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Evan Deedy wasn't far off his SCIAC-winning pace in the 100 breast
Evan Deedy wasn't far off his SCIAC-winning pace in the 100 breast

CMS Men's Swim and Dive Battles Division I Competition at UCSB Invitational

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. - The Claremont-Mudd-Scripps men's swimming and diving team had several of its swimmers travel to the UC Santa Barbara Invitational on Saturday, swimming against some strong Division I competition as it gears up for the SCIAC Championships in just over two weeks.

The 200 medley relay team of Anderson Breazeale, Evan Deedy, Collin Fitzpatrick and Jeremy Tan came in third with a 1:31.98, behind two of the four teams from UC Santa Barbara and ahead of Pomona-Pitzer. 

Deedy had a strong effort in the 100 breast with a 56.14, not far off his season-high of 55.93 or his personal best of 55.80, which won him the SCIAC title a year ago. 

The 800-yard freestyle relay team of Henrik Barck, Lucas Lang, Spencer Merodio and Breazeale had a strong second-place showing, finishing in 6:48.37 to beat the "B" team from UC Santa Barbara by just under three seconds. 

Adam VanLuvanee swam a 4:07.97 in the 400 IM, which was almost three seconds faster than his best time coming in of 4:10.82. 

In the freestyle, Theo Johnson took over two seconds off his top time of the season in the 200 with a 1:42.77, while Drew Schmidt took almost a full minute off of his top 1650 time with a 16:40.65. 

CMS will close out the regular season when it competes at the Pomona-Pitzer Invitational next weekend before heading to the SCIAC Championships to try to defend its league crown at East Los Angeles College from Feb. 22-25.