WHITTIER, Calif. (Feb. 21, 2015) – Freshman Henry Baer (Lafayette, Calif. / Acalanes) and junior Kevin Yu (Seattle, Wash. / Lakeside) each broke yet another record as the Caltech men's swimming and diving team kept pace in a tight race at the bottom of the standings in the SCIAC Championships.
Baer followed Friday night's 50 Free record with a blazing 52.45 100 Backstroke in the prelims and lowered the mark further at finals, posting a 52.38. Yu lowered his own 100 Fly record once again by nearly a full second, clocking a 52.49 in the prelims.
Caltech sits just 10 points out of eighth place with 160 and is within striking distance of seventh, at 186.
Yu earned a berth in the 100 Fly consolation heat and, after taking the first leg out right in the middle of the pack, ended up in 18th place to earn the Beavers a point. Baer hopped in for the 100 Backstroke 'A' final immediately afterward and trimmed .07 to hold his sixth-place ranking – tops among all freshmen in the event.
With just one relay record remaining unbroken this season, the 400 Medley Relay team of Baer, freshman Eric Lin (Potomac, Md. / Montgomery Blair), Yu and junior Patric Eck (Fullerton, Calif. / Troy) promptly completed the feat, slapping down a 3:36.36 to shatter the 2005 mark of 3:39.96. Baer led off with a 53.21 backstroke leg while Lin swam the breaststroke in 1:01.85. Yu then touched in 53.03 and Eck brought it home in 48.27 to just touch out Chapman University by .35. The 'B' relay team of freshman Philip An (Troy, Mich. / Troy), junior Matthew Cedeno (Virginia Beach, Calif. / Ocean Lakes) and seniors Matthew Lappin (Westminster, Md. / Westminster) and C.J. Culpepper (Leonardtown, Md. / Leonardtown) picked up some points as well, placing 16th with a 3:56.48.
Senior Benjamin Grabowski (Lake Forest Park, Wash. / Inglemoor) and freshman Alexander Bourzutschky (Potomac, Md. / Montgomery Blair) finished out their meet with the 1-meter prelims, placing 10th and 13th, respectively. Grabowski totaled 318.30 points while Bourzutschky impressed with 270.60, although both will await their point awards toward team scoring until the finals conclude on Sunday evening.
As Baer's and Yu's morning swims would suggest, the day began brightly for the entire Beavers team as junior Galen Gao (Irving, Texas / St. Mark's School) started the day dropping eight seconds in the 400 IM to be named first alternate for the finals and Lappin then dropped three seconds to get under the one-minute barrier for the first time in his career in the 100 Fly.
The fourth and final day of competition begins at 9:00 a.m. and will feature the 200 Back, 100 Free, 200 Breast, 200 Fly and 1650 Free, with finals commencing at 5:00 p.m. and including the 400 Free Relay.