REDLANDS, CA – The Caltech swimming and diving squad began the 2013-14 campaign with a dual meet against SCIAC foe Redlands on Saturday morning.
It was also the coaching debut for Jack Leavitt as the Beavers head coach.
With a vast majority of the men's team still competing for the water polo team, the Beavers were at a severe disadvantage from the start. None the less there were still highlights for Caltech.
Alex Place won both the one- and three-meter diving competitions. The first-year scored 182.05 points to claim the three-meter win by nearly 20 points. During the one-meter event he scored 149.85 points to win by 9.50 points.
Kevin Yu had a solid opening meet. During the 100-yard butterfly he clocked a time of 54.66 to finish second in that event. During the 100-yard breaststroke he took second as well by touching the wall in 1:05.53. He also competed in the 200-yard IM were he finished third with a time of 2:06.36 which was just .32 seconds away from second place.
The women's team garnered their points from a variety of sources during the meet.
Zofii Kaczmarek scored in both one- and three-meter diving. In her first ever diving competition she scored 119.35 during the one-meter competition for a fifth place finish. She placed in the same spot during the three-meter with a score of 77.60. Her agility comes from her high school days in gymnastics.
Suzannah Ozekowsky scored two points in the 100-yard backstroke (1:24.99). Iris Liu's time of 1:10.27 in the 100-yard freestyle put two more points in the Beavers team total.
Aashrita Manju also scored two points with a time of 1:32.29 in the 100-yard butterfly. In her first collegiate meet Kalyn Chang time of 27.72 in the 50-yard freestyle also tallied two team points for the visitors.
Redlands 178, Caltech 31
Redlands 200, Caltech 24