Tuesday September 22 was National Voter Registration Day. In conjunction with that day, the Ventura College Athletic Department has paired with the Associated Students of Ventura College to encourage 100 percent voter registration among eligible student athletes and 100 percent registration among VC students. The effort is also encouraging all students to become educated voters and participate in this fall's election.
Despite the movement of classes online and the cancellation of most of the spring season, student athletes at Ventura College continued to achieve academically in 2019-20. In the fall, 99 student athletes made the Dean's list, signifying a grade point average of 3.5 or above, while 107 student athletes were honored on the Dean's list in the spring 2020 semester.
The Ventura College Athletic Department is pleased to report that they list 83 student athletes from 2019-20 who are slated to transfer to four-year institutions in the fall, as of August 31. Of those transfers, 60 plan on continuing their athletic careers at their new school, most of them with an athletic scholarship. The transferring student athletes will attend 58 different schools in 26 states around the country.
The season had barely began, and then it was over. In a sport where progression of training builds to a pair of three-day meets at the end of the season, the Ventura College men's and women's swimming and diving teams had barely gotten in the pool before the coronavirus ended the year. Despite the short campaign, the Pirates still managed to make their mark.
The California Community College Athletic Association (CCCAA) Board of Directors voted unanimously on Thursday that the remainder of the 2020 spring sports season will be canceled, the spring season of competition for approximately 9,500 student-athletes will be restored and face-to-face recruiting and recruiting-related travel is being prohibited immediately but will be re-evaluated next month. Ventura College is a participant in the CCCAA, and the college has moved to all online instruction for the remainder of the spring semester.
In accordance with a directive from the California Community College Athletic Association (CCCAA), Ventura College has indefinitely postponed all spring sports, including nontradtional seasons, due to concerns over the COVID-19 outbreak. The move was voted upon by the CCCAA Board of Directors on Thursday afternoon.
The Pirates men's and women's swimming and diving teams competed at the Western State Conference Invite No. 2 hosted by Cuesta Saturday in San Luis Obispo. The VC men placed second of nine teams while the women finished eight of the 10 competing teams. Lauren Hooyer won the 50-yard freestyle for the women's best finish while Lester Wright and Atruro Medina brought home gold for the Pirate men.
The Pirates' men's swimming and diving team took first place at the Western State Conference No. 1 meet at Citrus College in Glendora on Friday. Lester Wright continued his prowess in the 1m and 3m diving competitions while Marcel Hurtibise, Johnny Van Mannaks. Collin Spargur and Arturo Medina all turned in individual gold medal performances. The Pirate women came in fourth place overall led by the first place finish in the 200-yard freestyle relay.
The Pirates' men's and women's swimming and diving teams opened their 2020 campaign on Friday hosting the Larry Baratte Invitational. The VC men were second and the women were fourth in the Western State Conference preview event named for Ventura's Hall of Fame coach who retired in 2016. Lester Wright had a record-setting day in the 1m and 3m diving competitions while Arturo Medina and Marcel Hurtubise also won events. Masiel Martinez and Raylynn Lipsky earned the highest finished for the VC women.
Adrianna Bese set a new school record in the 200-yard breast stroke on Saturday, highlighting the final day of competition at the CCCAA State Championships at De Anza College in Cupertino. The sophomore touched in 2:28.23, good for eighth place and the new school mark. Gracelyn De La Cruz also earned individual points for the VC women, who finished 11th overall, and Cooper Fuchs led the Pirate men with his third top performance o fthe three-day meet. The Ventura men came in ninth place in the championships.
VC sophomore swimmer Cooper Fuchs claimed the silver medal in the 100-yard backstroke Friday, highlighting the second day of competition for the Ventura College men's and women's swimming and diving teams at the CCCAA State Championships at De Anza College in Cupertino. Fuchs touched in 51.03, less than half a second off the gold medal pace. Meanwhile Marcel Hurtubise also earned individual points for the Pirate men while Adrianna Bese, Alli Hopkins and Gracelyn De La Cruz earned individual points for the VC women.
The VC Men's and women's swimming and diving teams competed on Day 1 of the CCCAA State Championships at De Anza College in Cupertino with the Pirate women totaling 51 points, good for a tie for ninth place overall, and the Ventura men earning 42 points for 12th place in the standings. Alli Hopkins and Cooper Fuchs led the Women and men, respectively, on the first day of state competition.
The Ventura College men's swimming and diving team finished a strong second, and the Pirate women finished sixth at the Western State Conference Championships completed Saturday in Santa Clarita. Cooper Fuchs came in a close second in the 100-yard freestyle and anchored the come-from-behind victory in the 400-yard freestyle relay to lead the men while Hunter Massey earned silver in the 1650-yard swim. Adrianna Bese, Gracelyn De La Cruz and the 400-yard freestyle relay all earned silver medals for the women.
On day two of the three-day Western State Conference Championships in Santa Clarita, the Pirates' men's and women's swimming and diving teams continued to post strong performances. Cooper Fuchs led the charge wonce again with his second individual gold in the 100-yard backstroke and also helped Kevin Smallwood, Marcel Hurtubise and Tobias Hynes to a runner-up finish in the 200-yard medley relay. For he women, Alli Hopkins earned silver in the 100-yard butterfly while Adrianna Bese and Gracelyn De La Cruz had personal-best times in the 100-yard breast stroke and backstroke events, respectively.
The Ventura College men's swimming and diving team led the Western State Conference championships after day 1 of the three-day meet at College of the Canyons while the Pirate women were fourth with a series of strong performances from both teams. Cooper Fuchs highlighted the day with a lifetime-best time of 20.31 in the 50-yard freestyle to claim the conference title. The men's 200-yard freestyle relay also claimed gold while the women's 400-yard medley relay team won silver. Alli Hopkins was second place in the 50-yard freestyle to lead the Pirate women.
