Hale Two State Top 20 Marks At Pasadena Swim Invitational

Nickey Hale in action at the Pasadena Invitational on Friday (photo by Richard Quinton).
Nickey Hale in action at the Pasadena Invitational on Friday (photo by Richard Quinton).

Nickey Hale and Arabella Carboni scored the majority of the squad's 202 points as the Pasadena City College women's swim team placed eighth out of 13 teams competing at the 22nd Pasadena Invitational on Friday-Saturday at East Los Angeles College.

PCC's Aquatic Center has not been available for the event since the 2019 due to interior pool damage and a 2-year dormant period because of the COVID-19 pandemic (2020-2021). 

Diablo Valley won the team title with 732 points. Former Lancer Melissa Cienega had her 2018 meet record in the 500 freestyle broken by El Camino's Mia Park at 5:11.28 (Cienega's previous invite record was 5:12.03).

While the team was unable to record an event win, Hale placed second in the 1,650-yard freestyle at 19:47.49, good enough for 12th best in the state this year. She also took second in the 200 freestyle (2:07.32). Her fourth in the 500 freestyle (5:42.21) is currently 19th in state. The sophomore also placed fourth in the 400 individual medley (5:17.35) and eighth in the 200 butterfly (2:40.33). 

Carboni, a freshman, scored fourth in the 100 breaststroke (1:15.88), fifth in the 200 breaststroke (2:45.99), 12th in the 50 freestyle (26.85), 12th in the 100 butterfly (1:04.96), and 13th in the 100 freestyle (59.07). 

Emily Padilla took ninth in the 1,650 freestyle in 22:07.98, and was 16th in the 400 IM. 

Hale's best chance at a conference title may depend on what three events El Camino's talented Park is entered in for the South Coast Conference Championships April 20-22, also at ELAC's Swim Stadium. Hale currently has the SCC's second-best times in the 500 and 1,650 freestyle events behind Park. Last year, Hale won the SCC gold medals in the 1,650 and 400 IM events.