ALISO VIEJO – In the second and final tune-up meet before the dual meet season, the Occidental College men's and women's swimming teams turned in solid performances at the Orange County Invitational, with both teams finishing in third place.
Caroline Chang won both the 100- and 200-yard breaststroke with time of 1:09.17 and 2:30.77, respectively. She avenged her loss in the 100 breast from last weekend at the Redlands Pentathlon against Biola's Christine Tixier, who came in at 1:09.20 in the event.
A pair of freshmen women put together impressive races.
Rose Seabrook was less than seven seconds off the school record in the 1000 freestyle, winning the event with a time of 10:57.23, and she was runner-up in the 500 free, posting a 5:25.18. Talia Marcopoto finished second in 100 backstroke, touching the wall at 1:04.82.
For the men, Steven van Deventer recorded an in-season best time of 2:10.93 in the 200 breast to come in second, just getting out-touched by Concordia's Jake Lear. Van Deventer also finished third in the 200 individual medley (2:04.09) and the 100 breast (1:01.30).
In the men's 200 butterfly, Alexander Najarian blew past Concordia's Devin Grimalda in the final 50 with the race in 2:04.14. Najarian also picked up a fifth place finish in the 200 IM (2:04.32).
Oxy coach Shea Manning viewed the meet as an opportunity to gain experience in races and build on early-season training.
"This was your typical in-season training meet in the fact that we saw a large variety of performances," Manning said. "We had some really impressive races, but also had races where it was clear that the physically taxing training had impacted the mental approach racing as well.
"We'll continue to challenge that mentality and we know we will see improvements across the board as the season progresses and we gain more experience in our races."
The Tigers begin the dual meet portion of their schedule when they travel to La Verne on Dec. 7 to face the Leopards.