February 2013 Aquatics Alumni Update

Caltech Aquatic Newsletter

Swimmers Want to Thank James Wu

James Wu graduated just a few years ago but decided to gift the Caltech Swim Team and Water Polo Team each $500.  This is not only a thoughtful gift but will help each team purchase that all important extra 10 Water Polo Balls or 50 kick boards.  It may also help the program take two more swimmers or polo players on a road trip.  Everyone wants to send a big “thank you” to James.

Jacqueline Masehi-Lano Writes a New Record Book in one Meet

The sophomore swam one of the best single days in Caltech history during the double dual meet against Pomona Pitzer and Cal Lu.  Starting the day with the tough 200 Butterfly, Jacqueline took out the first 100 yards with a super fast 1:01.84 and held a 1:06.94 for the second half of the race dropping an amazing 2:08.78.  WOW!!  That time blasted her old school record set last year by 6 seconds.  That is only 0.2 a second from the NCAA “B” cut.  (Nearest competitor was 6 seconds back) Did I mention – WOW!!  She then dropped another 1.25 during the 200 Backstroke and another school record with a 2:18.19.  WOW!!!  She finished her attack on the record book with a super quick 59.15 in the 100 Butterfly and a third Caltech record.  Congrats to Jacqueline!

Last Thursday Jack Blackwood was picked All American Water Polo Player

Congratulations to Sr. Jack Blackwood (below) picked by the College Water Polo Coaches Association as an All American Polo Player.  Jack was the setter on the team who scored a ton of goals and a boatload of ejections.  He has bloomed as a water polo player under the coaching of Josh Moser.  Kudos to both.

Seniors Last Home Swim Meet

Flowers and Candy where on hand before our Cal Lu – Pomona Pitzer Double Dual Meet while we honored our graduating seniors:  (Another great group of Caltech Seniors)

Karen Dowling has been a stalwart in the pool while at Caltech.  She has swum mostly short to mid-distance freestyle races but has also stepped into the backstroke and breaststroke races. After graduating with a degree in Electrical Engineering in June, the native of Ann Arbor, MI plans on pursuing her PhD at University of Michigan on a DARPA based high energy physics project.  Also a member of the Beavers volleyball and water polo teams, Karen is the SAAC co-chair. She has received numerous academic honors as a student-athlete. Karen is the daughter of Caltech alumni David and Cathy Dowling.


Rachel Moore
has served as one of the team captain this season.  The native of Aiken, S.C., was a recipient of the squad’s “Tough as Nails” award during her sophomore year.  She has swum mostly freestyle events while at Caltech but has also participated in backstroke and butterfly events.  After graduation, she will be working at a high tech defense firm located in Irvine, CA, researching advanced portable power systems.   She lists her best athletic achievement as setting a six-second PR in the 200 freestyle during the SCIAC championships last season.  Rachel is the daughter of Simmie and Bill Moore.

Hanna Dodd has represented the Caltech swim/dive team in a variety of events and competitions during her four years with the program. No swimmer has participated in a more diverse schedule of events from meet to meet than Hanna. While serving as one of the team captains this year, she has swum whatever has been asked of her.  Hanna also serves as the co-chair of SAAC and participates on the water polo team. After graduating with her degree in Mech. Eng., she will attend graduate school at Stanford working on environmental engineering and water treatment.  She is the daughter of Suzanne and Coach Clinton Dodd.

Thomas Kwong has been a member of the swim/dive team all four years he has been on-campus. He has been a consummate team player and willing to swim whatever events the coaches ask of him.
Also a member of the water polo team, Kwong is two-time recipient of the ACWPC highest academic honor.   Kwong will graduate with a degree in Mechanical Engineering has been accepted to medical school down at UC San Diego.  Thomas is the son of Yu and Kwok Kwong.

Jack Blackwood ends his Caltech aquatics career with a strong legacy. Always the hard working and teachable student-athlete, Jack has served his team well.  Jack has swum multiple events and distances during his tenure under head coach Clinton Dodd. He has been a member of the swim/dive team for four years.  While with the water polo team, the native of Rancho Palos Verdes, CA, was named an All-American by the ACWPC the past two seasons.  A double-major in Chemical Engineering and Business, Economics and Management, he will be working at “Bain and Company” consulting firm and making mega-bucks.  Jack is the son of Marie and John Blackwood.

These five seniors have demonstrated a determination to do their best in the classroom and at the pool.  They have found the time and energy to come out for the sport that they love.  They are role models to their teammates, and friends to so many.   Stories will be told about their accomplishments for years to come.  They have made a contribution to their sport and to Caltech that cannot be minimized. 

To you five seniors:

Four quick years ago you came to Caltech and you'll soon be leaving us.  You have made the faculty, staff and coaches very, very proud of you.   I hope you will enjoy hearing -- as much as we enjoyed saying --- You were a member of the Caltech Swimming & Diving Team!!!

Coach Clinton Dodd to Graduate at the end of this Year

At the end of this academic year, I will be retiring from Caltech.  It has certainly been a great honor and pleasure to work with a long succession of wonderful student/athlete.  No coach could ask for a better group of undergraduate athletes, graduate students, facility and staff.  Everyone has been so supportive and appreciative of these past 34 years.  I want to thank everyone for your friendship. You will continue to be part of my extended family. I am truly grateful and appreciative to all my Caltech friends. 

Some of the highlights: 6 All Americans in Water Polo (only two had H.S. experience)                    

5 All Americans in Swimming      

Top 23rd team at the NCAA Championship (out of 310 teams)

14 SCIAC Swimming & Diving Champions

3rd place in SCIAC Water Polo (3 goals from SCIAC Champion)

Twice Caltech Water Polo was ranked in the top 10 in Division III

1988 Caltech “ASCIT Teaching Award”    

Got to team-teach GEO 121 with Dr. John Grotzinger

Scuba Diving for NIH samples in Western Samoa

Privileged to teach thousands of students the fun of diving, swimming and Scuba diving.