WHITTIER, Calif. (Jan. 16, 2016) – Freshman Henry Steiner (Petaluma, Calif. / Casa Grande) earned top points in all three individual events to lead Caltech men's swimming and diving to its first dual meet victory over Whittier College since 2008 on Saturday morning.
The Beavers and Poets also competed against Claremont-Mudd-Scripps Colleges in the double-dual format, with the Stags remaining undefeated at 6-0 this season.
The host Poets opened the meet with a clear five-second victory in the 200 Medley Relay to take the lead and held it through the first diving break. Top places in the first two individual events, the 1000 and 200 Free, stretched the margin to 12 points despite Caltech scoring the maximum three swimmers in each. Sophomore Hanzhi Lin (Potomac, Md. / Montgomery Blair) picked up the Beavers' first victory in the 100 Back and was flanked by fourth- and fifth-place Caltech finishes to cut the deficit to seven, but Whittier responded immediately with a 14-point 100 Breast to surge back ahead by 16.
Steiner easily outpaced the field in the 200 Fly as he shaved over a second off his time last month to trim the margin to a meet-low six points, but a 1-2 finish in the 50 Free quickly turned the score back in the Poets' favor by 15. Senior Patric Eck (Fullerton, Calif. / Troy) was just out-touched by both Poets to finish in third place by a mere .42 and .08 despite clocking a career-best 22.11. As the only diver between the two teams, sophomore Alexander Bourzutschky (Potomac, Md. / Montgomery Blair)earned the maximum nine points for Caltech on the 1-meter board but again Whittier answered with a 1-2 finish in the 100 Free that saw the Poets claim their largest lead of the meet at 87-70.
The Beavers would dominate the second half, however, outscoring the Poets by a whopping 44 points over the next six events to claim victory. Freshman Dylan Lu (Kingwood, Texas / Kingwood) and Lin posted Caltech's first 1-2 finish of the day in the 200 Back to pick up nine points and freshman Adam Dai (Santa Barbara, Calif. / Dos Pueblos) chopped just over a second from his 200 Breast time to post the Beavers' highest finish of the day, coming in second overall and earning top points in the Whittier dual as Caltech took a one-point lead at 98-97.
There was no stopping the Beavers at that point, with Lu garnering top points in another second-overall finish in the 500 Free, Steiner claiming the 100 Fly with Lin taking a clutch third place by .51, Bourzutschky tacking on another nine uncontested points on the 3-meter and Steiner capping a brilliant individual day with the top finish in the 200 IM. Caltech led by a meet-high 27 points before the 400 Free Relay, in which the Beavers placed second and third for the final margin of 22 points at 150-128.
Head Coach Jack Leavitt and the Beavers head to Chapman University for their final double-dual meet of the year against the Panthers and University of La Verne Leopards on Saturday, Jan. 23. Caltech closes out the regular season at home against Occidental College on Tuesday, Feb. 2.