INDIANAPOLIS — Steven van Deventer broke the SCIAC record in the 100-yard breaststroke twice and set an NCAA top-10 time in the event at the NCAA Swimming and Diving Championships on Friday.
The junior All-American and 200 breaststroke defending national champion hit the wall in 54.94 seconds, good enough for sixth place in a fast final heat. Last year he placed third in the event, but dropped significant time this year.
During the prelims in the morning session, van Deventer touched in 55.11.
"He changed his first 50 (yards) and that helped him go out a little faster and drop below 55 (seconds) for the first time," Oxy head coach Shea Manning said. "He's doing all of the right things to set him up for an awesome swim in the 200 breast tomorrow."
Caroline Chang swam in the women's 100 breast prelims in the morning session, finishing the race in 1:05.30 and in 22nd place.
Jessica Robson opened her NCAA Championship participation with the 1-meter diving competition on Thursday.
All three Tigers compete on Saturday. Robson has her signature 3-meter diving event and Chang and van Deventer both swim the 200 breast.
The prelim session begins tomorrow at 7 a.m. and the finals are at 3 p.m.
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