2011-12 Swimming/Diving Season Preview

2011-12 Swimming/Diving Season Preview

The Caltech swimming and diving squads are among the biggest ever in school history. More importantly, however, is that there are a number of returners who have contributed valuable points during recent seasons.

MEN'S PREVIEW

Leading the way for the men's squad will be co-captains Peter Buhler and Justin Johnson. The seniors have been key contributors during their time with the program and have been competing among the best the SCIAC has to offer. During his first three seasons with the program, Buhler established two school records while competing in the finals of three different individual events at the year ending SCIAC Championships. Johnson has placed among the top three divers in the one-meter and three-meter competitions five of a possible six times at the league championships. He won the one-meter championships during his first year with the team in 2009.

"Peter and Justin are going to provide great leadership this season," head coach Clint Dodd said. "Both have worked hard in their previous seasons and there is no reason to think they won't be among the conference's best once again as they work to attain all-conference status once again."

While Johnson has proven to be one of the best divers in the league, teammate Wade Hann-Carutaers has been steadily improving. Last season he tied for fourth place in the three-meter competition and narrowly missed out on qualifying for the finals in the one-meter event.

The quick duo of Jack Backwood and Tommy Kwong will be among the top Beaver performers in short and mid-distance events.  The juniors will participate in a variety of different events with their focus mostly on breast stroke and freestyle respectively.

Senior Zach Gomez will be looked upon during freestyle events. Last season he was also a vital cog on the Beavers freestyle relay teams and looks to slide into the role once again. Fellow senior Tony Tong won key freestyle events last year in the Beavers two wins against Chapman. Tong will also participate in breast stroke events.

In addition to the 12 returning swimmers/divers, the Beavers will feature 13 first year participants who could sneak up on the competition.

WOMEN'S PREVIEW

The Beavers will be paced by a strong group of returning swimmers. The senior duo of Caitlin Regan and Janis Intoy will be looked upon to score points. Regan will participate in a variety of events with the butterfly as her specialty. Intoy has primarily focused on the individual medley events but she will be looked upon for team points in specific competitions as the season progresses.

"Caitlin and Janis have really worked hard during the off season to prepare for their final year of competition. I'm really looking forward to seeing them lead this team both in and out of the pool," Dodd said. "In addition to their versatility, we have returners who can participate and score points in a variety of events."

Hanna Dodd is one of those swimmers who can compete in multiple events. The junior has scored team points in just about every possible event during her tenure with the program. Caltech's distance swimmers will be paced by sophomore Misha Raffiee. During her first year with the squad, the native of Reno, NV, consistently placed among the top three finishers in either the 1650 or 1000 yard events.

Jessica Swallow returns as the Beavers top diver. The senior posted consistent results in all of the league meets last season by scoring team points in nearly every SCIAC meets. Fellow senior Timi Kosztin will be a vital contributor in both diving events as well after a steady showing during her first three years with the squad.

Of the 20 participants, nearly half of the roster (nine) is filled by first year swimmers/divers.

The season starts with a non-conference meet on Wednesday, Nov. 30 against Vanguard with the Beavers starting SCIAC meets a few days later when they face-off against defending league champion ClaremontMuddScripps.