PASADENA — Although the final score in today's competition against Caltech wasn't close, it wasn't easy either. The Occidental College women's swimming and diving team beat the Beavers 171-51, while the men put up an equally impressive 141-74 victory. All of this in spite of the soreness associated with the intensity of winter break training.
While most students are spending the second half of winter break recovering from a variety of holiday celebrations, the Tigers are already back in the pool going through one of the more grueling portions of their season.
"Competition right now is about finding out where we are after some time off, followed by a week of intense training," Oxy coach Shea Manning said.
The team returned to the pool this week, but their workouts haven't been limited to swim sets. In addition to daily swim practices both men's and women's teams have been working out at the Cross-Fit facility in Eagle Rock.
Sophomore Aviva Alvarez-Zakson (Santa Monica) considers the extra workouts a key component to their daily fitness regiment.
"Personally, I'm really into the Cross-Fit workouts," Avarez-Zackson said. "I love the high intensity and the opportunity to challenge your-self in a different way."
Based on today's results, the team seems to be in a good place.
After a disqualification cost the men a win in the medley relay, the team went on to pick up a first place finish in every other event, including a 1-2-3 sweep in the 1000 yard freestyle, 200 free, and 100 breast
Manning noted the individual performances of sophomores Steven van Deventer (Naperville, Ill.) and Jack Sinclair (Alhambra) as well as freshman Matthew Connelly (Trumbull, Conn.) and sophomoreKevin Kuwata's (Rolling Hills) first and second place finish in the 500 free.
Van Deventer picked up victories in three events he rarely swims, the 100 fly, 1000 free, and 200 IM, while Sinclair led the team with wins in the 200 and 100 freestyle races.
The women were equally impressive taking first in all but two races, including 1-2-3 sweeps in 1000 free, 200 free, 50 free, 100 back, 500 free, and 100 breast.
Most of the women were swimming 'off' events in the meet or swimming in back-to-back races.
"The quick turnaround and off-events were an element of the training today," Manning said. "A major theme for us was in focusing on one race at a time and executing it in the most efficient way possible in that moment in time, without notice to how torn down we feel because of training this week or previous races in the day."
Among those taking home victories for the women today were; Rebecca Fernandez (Eagle Rock) in the 1000 free, Lizzy Kosin (LaGrange Park, Ill.) in the 200 free, Yuca Kosugi (boring, Ore.) in the 500 free, Cameron Brandt (Oak Park, Ill.) in the 100 fly, Caroline Chang (Lisle, IL) in the 100 back,Juliet Suess (St. Charles, Ill.) in the 500 free, and Emily Watkins (Palo Alto) in the 100 breast.
In the meantime, diver Jessica Robson (Elk Grove) continued her assault on the SCIAC winning both the 1M and 3M events. Robson hasn't lost in either event in a SCIAC meet for the past two seasons.
The victory runs the women's conference record to 2-0, while the men improve to 1-1 in SCIAC meets this season.
There'll be no rest for the weary as the Tigers return to the pool for a non-conference home meet on Monday. Oxy hosts Lewis & Clark at Taylor Pool at 11 a.m.