A handful of solid returners along with a group of first-years will be relied on to be heavy scorers for the Beavers swimming/diving squads.
On the men’s side one of the top returners is Christian Rivas. The senior posted several top times in the freestyle and breaststroke events. His top dual meet came against La Verne when he scored 17 points in Caltech’s near upset of the Leopards.
Several men’s water polo players will look to bring success in the Braun Pool for the swimming/diving team. CJ Culpepper was a key contributor in many meets during his first season. Culpepper competed in both short and long distance freestyle events, amassing a handful of top three finishes.
A pair of seniors, Jack Blackwood and Tommy Kwong, were point scorers in a variety of meets last season and will be looked upon to do the same again this year. Another water polo player that will make a significant contribution is Patric Eck. He qualified for CIF’s at Troy high school which never lost a league dual meet in the four year Eck was on the team.
Kevin Yu comes to Caltech after helping his high school team to the 3A Washington state title. The first-year is expected to provide points in short distance races.
“There are several guys who will give us consistent efforts each meet,” head coach Clint Dodd said. “Each of them still has room to get better and I am hoping they evolve and peak at the season ending SCIAC championship meet.”
The men’s diving team will rely on a trio of divers to provide valuable team points. Returning diver Ben Grabowksi finished just outside the SCIAC finals spot in the three-meter competition during his first year on the boards last season.
After not competing last season, Wade Hann-Carutaers returns to the team this year. The junior was a top diver in the league two seasons ago and could, once again, be up with the SCIAC’s best this season. A final diver to keep an eye is Dryden Bouamolay. A member of the gymnastic squad in high school, he has the chance to evolve into a key contributor as the season progresses.
The women’s team will be paced by Jacqueline Masehi-Lano. During her first-year as a collegiate swimmer last season she set eight individual school records. Masehi-Lano competed in the SCIAC finals in the 100 and 200 meter butterfly events. In addition to her individual success she was a part of two school relay records.
“Jacqueline had one of the best seasons in Caltech history last year,” Dodd said. “She continues to work hard and that will translate into good times during her sophomore year.”
Margaux Lopez is another sophomore who provided scoring finishes for the Beavers last season. A versatile swimmer during her first year with the squad, she swam in a variety of freestyle and backstroke events. Lopez also competed in the individual medley and on the top medley relay team.
Hanna Dodd is one of the top seniors on the team. A versatile swimmer, Dodd has competed in a variety of events from sprints to distance races during her time with the Beavers.
A pair of newcomers to the squad will be asked to provide top finishes on a consistent basis. Iris Lu joins the squad for the first time as a junior and she has had successful times during preseason practices that should translate into solid finishes during meets. First-year Alexandra Ilic has been performing well in the preseason and will be asked to provide regular top three finishes.
“We don’t have a lot of female swimmers on the squad but we are going to suit-up every meet and compete hard and set as many personal records as possible,” Dodd said.
The Beavers open the dual meet season on Saturday, Dec. 1 when they travel to Whittier for a tri-meet with the Poets and Claremont-Mudd-Scripps.