O'Brien Records Oxy Top-10 200 Breast

O'Brien Records Oxy Top-10 200 Breast

ALISO VIEJO — Ellie O'Brien cracked the Oxy top-10 all-time list in the 200-yard breastroke and nearly did the same in the 100 breast, as both Occidental swimming and diving teams competed at their first scored meet of the year at the Soka Invitational on Saturday.

In the pool for the second time this season and against scholarship schools, the Oxy women finished fourth and the men were third.

"It's a great stepping stone and benchmark for improvement moving forward. Last week was an extremely challenging training week," Oxy head coach Shea Manning said. "Putting together solid races when we are broken down is always about gaining valuable experience." 

WOMEN'S RECAP: O'Brien swam the 200 breast in 2 minutes, 33.26 second, moving up to seventh all-time in the event. Her 100 breast time of 1:11.84 is the 11th best by a Tiger, missing the 10th spot by .02 seconds. The sophomore finished second in both events, beating all but one women's swimmer in a very competitive field. 

Lianne McKinney had another solid performance, placing third in the 100 butterfly (1:03.40). In her first collegiate meet last weekend she was Oxy's top peformer at the Bulldog Pentathlon. 

O'Brien and McKinney teammed up with Lauren Poppenhagen and Madeline Gillman to finish third in the 200 medley relay (1:57.67).

MEN'S RECAP: Cody Hamane was second in 200 breast (2:20.61) and fourth in the 200 butterfly (2:06.69) to lead the Oxy men's team.

Austin Lashley had a strong performance, finishing third in the 100 fly (55.42).

Hamane and Lashley also did well in the 200 medley relay with Alexander Najarian and Kevin Kuwata, placing third (1:43.74).

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