Photo: Noelle Davis
PASADENA (Feb. 9, 2019) – The Caltech men's swimming & diving team returned to the win column with a victory over the University of La Verne in Saturday's Senior Day clash. The Beavers outscored the Leopards by nearly 100 points (172-79).
The Beavers began the day with a win in the 200 Medley Relay. Sophomore Andy Rothstein (Potomac, Md. / Winston Churchill), junior Thomas Gallup (Houston, Texas / Phillips Exeter Academy), freshman Colin Chun (Los Angeles, Calif. / Venice) and senior Henry Steiner (Petaluma, Calif. / Casa Grande) – one of two Caltech seniors to be honored along with classmate Adam Dai (Santa Barbara, Calif. / Dos Pueblos) – won the event in 1:37.90 and came just four-tenths of a second away from beating this season's top time. Caltech won again when Rothstein claimed victory in the 50 Back (25.42) and freshman Jeffrey Ma (San Jose, Calif. / Bellarmine College Prep) made it two-in-a-row with a win in the 50 Breast, where he nearly tied his career-best time (29.12). Steiner continued the Beavers' theme of close finishes to this season's top times by swimming to a season-best 52.63 in the 100 Fly for another Caltech win. Chun followed Steiner with the Beavers' fourth-consecutive win in the 50 Free where he added a new career-best time with a 21.90 while edging out classmate Timothy Yao (Thousand Oaks, Calif. / Dougherty Valley), who posted a career-best time of his own with a 22.34.
Sophomore Alex Janosi (Ann Arbor, Mich. / Dexter) took to the pool following the 1-meter diving break and earned himself a new season-best time in the 100 Free (48.90), shaving a full second off his previous mark. Freshman Nick Jasinski (Crystal Lake, Ill. / Crystal Lake Central) kept the momentum going for the Beavers with a new career-best in the 100 Back (55.19) and Gallup followed up with a four-second win in the 100 Breast. Steiner then swam the 100 IM for the first time in his career and picked up another victory thanks to a blazing 54.92 in a field consisting mostly of his teammates. Caltech closed the day with one last victory in the 400 Free Relay as Janosi, Chun, freshman Rafael Santiago (Manila, Philippines / Philippine Science) and Yao earned the win, with Yao swimming the fastest split of the group in the anchor position (47.77).
Head Coach Andy Brabson and the Beavers will now begin preparation for their biggest meet of the season, the SCIAC Championships which are set to begin on Thursday, Feb. 21 at 6 p.m. and continue through the weekend, with diving taking place the weekend prior at Pomona-Pitzer Colleges.