Oxy Swim Teams Compete in First SCIAC Meet

Oxy Swim Teams Compete in First SCIAC Meet

CLAREMONT — The Occidental men's and women's swimming and diving teams got their first taste of SCIAC competition against Claremont-Mudd-Scripps and Chapman at CMS on Saturday.

The Oxy men went 1-1, beating Chapman, and the women went 0-2.

Season Impact: The meet was a good measuring stick for the Tigers to see where they are early in the season, but SCIAC dual-meets no longer count toward the final SCIAC standings. Only the SCIAC championship is scored, a change in format that is new this year.

Men's Recap: Steven van Deventer, Oxy's star and two-time defending national champion in the 200-yard breaststroke, won both the 100 (59.24) and 200 (2:11.23) breast to lead the Tigers. Cody Hamane took first place in the 1650 freestyle (18:06.90) and Matt Weiser swam maybe Oxy's most impressive race of the day to hold off a trio of CMS swimmers in the 500. Weiser touched the wall in 4:55.25, edging Graham Spurzeman (4:55.67), Patrick Shultz (5:00.50) and Cory Johnson (5:08.36), earning the team's MVP of the meet award.

The Tigers' 200 medley relay team of Weiser, van Deventer, Austin Lashley and Alexander Najarianwas better than its ever been at this point in the season, swimming the 10th best time in Oxy program history (1:38.14).

Women's Recap: Despite a disappointing overall score as a team, the Tigers had a handful of standout performances. Madeline Gillman and Madeleine Kaczmarowski both notched Oxy All-Time Top 10 performances.

Gillman did it in the 1650 (19:00.43) and Kaczmaroski did it 100 backstroke (1:03.38).

Rose Seabrook won the 1650 (18:39.33).

The Tigers fell behind early when their opening relay was disqualified and lost a handful of close races, putting them behind quickly in points. 

Next Meet: The Oxy men's and women's teams will compete next weekend at the Collegiate Winter Invite at Commerce on Dec. 12-14. Their first home meet of the season is on Jan. 6 against Lewis & Clark and Westminster. 

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