Oxy Swim Teams Post Solid Times at Pepperdine

Oxy Swim Teams Post Solid Times at Pepperdine

LOS ANGELES — The Occidental men's and women's swimming and diving teams showed off their depth and had a handful of standout performances in their first meet of the season at the Malibu Invite this weekend.

The Tigers competed against mostly scholarship swimmers from Pepperdine, CSU Bakersfield, Loyola Marymount, Azusa Pacific, California Baptist, Concordia, Oklahoma Baptist, Soka and Biola.

"I'm happy with the way we performed and the exciting part is there's lots of things technically we can work on and get better at over the next four months," said Oxy first year head coach Steve Webb.

Women's Recap

Madeline Gillman was good in every race she swam, Laura Chun did well in the 400 IM and a handful of first years had solid performances to lead the women's team.

Gillman had a lifetime best in the 100-yard backstroke (1:04.69), just a few seconds off Eliza Callwood's 2009 school record (1:00.24)

Like most of Oxy's team, Gillman swam multiple races.

Chun's strong performance in the 400 IM (4:51.22) will rank among the best times in the SCIAC.

First year Annika Moen was also impressive in the 400 IM (4:59.44), a race that is new for her.

"She had a good all-around meet and her 400 IM was really good, considering she's never really swam it before," Webb said. "She put up a time that indicates she could be a SCIAC scorer in the event."

Fellow first years Alicia Vogelaar and Madeline Callis also had standout meets.

Vogelaar was Oxy's best in the 200 free (2:04.75), the 500 free (5:29.72) and the 100 fly (1:03.60).

Callis showed some flashes of why she's going to be one of Oxy's go-to sprinters this year.

Oxy has flexed its depth in the relays with its 200 free B relay beating the A team.

"Our No. 2 and our No. 8 could beat each other on any given day which makes it kind of fun," Webb said.

Men's Recap

Edward Dabsys had a lifetime best in the 500 free (5:08.19), Cody Hamane was top 10 in the 100 breaststroke (1:01.72) and Austin Lashley swam a career-best in-season time in the 200 fly (2:02.60) to lead the men's team. 

"Hamane had a handful of really good swims and his time in the 100 breast puts him on track for his target goal of making the NCAAs," Webb said. 

Hamane also did well in the 200 breast (2:16.92), finishing 10th overall.

Lashley finished 10th overall in the 200 fly and 11th in the 100 fly (53.58), a good time for this early in the season that puts him on track to perform well at the NCAAs.

"Both squads are so far ahead of where we were at last season," Webb said. It was a fun meet with everyone swimming a ton of races. I'm very happy with the closeness of our team and how they care for each other."

Next Meet: The Tigers have their Alumni meet on Oct. 23 at 2 p.m. Oxy's next competitive meet is at Claremont-Mudd-Scripps on Nov. 11.

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