LA VERNE – In a meet that typically matches up well on paper, the men's and women's Occidental swim teams pulled off strong performances with the men coming out victorious and the women falling in a close match-up.
The men faced an undersized La Verne team, which did not swim a 200 medley, helping the Tigers open with a 1-2 win and paving the way to a 143-87 victory.
On the women's side, La Verne and Oxy were more evenly matched, but La Verne had the advantage with their diving roster. Occidental matched well in the water, but fell 160-119.
"I was pleased with the results of all of our athletes today," head coach Tom Iannone said after the meet. "The team has been working hard since the beginning of the season and it showed in their performances throughout the meet."
First-year swimmer Benjamin Sappey made a splash in his first meet as a Tiger. He finished first in the 200 backstroke with a time of 2:10.83. His second place time of 59.65 in the 100 backstroke put him as Oxy's top finisher in that event.
Sophomore Cody Hamane contributed a victory in the 100 breaststroke with a 1:01.63, his fastest in-season time of his college career.
Lashley, Eddy Dabsys, Will Westwater, and Chase Mitchell teamed up for an impressive 400 free relay to end the meet on a first-place victory in a 3:23.02.
On the women's side, sophomore Maddie Gillman notched a victory in the 200 freestyle with a well-paced time of 2:03.84. She was followed by first-year Hannah Ash, who opened her career with a second place 2:08.55 finish. Ash went on to finish first for the Tigers in the 100 freestyle, with a time of 58.22.
Maddy Kaczmarowski started her bid toward a team record in the 100 backstroke with a first-place time of 1:04.46, out-touching her opponent by .07. Megan Mundell in her first collegiate race swam a third-place 1:06.43.
Junior Ellie O'Brien chased her second place finish in the 100 breaststroke with a dominating 200 of the same stroke. She finished over 3 seconds in front of her La Verne opponent for a final time of 2:30.79.
"I am encouraged and excited about what this team can do for the rest of the season," Iannone said.
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