The article below originally appeared in the San Mateo Daily Journal and is being reprinted with permission.
Last year, Erica Vong etched her name in College of San Mateo lore as the school’s first state champion in women’s swimming. This year, she was honored as the top swimmer in the state and proved CSM’s greatest women’s swimmer of all time.
Vong capped her community college career in style Saturday, earning her fourth gold medal of the three-day state championship meet at the East Los Angeles College Swim Stadium in Monterey Park. The sophomore was crowned Women’s Swimmer of the Year in the California Community College Athletic Association after first-place swims in the 100-yard backstroke, the 200 back — breaking state records in both — the 200 individual medley and the 200 medley relay, as well as a silver medal in the 400 medley relay.
“[S]he’s a five-time state champion and leaves CSM as the college’s greatest swimmer of all time,” CSM head coach Randy Wright said via press release.
CSM men’s diver Travis Russo also earned two medals, claiming gold in the 3-meter board and silver in the 1-meter.
Vong capped her historic performance Saturday with a state record in the 200 back, posting a time of 2 minutes, 1.75 seconds. She bested the previous record, set in 2015 by Golden West’s Madison Varisco, by .44 of a second.
Vong opened the meet last Thursday with gold in the 200 IM with a time of 2:04.17. Later in the day, she recorded a state record in opening leg of the 400 medley relay at 54.46 seconds in the 100 back. She, along with Gabriela Montoya, Supriya Sharma and Isabella Paragas, took silver in the race.
Friday, the same quartet took gold in the 200 medley relay in 1:47.71. It was CSM’s first-ever relay gold. Vong later won the 100 back in 54.77. Saturday, Vong won her fourth gold with a 2:01.75 in the 200 back.