Women's Athlete of the Week
Mesa's Wong, Grossmont's Balinger share PCAC award
APRIL 21, 2014 - San Diego Mesa College swimmer Ian Wong and Grossmont softball player Nicole Balinger are Pacific Coast Athletic Conference Women's Athletes of the Week.
Wong, a freshman from Puiching School in Macau, won three individual events and swam on three winning relay teams in the PCAC Championships. She was named PCAC Female Swimmer of the Year.
Wong won the 100-yard individual medley (1:012.48), the 50 breaststroke (30.93 to break a five-year-old conference record) and the 100 breaststroke (1:070). She also swam on winning 400 free relay and 800 free relay teams.
Balinger, a freshman pitcher from El Capitan High School, pitched Grossmont to back-to-back wins over Imperial Valley 3-2 and Mt. San Jacinto 9-4 to clinch second place behind state No. 1-ranked Palomar.
She's won 10 of her last 12 games, with both of those loses at the hands of the defending state champion Comets, one by 1-0.
Honorable mention went to softball players Tiana Houston (San Diego City) and Jessica Thompson (Southwestern).
Houston, a freshman from Chula Vista High School, went 7-for-8 for the week in victories over state No. 11 Saddleback 14-10 and Mt. San Jacinto 4-3. She slugged two deep home runs vs. Saddleback, going 4-for-4 with five homers in her last three games. She's 19-for-23 the last two weeks.
Thompson, the Jaguars' catcher from Steele Canyon High, is on a 14-game hitting streak after going 2-for-3 for the week with five RBIs and two doubles.