The Ventura College men's and women's swimming and diving teams competed at the Pasadena Invitational on Saturday, with the VC divers taking to the pool on Thursday of the three-day meet. Despite the abbreviated competition schedule, the Pirates posted some highlight-worthy performances. Izaiah Martinez claimed third in the 3m diving event, followed by Rawley Mathis in fifth while Cooper Fuchs was fourth in the 100-yard freestyle. Adrianna Bese, Kaitlin Reagan and Aryanna Martinez all earned points as individuals for the VC women.
The Ventura College men's and women's swimming and diving teams maintained their conference standings at the Western State Conference #3 meet hosted by Santa Barbara City College on Friday. The Pirate men placed second of four teams, paced by the strong performance in the diving competition while the VC women came in fourth place of the five competing teams, just points out of third place. Deon Crilly led the effort with first place finishes in the 1m and 3m diving competitions.
The Ventura College men's and women's swimming and diving teams hit the pool Saturday in the Western State Conference meet No. 2 at College of the Canyons Saturday with the men finishing second and the women earning fourth place among eight and 10 teams, respectively. Deon Crilly and Hunter Massey both earned first place finishes to lead the men while Alli Hopkins captured a gold for the Pirate women.
The VC men's swimming and diving team finished in first place and the Pirate women were third at the Western State Conference #1 meet hosted by VC at the Ventura Aquatic Center on Friday. Cooper Fuchs, Marcel Hurtubise and Deon Crilly each had two individual golds for the men and Jake Peters brought home one first place finish to lead the way. Alli Hopkins and Adriana Bese each placed in two individual events to lead the women.
The Ventura College men's and women's swimming and diving teams competed at the 34th Annual mt. SAC Invitational in Walnut, with the divers competing on Thursday and the swimmers making the trek to Walnut on Saturday. Deon Crilly posted a pair of silver medal performances in diving while Cooper Fuchs led the swimmers with an individual second and third place, respectively. Alli Hopkins and Adrianna Bese each had individual seventh place finished to lead the VC women.
The Ventura College men's and women's swimming and diving teams opened the 2019 season Friday on a picture perfect morning at the Ventura Aquatic Center. Cooper Fuchs led the VC men with four top-10 finishes while Marcel Hurtubise and Tobias Hynes also produced a pair of top-10 performances. For the women, Alli Hopkins and Gracelyn De La Cruz both had two top-10 finishes.
Ventura College freshmen swimmers Adrianna Bese and Cooper Fuchs both performed well at the CCCAA State Swimming Championships Thursday through Saturday at De Anza College in Cupertino. Bese set a new school record in the 200-yard breast stroke and placed in her only other event while Fuchs went three-for-three in events entered and events in which he scored points for the Pirates at the final competition of the season.
Both the Ventura College men's and women's swim teams finished fourth in the Western State Conference Championships that were completed Saturday in Bakersfield. Adrianna Bese and Sarah Rundle each had medal-winning performances for the women on the final day of the three-day meet while David Peterson, Cooper Fuchs and Hunter Massey turned in medal-worthy performances for the men.
The Ventura College men's and women's swim teams continued competition on day two of the three-day Western State Conference Championships on Friday in Bakersfield with both teams maintaining a fourth place standing. Adrianna Bese provided the best finish of the meet to this point for the women with her silver medal in the 100-yard breast stroke while Cooper Fuchs continued his strong meet with a second place finish in the 100-yard backstroke to lead the men.
The Pirates' men's swim team was in second place while the women were in third following day one of three days of competition Thursday at the Western State Conference Championships in Bakersfield. Cooper Fuchs claimed VC's lone conference title in the 50-yard freestyle while Kelsey Golden claimed the women's best individual result on the day, a sixth place finish in the 50-yard freestyle.
Pirate freshman Katie Heath earned VC's first points in the Western State Conference Swimming and Diving Championships. She came in fifth place finish in both the 1m and 3m springboard diving competition at the WSC/SoCal Diving Championships at El Camino College in Torrance Friday and Saturday. With her performance, she gave the Ventura women 28 points heading into next week's WSC Championships at Bakersfield.
The Ventura College men's and women's swim teams had good performances Friday at the Pasadena City College Invitational. Cooper Fuchs continued his strong season earning points in three individual events and with two more relay teams. Meanwhile, Adrianna Bese had the best finish for the Pirate women, and helped also one relay into the scoring column.
The California Community College Athletic Association honored its academic awards for the 2016-17 year on Wednesday at the Celebration of Scholar Athletes Luncheon in Concord at the CCCAA Annual Convention. The Pirates' women's swim team was one of the teams honored with the CCCAA's highest team academic recognition, the 34th such team award earned by Ventura College teams in the past 18 academic years, a state record. At least one Pirate team has been honored in each of the past 18 academic years.
The Ventura College swim teams competed in the Western State Conference #2 meet in Bakersfield Saturday with the men finishing third of the eight competing teams and the women placing fourth of 10 teams. Cooper Fuchs led the charge on the men's side with three top-8 finishes, including first place in the 50-yard freestyle and two second place finishes. Adrianna Bese, Christina Jimenez, Kelsey Golden and Gracelyn De La Cruz all recorded a pair of top-8 finishes for the Pirate women.
The Ventura College men's and women's swim teams traveled to San Luis Obispo over the weekend for the 40th Annual Cuesta College Swim Invitational. The Pirates battled cold, rainy weather and a bout with illness running through the team in competition with some of the top swim programs from Southern and Northern California. Anthony Amezcua turned in the top individual performance for the men while Adrianna Bese had thebest swim of the meet for the women.