PASADENA, Calif. (Feb. 18, 2016) – The Caltech men's and women's swimming and diving teams are set to compete at this weekend's SCIAC Championships from Thursday-Sunday, Feb. 18-21.
Location: Splash! La Mirada Regional Aquatics Center
13806 La Mirada Blvd. La Mirada, CA 90638
The men's team has several swimmers and one diver in scoring position entering the meet, according to the official psych sheet. Freshman Dylan Lu (Kingwood, Texas / Kingwood) is the only Beaver projected to qualify for the finals heat, as his seed time is sixth-best in the 200 Back. The rookie is also expected to score in his other three events (he is ranked 10th in the 500 Free, 12th in the 100 Back and 18th in the 200 Free but will have to scratch one to meet the maximum of three individual swims). Classmate Henry Steiner (Petaluma, Calif. / Casa Grande) is also a favorite to reach the consolation heat in the 100 Fly (13th), 200 Fly (14th) and 200 IM (17th). Sophomore Alexander Bourzutschky (Potomac, Md. / Montgomery Blair) is ranked 10th on both the 1-meter and 3-meter boards; the top nine divers in morning preliminaries advance to the evening sessions.
Seniors Kevin Yu (Seattle, Wash. / Lakeside) and Patric Eck (Fullerton, Calif. / Troy) are also in position to make it back for the night sessions in one swim apiece, with Yu 15th in the 100 Fly and Eck 18th in the 50 Free. Yu is not far off the pace in the 100 Breast (21st) either, while sophomores Hanzhi Lin (Potomac, Md. / Montgomery Blair) and Avikar Periwal (Potomac, Md. / Montgomery Blair) are ranked among the top 30 in a combined five events. Freshmen Adam Dai (Santa Barbara, Calif. / Dos Pueblos) and Jonathan Willett (Edina, Minn. /Edina) also rank in the 20s in three combined events while the Beavers' 400 Medley Relay is its top-rated in seventh.
Only three returners scored at last year's championships – Bourzutschky placed 12th on the 3-meter and 13th on the 1-meter while Periwal and Yu each finished in 18th in the 1650 Free and 100 Fly, respectively.
On the women's side, the trio of junior Zofii Kaczmarek (New York, N.Y. / Stuyvesant) and freshmen Brittany Percin (Moraga, Calif. / Stanford Online) and Gemma Takahashi (San Jose, Calif. / Leland) all look to score in multiple events. Percin, who has already set six program records this year, is seeded among the finals heat favorites in all three events – 200 and 500 Free, 200 Fly – while Takahashi, who has broken two records, is right on the bubble in the 200 Back (ninth), 100 Back (10th) and 100 Fly (11th). Kaczmarek is expected to build on last year's places of 10th on the 3-meter board and 14th on the 1-meter, as she enters this year's competition seed seventh and 10th, respectively.
*Psych sheet seeding does not factor in the maximum of four scoring swimmers or divers per team