CLAREMONT, Calif. (Oct. 24, 2015) – Freshman Brittany Percin (Moraga, Calif. / Stanford Online) broke the 200 Freestyle record in the first individual event of her collegiate career as the Caltech women's swimming and diving team opened the 2015-16 season at last year's No. 14 Pomona-Pitzer Colleges on Saturday.
Percin followed up her blazing 55.98 100 Free split on the 400 Medley Relay with a 1:58.31 in the 200 Free to break the previous mark of 2:00.96. She later swam the second-fastest 500 Free in program history, missing that mark by fewer than three seconds. Pomona-Pitzer's considerably deeper squad led the Sagehens to a 214-58 victory.
The Beavers opened the shortened-format meet with a 4:44.57 400 Medley Relay – more than 30 seconds faster than last season's debut in the event – and Percin edged out six Sagehens for the victory in the 200 Free. Following the 50 Back and 50 Breast, Percin and fellow rookie Gemma Takahashi (San Jose, Calif. / Leland) claimed third and fourth place in the 100 Fly with times of 1:01.04 and 1:02.71, respectively. Those marks are also the program's best ever swum by a Beaver other than record-holder Jacqueline Masehi-Lano and former record-holder Jackie Wilbur.
Junior Zofii Kaczmarek (New York, N.Y. / Stuyvesant) beat out one of two Sagehens for second place in the 3-meter diving competition to add to the Beavers' points tally. Senior Grace Lee (Artesia, Calif. / Gretchen Whitney) recorded an impressive swim in the 100 Free with a 1:10.09, coming within a second of her personal best swum at last year's SCIAC Championships. Takahashi nearly joined Percin on the record board in the 100 Back, clocking a 1:03.83 that was just .21 of a second off Masehi-Lano's 2011 record.
In the 500, Percin took it out conservatively before descending each 50 of the final 250 yards to cruise to the win over a trio of Sagehens in 5:26.43. Kaczmarek would take first place by default on the 1-meter board with no competitors and Caltech wrapped things up with a 5:02.57 in the 400 Free Relay.
Head Coach Jack Leavitt and the Beavers will return to Pomona-Pitzer for the Sagehens' Relay Invite on Saturday, Oct. 31.