CLAREMONT – The Occidental College swimming and diving teams returned to conference action during one of the hardest parts of the season and earned split results against Pomona-Pitzer and Caltech on Saturday.
Both teams beat Caltech, but neither could match Pomona-Pitzer's depth.
Rose Seabrook extended her winning streak in the 1000-yard freestyle and beat second-place Lexi Davis of Pomona-Pitzer by nearly 17 seconds with a time of 11:06.46. The freshman also moved up the program's top 10 list in the 500 free with a third place finish of 5:22.98.
Diver Jessica Robson continued her SCIAC dominance on the diving boards. The senior scored 226.35 on the 1-meter platform and 244.10 on the 3-meter to get two events in Oxy's column.
Van Deventer had an in-season best time in the 100 breast (59.11), edging out Pomona-Pitzer's Kyle Dalrymple by just over two-tenth of a second. The junior also took the 200 breast (2:10.96) later in the meet, out-touching Dalrymple again.
Najarian showed why he is the defending SCIAC Champion in the 100 butterfly and used a strong final 25 to beat out two Sagehens to win the race at 53.28.
Top breaststroker and sprinter Kevin Kuwata was forced sit out due to illness.
"We were battling a lot of setbacks this week—illnesses and injuries were abound," Oxy coach Shea Manning said. "But I am always impressed with how our team is able to make the best of our racing situations and remain positive during the most draining part of the year.
"This is a hard time of the season, but we are gaining great experience and setting ourselves up for some phenomenal swims in the coming weeks as we approach our taper."
The Tigers return to action to next week when the divers host Claremont-Mudd-Scripps at the Rose Bowl Aquatic Center on Jan. 17 and the swim teams face the Stags and the Athenas at Taylor Pool on Jan. 18.
The meet will be broadcast on Oxy's live streaming portal and water polo coach Larry Zubrin will call the action. There will be player and coach interviews throughout the meet.