Photo by Noelle Davis
PASADENA, Calif. (Feb. 10, 2018) - Caltech women's swimming & diving closed out the regular season with another series of strong performances against Chapman University on Saturday morning ahead of next week's SCIAC Championships.
Quickly threatening to become the next in a long line of heralded Caltech female divers, freshman Krystin Brown (Lake Forest, Calif. / Trabuco Hills) went toe-to-toe against last year's SCIAC runner-up on both the 1- and 3-meter boards as well as the Panthers' star rookie, Simran Rajani. Attempting a total degree of difficulty above 13.0 points for the first time in her career, Brown once again bettered her personal-best scores on both boards with a 224.10 on the 3m and an astounding 241.15 on the 1m - less than 14 points shy of the regional qualifying mark. Fellow rookie Nerys Huffman (Broomfield, Colo. / Peak to Peak Charter School) also posted a career-best on the 3m board with a 172.95 and came within three points of her previous best on the 1m (173.8).
Juniors Brittany Percin (Lake Tahoe, Calif. / Stanford Online) and Gemma Takahashi (San Jose, Calif. / Leland) paired up for a 1-2 finish in the 100 Fly while rookie Jessica Sun (York, Pa. / Red Lion Area Sr.) shaved half of a second in the 200 IM (2:20.20). Freshman Olivia Durrett (Charlotte, N.C. / Phillips Andover Acad.) also chopped four seconds off her 200 Free time from two weeks prior and classmate Nora Koe (New Hyde Park, N.Y. / Herricks) trimmed more than two seconds in the 50 Free. The 200 Free Relay team of Takahashi, freshman Stella Wang (Greensboro, N.C. / N.C. School of Science & Math), Percin and sophomore Angelina Pan (Toronto, Canada / Havergal Coll.) capped the meet with a victory, touching within a second of the program record.
Head Coach Paul Hughes and the Beavers head into full taper mode as they prepare for the SCIAC Championships, to be held in Commerce from Wed-Sat, Feb. 21-24.