INDIANAPOLIS (Feb. 27, 2019) – A trio of Beavers have been selected to represent Caltech swimming & diving at the 2019 NCAA Division III National Championships taking place Mar. 20-23 in Greensboro, N.C.
Senior Brittany Percin (Lake Tahoe, Calif. / Stanford Online) will represent the women's team for the second consecutive year while junior Thomas Gallup (Houston, Texas / Phillips Exeter Acad.) and freshman Nick Jasinski (Crystal Lake, Ill. / Crystal Lake Central) qualified on the men's side, becoming the first Caltech duo to receive invitations since the 1980-81 season. Gallup will be appearing in his third championship meet in as many seasons after earning All-America Honorable Mention honors in the 100-yard breaststroke as both a freshman and sophomore, for which he also earned Caltech's first points in the Learfield Director's Cup Division III standings since2004. Percin, who last year became the first female Caltech swimmer to qualify for the meet since 1983 in the 200 Free, punched her ticket this year in the 200 Fly.
All three qualified in a single event, but will have the opportunity to compete in additional events, for which they still will be eligible to score as both individuals and the Caltech teams. Gallup, seeded 14th in a tight 100 Breast field, will attempt to break through for All-America honors in his second specialty event, the 200 Breast, in which he is seeded 18th with less than half a second separating him from a scoring position. Percin is slotted 16th in the 200 Fly with a sizable gap separating her from 17th, while she will look to move up in the 200 Free, where she enters in 25th. She also will contest the 100 Free, in which her 51.29 relay split at SCIAC Championships would rank 17th among the reported flat-start times. Jasinski, meanwhile, earned the final qualification berth of 16th in the 200 Back by a mere .07 and will attempt to crack a shallow 200 Fly field as well, where he is seeded 23rd.
Head Coach Andy Brabson and the Beavers will spend the next three weeks training in earnest as they look to better last year's 49th-place finish on the men's side and first points in program history on the women's.