Vandy Wins Sixth SCIAC Championship

Vandy Wins Sixth SCIAC Championship

WHITTIER — Steven van Deventer made it 2 for 2 in breaststroke events in back-to-back days, winning the 200-yard race on Sunday for his second SCIAC Championship of the weekend and the sixth of his career.

Both Occidental swim teams finished fifth at the four-day SCIAC Championships. The Oxy women were just five points back of Whittier for fourth. 

In the 100 breast on Saturday, "Vandy" nearly hit the NCAA "A" cut qualifying time (54.46) and posted the second fastest mark NCAA Division III time in that event this year.

On Sunday, he broke the SCIAC Meet record in the 200 breast (Vincent Fai, CMS 2:00.37 in 2011), touching the wall in 2:00.12 for another individual title.

van Deventer, also a two-time defending national champion in the 200 breast, will go for his third NCAA Championship at the national competition in Shenandoah, Texas, starting on March 18.

Top Male Performers:

Alexander Najarian finished fifth in the 200 butterfly (1:53.22).

Matt Weiser finished sixth in the 200 breast (2:08.80).

William Westwater was eighth in the 200 backstroke (1:58.84).

Top Female Performers:

Rose Seabrook finished eighth in the 1650 (17:57.25).

Gabby Hanna was eighth in the 200 breast (2:29.81).

Rebeca Fernandez was 11th in the 1650 (18:08.70).

Day 3 Recap: Vandy is King of the SCIAC Breaststroke 

Day 2 Recap: Seabrook, Vandy Break Team Records

Day 1 Recap: Alexander Najarian and Company Break Records from 1977

Scoring Note: For the first time this season, 100 percent of the SCIAC team finish was 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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