PASADENA, Calif. (August 11, 2016) – The Caltech men's swim and dive team welcomes a pair of incoming recruits ahead of the 2016-17 season.
The class includes:
Thomas Gallup (Exeter, N.H. / Philips Exeter Acad.)
Alex Moraru (Southlake, Texas / Carroll Senior)
"I couldn't be more excited to work with Tom and Alex in my first year," Head Coach Paul Hughes said. "They have elite experience and will be significant additions to a team that already has great momentum from the past two years."
Exeter, N.H. / Philips Exeter Academy
Breaststroke / IM
Gallup is a school record-holder and a member of Exeter's All-America 200 Medley and 200 Free Relays. He also has held an internship at the Jackson Laboratory researching brain development and neurodegeneration.
"Tom is coming off an incredible senior year where he improved greatly," Hughes said. "He will step right in to help us in our breaststroke and IM events as well as be a key contributor on relays."
Southlake, Texas / Carroll Senior H.S.
Backstroke / Butterfly / IM
Moraru was named a NISCA High School All-American as a member of his school's 200 Medley Relay. He also spent a summer at the University of Texas-Arlington performing research in the Electrical Engineering department.
"Alex is extremely versatile; his ability to swim back and fly at both the 100 and 200 distance, along with his ability to swim both IM races, makes him incredibly valuable to our team," Hughes said.
This duo joins a squad that has experienced significant progress over the last two seasons, setting a combined 19 records. The team was also recognized as Scholar All-America by the College Swimming & Diving Coaches Association of America for its grade point average of 3.64, which tied for the highest mark in Division III. The vast majority of key contributors return, including rising sophomores Dylan Lu (Kingwood, Texas / Kingwood), who claimed eighth place in the 200 Back at last year's SCIAC Championships, and Henry Steiner (Petaluma, Calif. / Casa Grande), who also had an eighth-place finish in the 200 Butterfly.