ORANGE, CA – For the second time this season the Caltech swimming and diving team squared off against Chapman.
The previous meeting was officially competed as a non-conference meet while Saturdays contest counted in the SCIAC standings. As with the first meeting, the Caltech men brought home a victory while the women grabbed a few first place finishes but fell in the team competition.
Chris Bradley and Kevin Yu played key role in the men’s team win. Each of them won two events and valuable team points in a meet that was tight throughout. In the 13 events, Caltech won seven of them in grabbing the close team win. It is the fourth straight time the Beavers have posted a head-to-head win over the Panthers.
Bradley cruised to a win in the 200-yard freestyle event by recording a season best time of 1:54.58. He also notched a season best time of 51.67 to win the 100-yard freestyle race by .12 seconds over Mitchell Halbert.
Kevin Yu recorded his first of two win in the 200-yard IM event. Yu touched the wall in 2:06.75 which was nearly 10 seconds faster than the second place competitor. In the 100-yard backstroke the sophomore lead a contingent of Beaver swimmers by winning in 56.87. Matt Lappin and Galen Gao finished second and third respectively as Caltech scored 14 team points in that race.
CJ Culpepper was a key contributor as he recorded a total of 11 team points in the long distance freestyle races. The junior started the day by winning the 1650-yard race in 18:53; 18 seconds better than his closest competitor. In the 500-yard race Culpepper’s time of 5:23 was just five seconds slower than Austin Roberts of Chapman.
Rounding out the individual winners for the Beavers was Leon Ding. The first-year took top honors in the 100-yard butterfly with a time of 58-seconds. Ding also grabbed second place during the 50-yard freestyle competition with a time of 23.49. He was one-hundredth of second faster than the third place finisher.
The day’s final event saw the 200-yard freestyle relay team win by just under four seconds in a time of 1:35.65.
During the women’s competition the Beavers took home two first place finishes. Jacqueline Masehi-Lano won both the 50-yard freestyle and 100-yard butterfly competitions. During the freestyle event the junior touched the wall in 26.35 to outdistance herself from her nearest opponent by .67 seconds. Masehi-Lano won the butterfly event by over three seconds as she recorded a time of 1:00.71.
While Caltech didn’t win any other event they had other solid efforts by a handful of competitors. Kalyn Chang finished second in the 100-yard freestyle event with a time of 1:01.80. Iris Liu put together a season best time in the 100-yard breastroke with a time of 1:20.70.
Also worth noting for the women’s team was Zofii
Kaczmarek’s efforts during the diving competition. Still
learning the ins-and-outs of diving in first-year with the sport,
Kaczmarek brought home third place team points in both the one- and
Men – Caltech 106, Chapman 90
Women – Chapman 168, Caltech 43