PASADENA, Calif. (July 12, 2017) – The Caltech swimming & diving teams have added six men and two women first-years to fill key roles for the 2017-18 season.
Alex Janosi (Ann Arbor, Mich. / Dexter)
Adam Kogan (Clifton Park, N.Y. / Shenendehowa
Andy Rothstein (Potomac, Md. / Winston Churchill)
JD Walker (Grand Blanc, Mich. / Grand Blanc)
John Wang (Louisville, Ky. / Phillips Exeter)
Michael Yao (San Ramon, Calif. / Dougherty Valley)
LC Chen (Mercer Island, Wash. / Mercer Island)
Jessica Sun (York, Pa. / Red Lion Area Sr.)
"We're thrilled to welcome such a large and deep class to the program," SCIAC Coach of the Year Paul Hughes said. "All of our incoming freshmen are accomplished swimmers and share a team-oriented mindset. We're looking forward to seeing them help raise the level of training in practice and contribute to our program's rise on the conference and national levels."
Ann Arbor, Mich. / Dexter
A two-sport star in swimming and water polo, Janosi is a three-time All-America and 10-time All-State honoree who led Dexter High School to back-to-back state championships as a junior and senior. He captained the squad in his final year while earning Academic All-America honors, qualifying for the World Robotics Championships and helping to develop prosthetics with EEG sensors in the University of Michigan Kinesiology department.
"Alex has improved every season as a high school swimmer and we look to continue this trajectory at Caltech," Hughes said. "He will add valuable depth to the full range of freestyle events as well as be a key contributor on relays."
Clifton Park, N.Y. / Shenendehowa
Kogan led Shenendehowa High School to the New York State Section II championship and a runner-up finish at the New York State Championships. Also his club team's 500- and 1650-yard Freestyle record holder, Kogan earned the Rensselaer Medal Award and worked on molecular dynamics simulation projects in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.
"I enjoyed hearing Adam's passion for his hometown team and their accomplishments during the recruiting process," Hughes said. "We look forward to Adam bringing his passion to our program this Fall. He is a talented freestyler who will contribute greatly to our depth and relays."
Potomac, Md. / Winston Churchill
Mid/Distance Free, Back
A two-time runner-up at the state championships and NCSA qualifier, Rothstein also is a National Merit Commended Scholar, member of the Engineering and Science Honor Societies and interned with Precision Polyolefins at the University of Maryland.
"Andy is a talented and experienced club swimmer coming out of the hypercompetitive DC metro area," Hughes said. "We are excited to have him contribute to the middle and distance freestyle events and add depth to our relays."
Grand Blanc, Mich. / Grand Blanc
Fly, Sprint Free
Another two-sport star who also will compete on the men's soccer team at Caltech, Walker was a Division I state finalist following All-Conference Honorable Mention recognition in soccer as a junior.
"JD is the rare athlete who has excelled in and out of the water as a swimmer and soccer player," Hughes said. "We're excited about his continued development, as he will immediately contribute in the butterfly events and gun for a fly slot on our medley relays."
Louisville, Ky. / Phillips Exeter
The third two-sport recruit for the men's team, Wang will play water polo in the Fall before joining up with the team in November. He swam on Varsity all four years of high school, making the NEPSSA consolation finals in both the 200 IM and 100 Breaststroke, and was named a National Merit Commended Scholar, a USAJMO qualifier and participated in the Nishina School of Nuclear Physics at the RIKEN Institute.
"John brings enthusiasm and experience to our program," Hughes said. "From a competition standpoint, he will be a key member of our breaststroke and IM lineups and give us flexibility in relays."
San Ramon, Calif. / Dougherty Valley
Yao earned All-League honors and was named team captain at Dougherty Valley High School in addition to setting a record at the Speedo Long Course Far Western Championships. A Top 150 finisher at the 2016 US National Chemistry Olympiad, he helped design and conduct gene-editing experiments in the Gruenert/Sargent Lab at UCSF.
"Michael is tremendously hard working and team-oriented," Hughes said. "We are thrilled for him to be bringing these intangibles to our program as well as his contributions in the breaststroke and butterfly events."
"It's great to get a swimmer of Jessica's ability as well as a promising diver in LC in the same class," Hughes said. "Both will be immediate contributors to our program, both in dual meets and at the SCIAC Championships, and we are very excited to have their energy on deck in the Fall."
Mercer Island, Wash. / Mercer Island
A competitive gymnast in high school, Chen earned NCWIT Washington State Honorable Mention recognition and was a recipient of the Eastman and Knopp Scholarship.
"LC will be bringing her experience and skills as an accomplished gymnast to the boards," Hughes said. "We couldn't be more excited to have her on the team and are looking forward to seeing her develop as a diver."
York, Pa. / Red Lion Area Sr.
Breast, Fly, IM
Sun is a YMCA Nationals qualifier and two-time county champion in the 100 Breaststroke. She is a National Merit Finalist, President of the National Honors Society, an ISEF Finalist and was named Grand Champion at the York County Science Fair.
"Jessica is a tremendously versatile swimmer who can contribute immediately in events ranging from the 200 fly to the 400 IM," Hughes said. "In addition, her prowess in the breaststroke events fills an immediate need and will be a key contribution in helping our medley relays improve next season."