Backstrok; Nadreddine Elakkad, Breast; John Dickerson, Fly; Jack Fischer, Free)
Event 16 Men 400 IM
3rd place: Zachary Blanchard 4:38.19 (Mesa)
Event 18 Men 100 Fly
3rd Place Nasreddine Elakkad 52.38 (Mesa)
Event 20 Men 200 Free
1st place: John Dickerson 1:41.22 (Mesa)
Event 22 Men 100 Breast
2nd place Nasreddine Elakkad 1:00.54 (Mesa)
Event 26 Men 800 Free Relay
3rd place, Mesa 7:53.73
(Zachary Blanchard, Diego Tejada, Jared Jacobson, Jeff Kuo)