COMMERCE, Calif. (Feb. 23, 2019) – Junior Thomas Gallup (Houston, Texas / Phillips Exeter Academy) of the Caltech men's swimming & diving team repeated as a silver medalist in the 100 Breast at Saturday's third day of the 2019 SCIAC Championships. Caltech is currently sitting sixth amidst the six-team SCIAC field with 316.5 points.
The former NCAA national qualifier had a busy day, beginning with the morning prelims. Gallup, a former SCIAC champion in the 100 Breast entered the finals seeded second behind last year's defending champion. Gallup outperformed his preliminary time with a 55.39 finals time and established himself as the conference's clear cut second-best breaststroker, beating the next fastest swimmer by nearly a full second. Gallup later went on the feature in Caltech's other highlight of the evening when the 400 Medley Relay team made the podium in the only relay event of Day 3. Gallup, along with sophomore Andy Rothstein (Potomac, Md. / Winston Churchill), senior Henry Steiner (Petaluma, Calif. / Casa Grande) and sophomore Alex Janosi (Ann Arbor, Mich. / Dexter) claimed the Caltech program-record with a 3:21.76. Rothstein started the relay strong for the Beavers with his 24.88 split relative to eight-hundredths of a second off the fastest in the race. The Beavers were able to carry the early momentum to a third-place finish for the quartet's second trip to the podium at this year's SCIAC Championships.
Elsewhere, Steiner made the finals of his very last 100 Fly earlier in the day, seeding in at seventh but later emerged from a field of four swimmers within one-tenth of a second of one another to secure a fifth-place finish in the finals. Sophomore JD Walker (Grand Blanc, Mich. / Grand Blanc) earned a spot in the 'B' Final with a 52.24 after appearing in last year's finals. Caltech saw its largest amount of finals representation in the 200 Free, with second-seeded Janosi (1:41.34) and sixth-seeded classmate Adam Kogan (Clifton Park, N.Y. / Shenendehowa East) (1:41.74) earning spots in the championship. Janosi nearly touched his preliminary time en route to fourth, while Kogan rounded out the field in ninth-place after earning himself a new PR earlier in the day. Freshman Timothy Yao (Thousand Oaks, Calif. / Dougherty Valley) qualified for the 'B' final with a 1:43.29 preliminary time but took a small step back later that night. Rothstein, meanwhile made the final for the 100 Back, rounding out the championship field with a 51.93.
Caltech's largest representation of the day came in the 'B' Final of the 100 Breast. Three Beavers, including senior Adam Dai (Santa Barbara, Calif. / Dos Pueblos) and freshmen Jeffrey Ma (San Jose, Calif. / Bellarmine College Prep) and Happy Chang (Shenzhen, China / Wilbraham and Monson) made it out of a massive preliminary field with Ma, Chang and Dai qualifying in order at 15th, 16th and 17th. Chang and Dai improved on their times in the ensuing final, with Chang outperforming his seed by two positions for a 59.36 PR, just the second time he has been able to clear one minute.
Head Coach Andy Brabson and the Beavers will conclude the 2019 SCIAC Championships on Sunday, with the 1650 Free, 200 Back, the 100 Free, 200-yard breaststroke, the 200 Fly and lastly the 400 Free Relay.