PASADENA — The Occidental College men's and women's swimming and diving teams both earned dual meet wins at Caltech on Wednesday, picking up a pair of points each with one meet left before the SCIAC Championships. The Oxy women won 165-71 and the men 132-96.
The women won every single event and had two freshmen swimmers win their first collegiate races. Rachel Wilson (Pasadena) won the 1,000 yard freestyle (12 minutes, 11.55 seconds) andGabby Hanna (Seattle) won the 100 breaststroke (1:13.96).
Jessica Robson (Elk Grove), Oxy's standout female diver, kept her season-long undefeated streak alive, winning both the one-meter and three-meter diving competitions for the women.
The men's meet was a different story and maybe a little closer than Occidental swimming and diving coach Shea Manning would have liked.
"There was a lot of really good racing, then we ended up taking control in the second half of the meet," Manning said, adding that having to overcome not having any competing divers was a challenge. "We were able to pull away from them despite a 26-point setback in diving."
Steven Van Deventer (Naperville, Ill.) won three events — the 200 individual medley (2:05.6), the 100 butterfly (56.53) and the 100 breast (1:01.52).
Both squads host Pomona-Pitzer next weekend in their final meet before the SCIAC championships.
"For the guys, there's going to be a lot of opportunity against Pomona to make a statement in individual events," Manning said. "And if we put ourselves in a position where we make a lot of those statements, we'll make it a good competitive meet."
The women on the other hand will be racing their biggest meet of the year, facing a Pomona-Pitzer team that they have historically had trouble beating.
"I think for the women it's a huge opportunity next week to beat Pomona for the first time in decades. Both teams are going in 5-1 in SCIAC so there is a lot on the line going into the championship meet as the second place team."