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Mt. SAC’s Ashley Tse: A Three-Time State Swimming Champion

Ashley Tse receiving CCCAA State Championships Swimmer of the Year and Performance of the meet award
Ashley Tse receiving CCCAA State Championships Swimmer of the Year and Performance of the meet award

(Cupertino, CA) In a remarkable conclusion to the 2018 Mt. SAC Women's Swimming & Diving season, sophomore Ashley Tse swept her three events becoming a three-time state champion for the Mounties.

Tse, who swam only one season at Mt. SAC, accomplished the feat at the recently concluded CCCAA State Championships at De Anza College May 3-5.

Highlighting her three championships was a new state record in the 200 Breaststroke with a time of 2:17.50, beating the old mark by 1.38 seconds.

Tse came out with a fast pace in the first 50 with a 31.14, she extended her lead through the middle 100, and heading into the final 50 it was certain that she'd win the race but also set a new record.

For her efforts she was named Women's Swimmer of the Year by the CCCAA.

"Since this was my last swim competively, I just wanted to have fun with it," said Tse, who also swam one year at UCLA as a freshman.

"I'm really glad to be a part of the Mt. SAC team," Tse said.

Her other two state titles came in the 100 Backstroke and the 200 IM, which she won with times of 56.20 and 2:03.68.

"Ashley's performance was amazing, winning all three of her events," Mt. SAC Swimming & Diving coach Chris Jackson said.

"She was the only female swimmer to do that, setting a new state record. It's been a long time since Mt. SAC had a state champion and Jodi Lepp (Mt. SAC assistant coach) had a big role in preparing Ashley for state."

In addition to Tse, five other Mt. SAC swimmers had a big part in their eighth-place finish in state out of 36 colleges competing.

"All six state participants swam well at the state meet," said Jackson of his team.

The Mounties had two of their four relay teams' finish in the top five in the finals.

The first was a fourth-place finish in the 200 Medley Relay with sophomore Jerica Djapri (Back), Tse (Breast), freshman Nikita Rubio (Butterfly) and freshman Erin DeAnda (Free) for a time of 1:50.34.

The fifth-place finish came in the 400 Medley Relay (4:02.48) consisting of the same four swimmers from the 200 MR.

The four swimmers improved their finals time 4.33 seconds faster than in the prelims.

Mt. SAC finished sixth in the 400 (2:40.23), with freshman Alexis Aguirre, Djapri, DeAnda and Tse.  The Mounties finished the 800 (8:03.39) Free Relay with an eighth place, consisting of Aguirre, DeAnda, sophomore Julia Nicholson and Tse.

DeAnda finished ninth in the 100 Free (53.32) and Djapri and Rubio raced in the 100 Fly for the Mounties.


Other Mt. SAC Results:

  • 100 Free – 9th, DeAnda
  • 200 Back – 11th, Djapri (2:16.43)
  • 100 Back – 12th, DeAnda (1:00.89), 15th, Djapri (1:01.91)
  • 200 Fly – 12th – Rubio (2:20.32)
  • 50 Free – 18th, DeAnda (25.46)
  • 200 IM – 22nd, Rubio (2:25.57)

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