REDLANDS — Steven van Deventer (Naperville, Ill.) won the 200 yard breast stroke for the second day in a row, but the Occidental College men's swimming and diving team lost to last season's No. 7 finisher at nationals the University of Redlands on Saturday 181-56.
Van Deventer improved on his 2 minutes, 14.36 seconds first-place finish from Friday against Cal Lutheran University at Taylor pool, shaving a little more than 1 second off his mark with a time of 2:13.14.
His improvement wasn't as impressive as the runner-up he beat though.
Van Deventer hit the wall almost a half-second before Redlands' Jeff Depew, one of the premier NCAA Division III freshman prospects headed into this season.
Other than that and second place finishes from Kevin Kuwata (Rolling Hills) in the 50 free (22.63) and Zachary Condon (Newbury Park) in the 200 individual medley (2:08.94), Oxy didn't look great in the results.
But Oxy coach Shea Manning said his team still had the right mindset and gave the right effort, they were just matched up against one of the Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference's elite teams.
"While they knew outscoring Redlands was unlikely, they took every racing opportunity they had and did everything they could with it," Manning said. "You can't ask for more. If we continue to attack every opportunity, eventually things are going to go our way with points as well."