PASADENA, Calif. (July 23, 2015) – The Caltech women's swimming & diving team will welcome a pair of newcomers for the 2015-16 season. The class includes:
Brittany Percin (Truckee, Calif. / Stanford Online)
Gemma Takahashi (San Jose, Calif. / Leland)
Truckee, Calif. / Stanford University Online H.S.
A dual recruit between swimming & diving and water polo, Percin was named NAIAA Northern Nevada Swimmer of the Year as well as a Sierra Nevada Swimming Scholar Athlete and USA Water Polo Academic All-American. The Malone Scholar was also a sectional qualifier and enters Caltech with at least three high school times faster than current program records, including 500 Free by over 15 seconds.
"Brittany is extremely versatile – she can swim the sprints all the way up to the mile and even has some open water experience," Head Coach Jack Leavitt said. "She is going to make a huge impact on our team from Day One, both in the pool and with her attitude and work ethic."
San Jose, Calif. / Leland H.S.
Takahashi also boasts two high school times faster than Caltech records, having set three school records at Leland High School. Awarded district honors at the State of the City speech, she has also become an accomplished pianist over the past decade, including playing for her choir.
"Gemma is a very talented butterflier and backstroker who will be a competitive presence in both events at the conference level," Leavitt said. "Her energy will be felt immediately in our workouts and we can't wait to see her develop over her time at Caltech."
"As with the men's squad, these two young women bring a high degree of optimism for the future of our team," Leavitt said. "Both are extremely versatile and talented, exactly the type of injection we need in the team at this point. They have a lot of potential too and will be exciting to watch develop in swimming and at Caltech in general."