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Adam VanLuvanee picked up three individual wins for the Stags (photo by Ruby Marks)
Adam VanLuvanee picked up three individual wins for the Stags (photo by Ruby Marks)

CMS Men's Swim and Dive Dominates Occidental in Return to SCIAC Competition

EAGLE ROCK, Calif. - The Claremont-Mudd-Scripps men's swimming and diving team won 14 of the 16 events as it took a 224-61 win over Occidental on Saturday in its first competition in over a month.

Multiple individual event winners for CMS included Adam VanLuvanee, who won all three of his events (500 free, 1000 free, 200 fly), and Cyrus Gaylord (one-meter dive, three-meter dive), Steven Tran (200 breast, 200 IM), and Dylan Krueger (100 back, 100 free), who each won two, with Krueger also contributing to both relay wins. 

Gaylord got the Stags rolling in the diving events by winning the one-meter with 298.50 points and the three-meter with 255.15 points, seeing his first action of the 2023-24 season after studying abroad in the fall. Ethan Sattley and Luke Vlases finished second and third in the one-meter, and Vlases and Ben Smith were second and third in the three-meter. 

The first relay saw the Stags finish 1-2 in the 200-yard medley, as Anderson Breazeale, Evan Deedy, Frank Applebaum and Krueger took first in 1:33.89, followed by Grant Stucky, Spencer Merodio, Weston Crewe and Theo Johnson in second in 1:34.61. 

VanLuvanee took his first win the 1000 free in the first individual race of the meet, finishing in 9:56.80, followed closely by Cole Sumino in 9:58.67. Krueger's 100 back win in 51.56 led a 1-2-3 finish for CMS, as Jeremy Tan was second and Breazeale third. 

Evan Deedy took first in the 100 breast in 59.25, before VanLuvanee won the 200 fly in 1:59.43 with Thayer Breazeale in second in his first action after studying abroad during the fall. Krueger opened the second session of swimming with a win in the 100 free in 47.58, just edging out Johnson in 47.64. 

Jeremy Tan then took the 200 back in 1:56.21, leading a 1-2-3 Stag finish with Henrik Barck in second and Korin Aldam-Tajima in third. Tran's win in the 200 breast (2:08.55) came over Applebaum and Stucky in another 1-2-3 finish, as did VanLuvanee's 500 free win in 4:44.21, which just edged out Lucas Lang (4:44.64) and Anderson Breazeale (4:45.62) in a tight three-way race among Stags. 

Crewe picked up a win in the 100 fly in 51.74, followed by Collin Fitzpatrick, and Tran followed with a win in the 200 IM in 1:57.21, taking it by exactly three seconds. CMS capped off the meet by going 1-2 in the 200 free relay, with Krueger, Crewe, Applebaum and Johnson finishing in 1:24.90, and Tan, Chris Ranlett, Anderson Breazeale and Thayer Breazeale in second in 1:28.30. 

CMS will be back in action for two meets next week, traveling to the California Baptist Distance Meet on Friday, and then heading to Cal Lutheran on Saturday for a tri-meet with La Verne.