COMMERCE, Calif. (Feb. 21, 2019) – The Caltech men's swimming & diving team had a successful first day at the 2019 SCIAC Championships, headlined by the 200 Medley Relay team earning a third-place finish in Thursday's finals thanks to a program-record time (1:31.99). The Beavers' relay teams accumulated 88 points, good for fourth place through the weekend's first two swimming events on the men's side.
This year's team featured sophomore Andy Rothstein (Potomac, Md. / Winston Churchill) leading off with backstroke, followed by two-time 200 Breast champion junior Thomas Gallup (Houston, Texas / Phillips Exeter Academy), senior captain Henry Steiner (Petaluma, Calif. / Casa Grande) on the butterfly and sophomore Alex Janosi (Ann Arbor, Mich. / Dexter) closing with the freestyle. Caltech found itself in line for a third-place finish heading into Janosi's turn on freestyle, but the sophomore managed to close the gap with second-place Claremont-Mudd-Scripps Colleges to the point where the Beavers came less than two-tenths of a second away from claiming second place. This year's time marked a near full-second improvement over last year's 200 Medley time, with the only difference on the team being Janosi, whose freestyle split proved to be a difference maker. Caltech's top-scoring team was joined by sophomore JD Walker (Grand Blanc, Mich. / Grand Blanc) and freshmen trio Colin Chun (Los Angeles, Calif. / Venice), Timothy Yao (Thousand Oaks, Calif. / Dougherty Valley) and Nick Jasinski (Crystal Lake, Ill. / Crystal Lake Central) in the same event with Caltech's second team also scoring points (1:36.25).
In addition to the Beavers' heroics in the 200 Medley Relay, Caltech also competed in the 800 Free Relay and nearly claimed a second trip to the podium. Steiner, Yao, sophomore Adam Kogan (Clifton Park, N.Y. / Shenendehowa East) and Janosi made up Caltech's top team and came less than a second away from claiming a third-place finish, instead finishing fourth (6:50.14). Once again his team's anchor, Janosi led Caltech on another comeback with the Beavers positioned in fifth heading into the final 200 yards. The sophomore's swim allowed the Beavers to pass Occidental College while nearly catching California Lutheran University. Caltech also had representation in the 'B' Final with Rothstein, Jasinski and freshmen Rafael Santiago (Manila, Philippines / Philippine Science) and Thomas Barrett (Chatham, N.J. / Chatham) beating out teams from Cal Lutheran, the University of La Verne and Chapman University to give the Beavers an additional 10 points.
Head Coach Andy Brabson and the Beavers will be back tomorrow for preliminaries of the 500 Free, the 200 IM, the 50 Free, and the 200 Free Relay set to begin at 9 a.m. at the Brenda Villa Aquatic Center.