Sierra Women's Swimming and Diving: 2017 State Champions!

2017 Sierra College Women's Swimming and Diving team.
2017 Sierra College Women's Swimming and Diving team. (Photo by Matt Folsom/Sierra College)

Sierra Wins First Women's State Swim Crown

MONTEREY PARK, Calif. - In the first 39 years of the CCCAA State Swimming and Diving Championships, four colleges monopolized the state women's team crowns with one, Riverside City College, sneaking in a title in 1998. On Saturday, Sierra College became only the sixth school to win a women's championship with 470 points for the 2017 crown.

The Wolverines also are the fifth different team to win a state title in the past five years.

It was a sweet victory for Scott Decker, who has been head coach of the Sierra program for 22 seasons.

"It's very cool to see us become the first-ever Sierra state champion in women's swimming," Decker said. "Last year we took second and Orange Coast just smoked everyone. But we told our girls that just stay eligible, do the things you have to do return to the team, and work hard in the pool. We knew we had the makings of a really good team. This was just a great team effort. Winning the 400 medley relay was huge for us and gave us a big leg up on that first day of the meet."

Claudia Guillory, Abigail Brouwer, Lauren Ostrander, Corinne Linke, and Kirsten DePauw came together to win two Sierra relays titles, including the meet-opening 200 freestyle relay. Sierra won without an individual title.

  1. Sierra College, 470 - State Champions!
  2. San Diego Mesa, 322
  3. Santa Rosa JC, 310
  4. Santa Barbara CC, 269
  5. Las Positas College, 268
  6. Palomar College, 263
  7. Orange Coast College, 214
  8. Cuesta College, 196
  9. Riverside College, 178
  10. College of San Mateo, 173

(Excerpt from press release by Robert Lewis, originally posted on CCCAA)

Sierra Wins Back-To-Back Big 8 Championships!

The Sierra College women's swim & dive team made it two conference titles in a row, lapping the competition at last weekend's Big 8 championship at San Joaquin Delta College in Stockton. Coach Scott Decker's Wolverines earned 979 points to easily outdistance runner-up Santa Rosa (596 points) and advance to the CCCAA state finals May 4-6 at East LA College in Monterey Park. Sierra's Claudia Guillory's Big 8 record time of 4:37.11 in the 400IM earned her the Performance of the Meet, Wolverine Divers Nicole Cox and Melina Milburn were named Divers of the Meet and Decker was named 2017 Coach of the Year.

  1. Sierra College, 772.5
  2. Diablo Valley College, 481.5
  3. Santa Rosa College, 284
  4. American River College, 274
  5. San Joaquin Delta, 217
  6. Modesto College, 156
  7. Sacramento City College, 115
  8. Consumnes River College, 1

Story by Matt Folsom, Sierra College Athletics