COMMERCE — Jessica Robson swept women's diving for the third year in a row, Steven van Deventer took both breaststroke events and Caroline Chang her made it a perfect 4 for 4 in her career in the 100 breast at the SCIAC Swimming and Diving Championships at Brenda Villa Aquatic Center over the weekend.
The Oxy women's team finished fifth at the meet and finish the conference season in fourth place after adding in dual-meet points.
The Oxy men placed seventh — losing to Whittier by just one point — a frustrating result considering they had a pair of relay teams disqualified early in the meet.
Claremont-Mudd-Scripps won the SCIAC Championship in both genders.
Robson set new SCIAC records in the 1-meter and the 3-meter diving competitions on her way to a pair of SCIAC championships. First she set the new 1-meter mark at 489.10 on Friday and then broke Oxy grad Marra Stankus' 1994 record in the 3-meter — the oldest women's SCIAC record — by posting a 491.85 on Sunday. Both scores qualify her for the NCAA Regional diving competition in Des Moines, Iowa next weekend.
It's been quite a career for Oxy's star diver. In four years, she's won 7 of 8 SCIAC championship diving competitions and had a streak of 28 consecutive conference wins.
"What a way to close out her SCIAC career, winning 7 of 8 possible championships," Oxy coach Shea Manning said. "And she's peaking right before she heads to Iowa which is a great sign."
Chang, the 2012-13 SCIAC Female Swimmer of the Year, added to her impressive resume in her final SCIAC meet, touching the wall first in the 100 breast (1:04.59). She also placed third in the 200 breast (2:22.08).
On the men's side, van Deventer won both the 100 (55.61) and 200 breaststrokes (2:00.46) — earning NCAA "B" cuts in both.
The junior was also involved in a couple of impressive relay performances.
"It's a team record by a substantial amount," Manning said. "The same four set the record last year. Another 2 seconds off that time speaks a lot about their commitment to training and improving and it's exciting to think about next year since they're all returning."
Other notable men's performances included; Najarian finishing in second in the 100-yard fly (49.60) and third in the 200 fly (1:51.93); Kuwata placing third (56.88) in the 100 breast; and David Avery winning the consolation finals of the 200 backstroke (2:00.43).
Oxy freshman Rose Seabrook finished fifth in the mile (17:49.72) with a new school record.
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