COMMERCE, Calif. (Feb. 21, 2018) – Junior Brittany Percin (Lake Tahoe, Calif. / Stanford Online) played a major role in the Caltech women's swim & dive team breaking four records at the SCIAC Championhips on Wednesday's opening day. Her performance leading off in the 200 Free Relay also qualified her for the NCAA 'B' cut.
The women's team kicked off the day in the 200 Medley Relay 'A' heat by crushing the program record set just last year. Percin (who swam butterfly), along with junior Gemma Takahashi (San Jose, Calif. / Leland) on backstroke, freshman Jessica Sun (York, Penn. / Red Lion Area Senior) on breaststroke and sophomore Angelina Pan (Toronto, Canada / Havergal College) anchoring the team at freestyle clocked in at 1:51.41, bettering the quartet's previous best time earlier in the season by nearly four seconds. Just over one second separated the Beavers from the University of La Verne, the University of Redlands and California Lutheran University. Meanwhile, freshmen Stella Wang (Greensboro, N.C. / North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics), Nora Koe (New Hyde Park, N.Y. / Herricks) and Olivia Durrett (Charlotte, NC / Phillips Academy Andover) and junior Teresa Tran (Irvine, Calif. / Northwood) earned two points in the 'B' heat.
The subsequent 800 Free Relay saw three records fall for Percin and the Beavers. The junior led off with a blazing 25.65 split and proceeded to turn in her greatest showing in the 200 Free, and 100 Free within it. Percin touched the wall at 1:51.84, for the fastest 200 free split in the race in addition to the fastest in Caltech history. Her 100 split halfway through her run (53.17) is also a program record and ultimately allowed her to qualify for the NCAA 'B' Cut at just two-tenths of a second above last year's invite time. The junior had previously held both records, albeit in the different years. Percin's performance ultimately set the tone for the rest of the team en route to the relay record. Percin, alongside Sun, Takahashi and Pan came in at 7:56.95, which once again bettered the group's school record set earlier in the season. The showing allowed the Beavers to finish ahead of Whittier College in addition to La Verne, earning them some meaningful points. As was the case in the 200 Medley Relay, the team of Wang, Koe, Durrett and Tran made up Caltech's 'B' team.
The Thursday meet schedule consists of the 500 Free, 200 IM, 50 Free, men's 1-meter prelims, women's 1-meter finals and the 200 Free Relay.