PASADENA, Calif. (Feb. 7, 2015) – Freshman Henry Baer (Lafayette, Calif. / Acalanes) won the 50 Free for the fourth time in six SCIAC dual meets and led the 200 Medley Relay to victory as the Caltech men's swimming and diving team closed out the regular season against Cal Lutheran University, falling 162-73 on Saturday morning.
The Beavers also bade farewell to their four seniors – Juan Adame (Sylmar, Calif. / Sylmar Math, Science and Tech.), Matthew Lappin (Westminster, Md. / Westminster), Benjamin Grabowski (Lake Forest Park, Wash. / Inglemoor) and C.J. Culpepper (Leonardtown, Md. / Leonardtown) – in the final dual meet of their careers.
The 200 Medley Relay team of freshman Philip An (Troy, Mich. / Troy), freshman Eric Lin (Potomac, Md. / Montgomery Blair), junior Kevin Yu (Seattle, Wash. / Lakeside) and Baer opened the day with a win as Yu beat Cal Lu's butterflier by over a second and Baer split a blazing 21.87 to leave no doubt in the 2.5-second victory. Freshman Avikar Periwal (Potomac, Md. / Montgomery Blair) and Culpepper promptly dropped a full minute and 30 seconds, respectively, in the 1650 Free, taking second and third place.
The Beavers suffered a sweep in the 200 Free, but Baer stepped up to win the 50 Free in the next event. Yu then cut over a second off his 200 IM time from one month back, while An shaved two off his previous best for a 2:16.29.
With diving underway simultaneously throughout the meet, freshman Alexander Bourzutschky (Potomac, Md. / Montgomery Blair) held down both boards for the Beavers with Grabowski unavailable. The rookie continued his rocket trajectory with yet another 14-point improvement, recording a score of 142.15 as he once again nailed his reverse somersault tuck for a high score of 28.05.
Back on the swimming side, Yu was just out-touched in the 100 Fly, but Lin came in third to mitigate the defeat. Baer would also be touched out by just .13 in the 100 Free, with junior Patric Eck (Fullerton, Calif. / Troy) grabbing fourth place. Back-to-back 2-3 finishes in the 100 Back and 500 Free preceded the 100 Breast, where Lin placed third.
On the 1-meter board, Bourzutschky posted a total score of 127.35 that was on pace for another career high before not quite getting all the way around on his forward somersault half twist, on which he received just 7.65 points after leading off with a 28 and 27.5 on his inward somersaults.
Caltech closed out the day with a quartet of class year 200 Free relays, which the freshmen took with a 1:37.10 in a tight battle thanks to Baer's mowing down of the juniors, who finished at 1:39.25. The seniors placed third in a 1:51.10, while the sophomore team borrowed one rookie to fill out the squad and finish at 1:58.36.
Head Coach Jack Leavitt and the Beavers will turn their focus to the SCIAC Championships taking place Feb. 19-22 in Commerce, Calif.