REDLANDS — The Occidental swimming and diving teams traveled to Redlands on Saturday morning to compete in a tri-meet against the Bulldogs and Chapman, completing their dual-meet season with mixed results. On the men's side, the Tigers defeated Chapman 183-83 and lost to Redlands 212-82. On the women's side, Oxy beat the Panthers 193-104 and narrowly lost to the Bulldogs, 157-143.
Steven van Deventer, the reigning NCAA Champion in the 200-yard breaststroke, once again led the men with convincing wins in the 100 and 200 breast.
Overall, Oxy head coach Shea Manning was pleased with the way the men competed and is looking forward to the SCIAC championship meet on Feb. 21-23.
"It was nice to finish out the dual-meet season with a win against Chapman," Manning said. "Our guys are pumped for SCIACs. Despite a couple of lopsided losses, we know the playing field levels out with taper."
He added that the Tigers have a great opportunity to defeat teams they had previously lost to during the regular season, including Redlands.
The Occidental women kicked off the meet by touching first in the 200 medley relay and battled the Bulldogs throughout the day. Perhaps it was only fitting that they would need a win in the last relay of the meet to pull out the victory. Despite a solid effort by Zoe Namba, Maddy Kaczmarowski, Talia Marcopoto, and Juliet Suess they finished second, giving Redlands the win.
Other highlights included first-place finishes by diver Jessica Robson (1 and 3 meter), Caroline Chang(100 and 200 Breaststroke), Yuca Kosugi (200 Butterfly), Marcopoto (200 Backststroke), and Rose Seabrook (500 Freestyle).
Manning noted that there was a lot of excitement and anticipation surrounding this meet throughout the week.
"Redlands is always extremely competitive, we had a great meet against Cal Lu last weekend, and we are at the beginning of our taper," Manning said. "Unfortunately, I think as a whole, it made us a bit anxious."
Our expectations clouded our execution of our races. We were able to get on track midway through, built up a lead with the help of our divers, but Redlands had a great closing to the meet. We are looking forward to having another shot at them at SCIACs in a couple weeks."