Oxy women's swim beats Cal Lu, men fall

Oxy women's swim beats Cal Lu, men fall
By Sean Lee
Sports Information

LOS ANGELES – The Occidental College swimming and diving teams traveled to Cal Lutheran on Saturday and both the men and the women continued to post all-time Oxy bests.

Led by Zoe Namba (Honolulu), who won the 50-yard freestyle and was part of two winning relay teams, the women notched a 161-132 victory.

Namba's time of 25.40 in the 50 free was good for ninth all-time and her finish in the 100 backstroke (1:03.00) ranked eighth.

Both women's A and B medley relay teams ranked in the all-time top ten. The B team of Namba, Emily Watkins (Palo Alto), Lizzy Kosin (LaGrange Park, Ill.) and Juliet Suess (St. Charles, Ill.) won the race with a time of 1:53.38. The A team of Lauren Poppenhagen (Wellesley, MA), Caroline Chang (Lisle, Ill.), Yuca Kosugi (Boring, Ore.) and Lauren Ransom (Albuquerque, N.M.) was right behind at 1:53.86.

In all, the women posted six new top ten times in the race this season so far.

Kosugi also notched her first individual win of her collegiate career in the 500 free (5:27.12) and added a second-place finish in the 200 free (2:02.78).

The women also won the 200 free relay, which ranked fifth all-time in Oxy history. Ransom, Suess, Namba and Alena Morris (Maple Valley, Wash.) joined to finish with a time of 1:41.77.

Chang and Ransom each added a first-place finish in the 100 breaststroke and the 100 free, respectively. Chang touched the wall at 1:06.62 and Ransom came in at 55.80.

With the win, the women now have five SCIAC dual-meet points on the season and are tied with Pomona-Pitzer for second place in the conference behind Claremont-Mudd-Scripps who beat the Sagehens on Saturday.

Steven van Deventer (Naperville, Ill.) led the way for the men.

The sophomore won the 100 breast (1:00.40) and the 200 breast (2:14.26), and swam the breaststroke leg of the 200 medley relay (1:39.91) that ranked in the all-time top ten.

While the men lost 204-80, the score was not indicative of the races they swam. Kevin Kuwata (Rolling Hills) finished second in the 200 free (1:52.16), Alexander Najarian (Glendale) came in second in the 100 backstroke (57.55) and the men had a couple of close third-place finishes as well.

The Tigers finish the regular season next week against Whittier at Taylor Pool. It will be Senior Day, honoring the careers of Oxy seniors before the meet.