Najarian, Relays Break 1977 Team Records at SCIACs

Najarian, Relays Break 1977 Team Records at SCIACs

WHITTIER — Alexander Najarian and company broke a trio of Occidental records — two of them held since 1977 — and the Oxy men's 200-yard medley relay crew added an NCAA "B" cut, as competition began at the 2015 SCIAC Championships at the Lilian Slade Aquatics Center on Thursday. 

Najarian led off the 800 freestyle relay by swimming his 200-yard leg in 1:41.29, breaking Mark Worthen's 200-yard free mark of 1:42.10. From there, Steven van DeventerCody Hamane and Matt Weiser kept a good pace, combining for a time of 6:56.74 that topped Worthen, Mark Lang, Nino Duccini and Bill Davis' previous program best. 

Both records stood for 38 years.

Weiser, van Deventer, Najarian and William Westwater teamed up to finish third in the 200 medley relay, earning All-SCIAC honors with a time of 1:32.70.

The Oxy women's 800 free relay team of Yuca KosugiRose SeabrookRebeca Fernandez andMadeline Gillman missed setting a team record by .14 seconds.

Oxy women's diver Belen Moreno won the consolation final of the 1-meter diving competition. 

Day 1 Standings: With five events scored, the Oxy men sit in fourth place and the Oxy women are in sixth.

From the Coach: "I'm really pleased with the first session we put together," Oxy head coach Shea Manning said. "We had to work out a few jitters, but it was ultimately a really great way to start the meet. We are energized and ready to get after our first full day of competition tomorrow."

Scoring Note: For the first time this season, 100 percent of the SCIAC team finish is determined by the number of points earned at the SCIAC Championships.

The Tigers are back in the pool for prelims at 9 a.m. and then return in the afternoon for final heats.


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