COMMERCE, Calif. (Feb. 22, 2018) – A handful of new records and personal improvements allowed the Caltech men's swimming & diving team to score enough points to hold steady in the middle of the standings on the second day of the 2018 SCIAC Championships. The Beavers are currently sitting in the middle of the field in fifth place.
Freshman Adam Kogan (Clifton Park, N.Y. / Shenendehowa East) began the evening with a new personal best in the 500 Free, lowering his prelim record from the morning by six-tenths of a second. The freshman touched the wall in 4:37.02, crushed his previous top time by nearly 20 seconds and broke the Caltech record previously held by junior Dylan Lu (Kingwood, Texas / Kingwood). The freshman got it done with steady splits throughout the race, with his second-fastest 50 split coming on the final lap. The subsequent event, the 200 IM, saw two Beavers participate in the 'B' final and earn their team some meaningful points. Freshman Alex Janosi (Ann Arbor, Mich. / Dexter) improved on his previous top 200 IM time by nearly seven seconds and won the race in 1:53.11 to score 10 points for the Beavers. Junior Henry Steiner (Petaluma, Calif. / Casa Grande) joined the freshman in the 'B' final and posted the fastest fly split of the group (24.11). Junior Jonathan Willett (Edina, Minn. / Edina) capped off the men's team's solo events for the day with an appearance in the 50 Free 'A' final after lowering his own 50 Free record to 20.90 in the morning.
Caltech also got some action in the 200 Free Relay later in the day when one more record fell for the Beavers. Sophomore Thomas Gallup (Houston, Texas / Phillips Exeter Academy) teamed with Janosi, Lu and freshman JD Walker (Grand Blanc, Mich. / Grand Blanc) to defeat teams from Chapman University and the University of La Verne in the 'A' final, breaking the program record in the process (1:25.30). Gallup's 21.82 leadoff split translated into his fastest 50 Free time in two years at Caltech and helped set the tone for the rest of the team turning in a solid showing. The 'B' team, consisting of Kogan, senior Avikar Periwal (Potomac, Md. / Bishop Montgomery) and freshmen Michael Yao (San Ramon, Calif. / Dougherty Valley) and Andy Rothstein (Potomac, Md. / Winston Churchill) finished ahead of Whittier College in their section of the final.
The SCIAC Championships resume on Friday, Feb. 23 with the preliminaries slated for 9 a.m. and including the 400 IM, 100 Butterfly, 200 Freestyle, 100 Breaststroke, 100 Backstroke, women's 3m prelims and men's 1m finals with the 400 Medley Relay in the evening session.