Junior Kenisha Liu of Ayala is a back-to-back champion in the 100-yard freestyle event while breaking a new meet record at the CIF Southern Section Division 2 record with a time of 49.72 seconds, that has stood strong for over 36-years.
The record was set in 1979 by Jill Sterkel from Hacienda Heights Wilson High.
“I just wanted to bounce back (from her first event in the 200 free) and see if I could get first in this event because I won it last year,” she said. “I wanted to be a defending champion.”
Liu finished second in the 200 free event with a time of 1 minute and 47.22 seconds.
“I wanted to get first but I got second,” she said. “Its okay because Taylor Ault (of Sonora High) who won was amazing.”
Her efforts contributed to the team’s third place finish in the meet behind Crean Lutheran and Glendora.
Lui also competed in Ayala’s 200-yard freestyle relay team which broke its own record from 2013 with a time of 1 minute and 36.30 seconds. Liu was one of two members, along with Megan Delgado, of this year’s team that was also in the record-setting event in 2013.
Freshman Mikki Thompson and junior Shannon Steele were also apart of the 2015 Ayala team.
The group of Ayala girls also finished third in the overall team standings behind Crean Lutheran and Glendora.
Thompson finished third in the 200 IM and 500 free championship events.