The College of the Canyons men's and women's swim teams got the season underway at the 2017 John Joseph Western State Conference (WSC) Pentathlon held at the Ventura Aquatic Center on Feb. 10, with the Cougars receiving standout performances from freshman Tyler Tran and sophomore Jennifer Yamauchi.
Hosted by Ventura College, the meet featured a field of 10 women's teams and seven men's teams in a non-scoring competition. Each swimmer at the event competed in five events, which included the 100-yard butterfly, backstroke, breast stroke, freestyle and individual medley.
Tran finished the day ranked second overall in the field of 54 pentathlon swimmers, after placing no lower than sixth place on the day.
His performance was highlighted by a second place finish in the 100-yard freestyle with a time of 49.27. Tran also placed second in the 100-yard individual medley with a time of 57.70.
Tran also brought home fourth place finishes in the 100-yard butterfly (55.69) and backstroke (58.40), and a sixth place mark in the breast stroke event (1:06.74).
Yamauchi was the only event winner for Canyons, taking first place in the women's 100-yard backstroke with a time of 1:02.15. She also placed fifth in the women's butterfly at a pace of 1:06.26.
Overall, Yamauchi ranked fifth among the field of 57 pentathlon swimmers.
Canyons will next compete at the Mt. SAC Invite on Friday, Feb. 24.
— Story by Jesse Muñoz/COC Sports Information