MONTEREY PARK, Calif. — The Occidental men's and women's swimming and diving teams put together a good weekend at the three-day Collegiate Winter Invitational with some excellent performances at East Los Angeles College.
"I was very pleased with how we came out and competed this weekend," Oxy first year head coach Steve Web said. "We had over 40 Lifetime best times, and countless time drops were by a sizable margin. It is really a testament to the team and the work they are putting in both the pool and the weight room. "
Women's Highlights: Madeline Gillman, Ellie O'Brien, Annika Moen and Hannah Ash led the Oxy women's team on Day 1 with a sixth-place finish in the 400 medley relay that ranks 26th in NCAA Division III and third in program history at 4:04.63. Gillman's 1:01.13 100 back split in the was a lifetime best by more than 3 seconds.
Pomona-Pitzer was the only NCAA Division III team to finish ahead of the Tigers in the relay.
Men's Highlights: The Oxy men had a pair of good relay swims on Day 1. The Tigers' 200 freestylerelay team of Chase Mitchell, Austin Lashley, Edward Dabsys and Roee Perry swam 1:26.32 for the 20th best time in NCAA Division III so far this year and second place at the competition.
The Oxy men's 400 medley relay team of Ben Sappey, Cody Hamane, Austin Lashley and Chase Mitchell went 3:32.27 in the 400 medley relay for the 20th best time in the country and third best in school history.
Women's Highlights: Ellie O'Brien swam 1:06.72 in her 100 breast to finish third place with the 28th fastest time in country and also beat her All-SCIAC time from last year. Chun placed sixth in the event at 1:08.18 and Daryl Lewis was 12th at 1:09.49.
Moen's 59.69 in the 100 fly was a liftetime best by more than 2 seconds.
Men's Highlights: Lashley won the 100 fly with a pair of outstanding performances in the event. He swam 49.96 in the finals in the afternoon for the victory and swam even faster in the morning prelims at 49.82 for the second fastest time in NCAA Division III this season.
Sappey was also very good in the 100 fly, swimming 52.76 in the prelims and finishing seventh at 53.02 in the afternoon.
The Oxy men's 800 free relay team of Lashley, Mitchell, Dabsys and Roee went 7:08.35 for the 25th fastest time in NCAA Division III.
Oxy's 200 medley relay team of Mitchell, Hamane, Sappey and Roee also swam well, finishing fourth at 1:37.31.
Women's Highlights: Chun led the Oxy women's team's performance in the morning on Day 3, taking fifth in the 200 breast at 2:28.98. Lewis finished 10th in the prelims at 2:34.33.
Moen had a good swim in the 100 I.M., qualifying 10th at 1:04.27.
Hannah Ash's 55.72 in the 100 free was a collegiate best time for her as well as Madeline Callis' 56.95 in the 100 free.
Men's Highlights: Sappey continued his extraordinary meet with a lifetime best by 5 seconds in the 200 back, qualifying first with a 1:56.53. He was also fourth in the 200 fly at 1:59.79, an event the Tigers dominated. Lashley qualified first at 1:55.25 and Elliot Davis was second at 1:58.76.
Hamane qualified second in the 100 I.M. at 55.59.
Mitchell qualified third in the 100 free at 47.21 and Dabsys had a lifetime best 47.97, qualifying sixth.
The Tigers pulled out of the Sunday night portion of the competition to have Sunday night to study for upcoming final exams.
Next Meet: The Tigers are back in action on Jan. 7 at Redlands for SCIAC Multi Dual No. 1.
"I am excited to get back to work and fine tune some things, as we continue our preparation for championship season," Webb said.Follow Oxy Athletics on Twitter Sign Up for Newsletters Watch on Youtube Follow us on Instagram