Oxy Swim Teams Impressive in First Home Meet

Oxy Swim Teams Impressive in First Home Meet

LOS ANGELES — Despite a 30-minute delayed start caused by a technical glitch that could've thrown off their rhythms, the Occidental College men's and women's swimming teams turned in dominant performances en route to dual-meet victories against Lewis & Clark, 157-103 and 196-66, respectively, at Taylor Pool on Wednesday.

The women swept all 14 events while the men won eight en route to earn first dual-meet win of the season.

"I am really pleased with our results today," Oxy head coach Shea Manning said. "I was worried that the delay could throw us off mentally even more than it would physically, but our swimmers didn't miss a beat. They made the best of the situation by modifying their preparation needs."

Caroline Chang led the way for the women with individual victories in the 50-yard breaststroke (0:32.00), the 100 breast (1:09.91) and the 200 individual medley (1:04.31). She also swam the breaststroke leg of the 200 medley relay win.

A pair of freshmen, distance specialist Rose Seabrook and backstroker Talia Marcopoto, posted victories in their respective events. Seabrook cruised to wins in the 1000 (11:03.14) and the 500 (5:29.02) freestyle.

"Rose is one of the hardest workers I've ever seen and I am excited to see how that hard work pays off at the SCIAC Championships," Manning said. "She's going to shock a lot of teams–she may even shock herself."

Marcopoto claimed both backstroke events, touching the wall at 0:29.16 in the 50 and 1:02.38 in the 100.

"We are very pleased with what we're seeing from Talia and the freshmen," Manning added. "Across the board, the freshmen don't really have much training under their belts and I think we will see a lot of breakout swims at the SCIACs."

Steven van Deventer and Alexander Najarian accounted for all six of the men's individual wins.

Najarian was victorious in the 200 free (1:52.79), the 100 free (0:49.55) and the 100 IM (0:58.18). Van Deventer, the defending national champion in the 200 breaststroke, posted wins in the 50 breast (0:27.71), the 100 breast (1:00.46) and the 50 butterfly (0:24.96).

"I felt pretty good for this time of the year," van Deventer said. "Last year, we were able to overtake some teams in the SCIACs and we're hoping to do that again this year."

Van Deventer added a win in the 200 medley relay, swimming the breaststroke leg.

Oxy returns to conference action on Saturday when it travels to take on Pomona-Pitzer in Claremont.

"It is nice to get the training camp race jitters out before we return to SCAIC competition on Saturday," Manning added. "We have a better sense of where we are athletically, which will allow us to make some last-minute adjustments in our races."