Oxy splits tri-meet at Claremont

Oxy splits tri-meet at Claremont
By Sean Lee
Sports Information

CLAREMONT – The Occidental College swimming and diving teams continued to post season-best times as both the men and the women split the tri-meet against Claremont-Mudd-Scripps and Chapman on Saturday.

Diver Jessica Robson (Elk Grove) continued her undefeated streak by beating last year's SCIAC runner-up, Carmen Lundell of CMS, on both one-meter and three-meter boards. Robson's score of 269.20 on three-meter was an NCAA Regional Qualifying Score and a new pool record.

"She's clutch," Occidental head coach Shea Manning said. "She's always at her best when we need her to be.

"She's never been given the opportunity to compete against the region's or the nation's best, so I am anxious to see how she performs when finally awarded that opportunity.

In the pool, women continued to rewrite Oxy record books.

The women's 400-yard medley A team of Caroline Chang (Lisle, Ill.), Emily Watkins (Palo Alto), Lizzy Kosin (LaGrange Park, Ill.) and Lauren Ransom (Albuquerque, N.M.) came in second with a time of 4 minutes, 4.71 seconds, which is the third fastest time in Oxy history. It is an in-season/non-tapered program best.

Alena Morris (Maple Valley, Wash.), Zoe Namba (Honolulu), Rebeca Fernandez (Eagle Rock) and Juliet Suess (St. Charles, Ill.) teamed up in the 400 freestyle relay to record a time of 3:43.83, good for seventh all-time in program history.

Suess added an individual victory in the 200 free (1:58.89) in an exciting race that was perfectly split.

All-American Chang threatened the pool record in the 200 breaststroke, but came up just short. Her time of 2:23.77 is currently a top 20 time in NCAA Division III. She also had a second-place finish in the 200 individual medley (2:13.08).

"She looked as sharp as I have ever seen her," Manning said. "When the team and I talk about executing a race to the best of our ability at that moment in time, this, along with Suess' and van Deventer's races, is exactly what we have in mind."

Steven van Deventer (Naperville, Ill.) won the 200 breast for the men with a time of 2:13.50.

Alexander Najarian (Glendale) had a pair of third-place finishes in 50 free (22.50) and 200 butterfly (2:02.40).

The men had sweeps against Chapman in the 200 free, 200 IM, 200 fly and 200 backstroke. They also won both the 400 medley relay (3:47.61) and the 400 free relay (3:34.61) against Chapman.

"We had a lot of very impressive swims from both the men and the women today," said Manning. "On top of having a very tough week of training, we are also in the tail end of our three-week long training camp.

"This was the slowest meet of the year for us last year, so to put up as many season-best times as we did bodes well for us.

The Tigers continue their dual meet season next week at Cal Lutheran.