Oxy Swim Teams Split at La Verne

Oxy Swim Teams Split at La Verne

LA VERNE – The Occidental College women's swimming and diving team claimed 10 of 14 total events en route to a 184-104 win over La Verne while the men fell, 159-120, on Saturday to open the dual meet season.

Rose Seabrook won the 1650-yard freestyle and 500 free with times of 18:34.20 and 5:26.45, respectively. The freshman's time in the 1650 puts her 5th all-time in Oxy history.

"The score was not indicative of how challenging the competition was for the women today," Oxy coach Shea Manning said. "They made us fight for every point with a lot of races that came down to the touch."

All-American Caroline Chang won both of the breaststroke events, clocking 1:08.55 in the 100 and 2:30.46 in the 200.

Yuca Kosugi was right behind Chang in the 200 with a time of 2:35.38 and added a win in the 100 butterfly, touching the wall at 1:2.64. Her 200 breast time is good for 9th all-time in program history.

Lizzy Kosin was victorious in the 200 fly with a time of 2:20.59 and led a one-two Oxy finish in the 400 individual medley with a winning time of 4:57.03. Chang was runner-up in the event with a 5:00.32.

In the 100 freestyle, Zoe Namba overtook two Leopards in the last 10 yards to win with a time of 56.14. Juliet Suess won the 200 free in a similar fashion, picking off La Verne's Sammy Shiomoto with a strong final 50 to win the race at 2:02.97.

"The fact that time and time again we were finding ways to get our hands to the wall first is a great testament to our training and huge confidence boost as we gain more racing experience and progress toward SCIACs," Manning added.

Namba, Suess, Kosugi and Kosin also combined to go 1:44.85 to win the 200 free relay.

Alexander Najarian and Steven van Deventer led the way for the men as the duo accounted for four first place finishes.

Najarian won the 200 fly and the 500 free, posting 2:01.93 and 5:02.48, respectively. The sophomore also placed second in the 200 backstroke, coming in at 2:05.80.

Van Deventer, the defending national champion in the 200 breast, won the same event with a time of 2:30.46, beating fellow All-American Marc Okimura of La Verne by nearly 6 seconds. The junior also claimed the 1650 free (18:02.07), and freshman Harrison Rosenthal outdueled La Verne's A swimmer Jarrett Peterson to finish second behind van Deventer in the 1650 at 18:55.28.

"I am very pleased with the effort we put forth in racing—we never stopped fighting," Manning said.

"Our main goal is reaching our potential at the SCIAC Championship Meet. La Verne handled us last year head-to-head, but we were more dominant in the SCIACs. There is no doubt in my mind that we have a team that has been putting in the training and has the talent to do that once again this season."