Oxy women go 1-1, men drop two

Oxy women go 1-1, men drop two
By Sean Lee
Sports Information


CLAREMONT — The Occidental College swimming and diving teams returned to conference action against La Verne and Pomona-Pitzer for a tri-meet on Saturday at Claremont.

The women's team went 1-1 on the day, beating La Verne but falling to Pomona-Pitzer.

Jessica Robson (Elk Grove) got the women off to a good start with a first-place score of 238.35 on three-meter dive. With the win, the junior keeps her undefeated streak in the event.

Both women's relays, while touching the wall second in each, ranked in the program's top 10 all-time lists. Zoe Namba (Honolulu, Hawaii), Emily Watkins (Palo Alto), Yuca Kosugi (Boring, Ore.) andLauren Ransom (Albuquerque, N.M.) joined to finish with a time of 1 minute, 52.97 seconds in the 200-yard medley relay that placed them fourth on the all-time list. Different variations of the 200 medley relay this season now hold four of the six best times in Oxy history.

The 400 freestyle relay team of Ransom, Namba, Lizzy Kosin (LaGrange Park, Ill.) and Juliet Suess(St. Charles, Ill.) finished with a time of 3:44.37, good four seventh all-time in the event.

In addition to the relay, Kosin notched three top-three individual finishes. She came in second in 100 butterfly (1:00.81), third in 200 fly (2:15.23), and took second in 500 freestyle with a time of 5:24.54, which is good enough for ninth best in Oxy history.

Caroline Chang (Lisle, Ill.) won the 200 breaststroke with a time of 2:27.95 and took second in 200 individual medley (2:16.40).

"It was great for the women to come away with a win against La Verne," Oxy coach Shea Manning said. "Obviously, we had hoped for a much better outcome against Pomona-Pitzer, given we have had such competitive meets with them across the past several seasons."

Alexander Najarian (Glendale) claimed second-place finishes in 200 fly (2:07.44), 100 free (49.80) and 100 fly (55.43) for the men.

Steven van Deventer (Naperville, Ill.) was second in 100 breast (1:01.24), fifth in 200 IM (2:09.23) and sixth in 200 free (1:50.86).

The men's team finished 0-2, but its times were solid for this time of the season—some of them season bests.

"We are not walking away from this meet disappointed," said Manning. "The fact of the matter is we did not look bad by any means—we looked tired. And at this point in the season, I'd be worried if we didn't.

"Ultimately our main focus is on the SCIAC Championships and I think that the intense training through dual meets in January is the best way to reach our potential before we taper."

The Tigers head back out to Claremont on Jan. 19 to face Claremont-Mudd-Scripps and Chapman.