Photo by Noelle Davis
PASADENA, Calif. (Feb. 10, 2018) - Caltech men's swimming & diving defeated Chapman University for a third SCIAC dual meet victory of the season - the Beavers' most in over a decade - on Saturday morning to close out the regular season.
Junior Jonathan Willett (Edina, Minn. / Edina) fueled the decisive 123-81 score line thanks to a pair of individual first-place finishes in the 50 and 100 Free as well as an incredible anchor leg on the meet-ending 200 Free Relay that nearly set a program record.
The meet began with sophomore Thomas Gallup (Houston, Texas / Phillips Exeter Acad.) taking the lead on the breaststroke leg of the 400 Medley Relay, one which freshman Adam Kogan (Clifton Park, N.Y. / Shenendehowa East) held with an impressive 48.34 freestyle split to touch out Chapman's "A" squad, although the Panthers were disqualified for an early takeoff on the final exchange anyway. The rookie immediately followed up that performence with a personal-best 10:24.56 in the 1000 Free.
Fellow rookie Alex Janosi (Ann Arbor, Mich. / Dexter) then teamed with Kogan for a 1-2 finish in the 200, with the pair clocking sub-1:48s for the first time this season. Shortly after, Willett took first place in the 50 Free and freshman JD Walker (Grand Blanc, Mich. / Grand Blanc) kept the string of wins going with a 1-2 finish alongside classmate Michael Yao (San Ramon, Calif. / Dougherty Valley) in the 100 Fly.
Willett and Janosi formed yet another 1-2 duo in the 100 Free, with Gallup later pacing a sweep of the 100 Breast along with junior Adam Dai (Santa Barbara, Calif. / Dos Pueblos) and freshman John Wang (Louisville, Ky. / Phillips Exeter Acad.). The 200 Free Relay team of Janosi, junior Dylan Lu (Kingwood, Texas / Kingwood), Yao and Willett capped the meet a mere .06 of a second off the program record thanks to a clutch 20.69 split from Willett that beat Chapman's anchor by almost two seconds to completely flip the race in the final 50.
Head Coach Paul Hughes and the Baavers head into full taper mode as they prepare for the SCIAC Championships, to be held in Commerce from Wed-Sat, Feb. 21-24.