COMMERCE, Calif. (Feb. 24, 2019) – Freshman Nick Jasinski (Crystal Lake, Ill. / Crystal Lake Central) and junior Thomas Gallup (Houston, Texas / Phillips Exeter Academy) of the Caltech men's swimming & diving team became SCIAC champions on the final day of the 2019 SCIAC Championship meet with a pair of impressive performances. Caltech finished the competition sixth among SCIAC teams with 436 points, matching its finish from the previous two seasons amongst a more top-heavy field than in previous years.
Jasinski found himself sitting pretty in the 200 Back with the top preliminary time of the morning (1:49.33) only to top his own personal-best time in the evening to take home the first SCIAC Championship of his career (1:48.17). Both of Jasinski's 200 Back times on Sunday are Caltech program records by a near four and five-second margin and needed the full-second improvement in the finals in order to hold off the top freshman from Pomona-Pitxer Colleges. The freshman went on to make some noise later in the evening after qualifying for the 'B' Finals of the 200 Fly. Despite being just the seventh-seeded swimmer in the race, Jasinski went on to win the 'B' Final with a 1:54.19, making him a prime candidate to appear in next year's 'A' finals. Jasinski's time would have put him eighth among the 'A' finalists, just ahead of Caltech senior Henry Steiner (Petaluma, Calif. / Casa Grande) whose 1:54.95 was good for eighth in the 'A' final of the same event.
Gallup, meanwhile added to his extensive Caltech swimming career with a three-peat in the 200 Breast. The junior did enough in the morning session to qualify, entering the race as just the sixth-seeded swimmer but went on to wow the Brenda Villa Aquatic Center in the evening when it mattered most. Gallup's breakthrough 2:01.39 tops his old program record from 2017, his winning time in last year's race by nearly a second and should all but ensure a third-straight appearance at the NCAA Championship meet next month. The improvement ended up being completely necessary, as Gallup's time from last year would have landed him a third-place finish.
Elsewhere, sophomore Adam Kogan (Clifton Park, N.Y. / Shenendehowa East) opened the evening for Caltech with a 10th-place finish in the mile, touching the wall at 16:26.64 while sophomore Alex Janosi (Ann Arbor, Mich. / Dexter) made an appearance in the 'B' Final of the 100 Free at the top-seeded swimmer thanks to his 46.71. Caltech came together in the final event of the day for the 400 Free Relay. Steiner, Kogan and Janosi teamed with freshman Timothy Yao (Thousand Oaks, Calif. / Dougherty Valley) to produce the Beavers' fastest time in the event, a 3:07.44 to come in sixth-place and less than two seconds shy of another program record. Caltech's second team featured Gallup, along with sophomore Andy Rothstein (Potomac, Md. / Winston Churchill) and freshmen Colin Chun (Los Angeles, Calif. / Venice) and Rafael Santiago (Manila, Philippines / Phillippine Science), and picked up 13th thanks to a 3:10.89.
The men's swimming & diving team now will eagerly await the official news as to which swimmers qualified for the NCAA Championships, which will be revealed in the next week. Head Coach Andy Brabson and the Beavers will return their entire core for next year's SCIAC Championships with the exception of Steiner and fellow senior Adam Dai (Santa Barbara, Calif. / Dos Pueblos).