PASADENA, Calif. (August 9, 2016) – The Caltech men's and women's swim and dive team has released its schedule for the upcoming 2016-17 season, which will include three home meets.
The Beavers jump right into conference competition to start the season, beginning with a SCIAC dual meet at the University of Redlands on Saturday, Nov. 5 at 10:30 a.m. Two weeks later, Caltech travels to Orange, Calif. to compete against Chapman University (Nov. 19), which the men's team beat by nearly 50 points in 2015-16.
After a two-month break from competition, Caltech returns to Pasadena to face Whittier College in the first home meet of the season. Last year, rising sophomore Henry Steiner (Petaluma, Calif. / Casa Grande) scored top points in his three individual events to help the men's team earn its first dual meet victory over Whittier since 2008.
The following week, Caltech will begin a series of double-dual meets; both the men's and women's teams take on Pomona-Pitzer Colleges and Occidental College on Jan. 14 at 10:30 a.m. The men's team recorded a thrilling 111.5-111.5 tie against the Tigers under the lights in last year's Orange Out. The women's team then hosts Mills College and St. Joseph's College (Brooklyn) the next day before both squads head to Claremont, Calif. two weeks later for a double-dual meet against Claremont-Mudd-Scripps Colleges and California Lutheran University (Jan. 28).
A final tune-up with a home dual meet against La Verne University (Feb. 4), against which Caltech fell by one point on a clerical lineup error last year, precedes the SCIAC Championships in Commerce, Calif. from Feb. 15-18. At last year's conference championships, the women's team saw rising sophomore Brittany Percin (Moraga, Calif. / Stanford Online) claim the SCIAC title in the 200 Freestyle to become the first female swimming conference champion in program history. Rising senior Zofii Kaczmarek (New York, N.Y. / Stuyvesant) also improved her finish on both boards for the second straight year, finishing in seventh place with a personal best score of 316.20 on the three-meter board. Both teams will look to improve upon their impressive steps forward last season, which included breaking a combined 21 records. Kaczmarek will have an eye on qualifying for the NCAA Diving Regionals the following weekend, while multiple swimmers will hope to compete at the NCAA Division III Championships in Shenandoah, Texas from March 15-18.
*All game dates, times and locations are subject to change