COC Swim & DiveThe COC swim & dive program competed at the annual Mt. SAC Invitational held Feb. 23-25 in Walnut. The men’s team tied for sixth place in the field of eight, while the women’s team was 15th among the 21 competing schools. COC freshman Jessie Kim led the men’s team with a first place time of 25.18 in the 50-yard backstroke. Kim also took second in the 100-yard backstroke at 53.92, before finishing fourth in the 100-yard butterfly at 54.48. Sophomore Jessica Yamauchi placed a pace of 29.73 in the 50-yard backstroke and was the best finish of the day for the women’s team. Yamauchi went on to take third in the 100-yard backstroke at 1:03.73 and capped the meet with a fourth-place result in the 200-yard version of the event. The Cougars will host the first WSC meet of the season on Saturday, at the Santa Clarita Aquatic Center. Events will begin at 10 a.m.
COC Men’s GolfThe COC men’s golf team carded a five-man score of 374 at Stockdale Country Club on Monday, as the Cougars claimed their first victory of the season at the Western State Conference tourney hosted by Bakersfield College. The event represented the first conference tournament of the season, after last week’s WSC tourney hosted by Santa Barbara City College was postponed due to inclement weather. On Monday, Canyons was first in the clubhouse followed by second place Ventura College (384) and third place Glendale College (388). Sophomore Ben Campbell was the leader for the Cougars with his round of 72. That score ranked him second among the field of 46 golfers, just two strokes of the medalist mark of 70 turned in by Joey Herrera of Ventura. Sophomore Jaeyeol Kim was next for Canyons with his score of 74, followed by freshman Daniel Taplin at 75. Freshmen Michael Lindgren and Greg Smith filled the Cougars top-five with rounds of 76 and 77, respectively. Canyons competes next at the WSC tourney hosted by Ventura, to be held at 10:30 a.m., Monday at River Ridge Golf Course in Oxnard.
COC to Host ‘Big Win’The COC Athletics Department is hosting its annual “Big Win” benefit event on March 16, with all Cougar fans, supporters and alumni invited to an evening of food and fun in support of the college’s sports programs. Highlighting the event will be a raffle in which one lucky person will walk away with a $3,000 grand prize. Tickets to the event are $100 each and include two BBQ tri-tip dinners catered by Stonefire Grill, four drink tickets and one raffle entry into the “Big Win.” Winner need not be present to win. Net proceeds will benefit the COC Cougar Club, which supports the college’s 16 intercollegiate sports programs. The “Big Win” event will be held in the “Cougar Cage” located in the West physical education building on the college’s Valencia campus. Event parking will be available in campus lots 5 and 6, located off Rockwell Canyon Road. The evening begins at 6 p.m. The $3,000 grand prize raffle drawing will begin at 8 p.m. For more information or to purchase tickets please call the COC Foundation at 661-362-3545 or 661-362-3737.