PASADENA, Calif. (Nov. 7, 2015) – Freshman Gemma Takahashi (San Jose, Calif. / Leland) and Brittany Percin (Moraga, Calif. / Stanford Online) set three records and racked up five wins in six individual events in the Caltech women's swimming and diving team's home opener against the University of Redlands on Saturday morning.
Percin lowered her own 200 Free record by exactly one second and later shattered the 500 Free mark by three seconds. After coming just .21 shy of the 100 Back record two weeks prior, Takahashi blew past the mark by 1.5 seconds.
Percin's 200 Free was the first Caltech swim of the day and the rookie put on a show with a strong back half, out-splitting her nearest competitor by three seconds en route to a 1:57.31 – one of the top 30 times in the country this season and the fastest in the SCIAC. Takahashi hopped in next for the 100 Back and just out-touched Redlands' top swimmer in 1:02.15 for the Beavers' second consecutive event win.
Percin was soon at it again in the 200 Fly and blew the competition out of the water after a leisurely first 50 that quickly put her behind three Bulldogs in the heat. She split each of the final three 50s within a second of that first leg, however, to record a dominant 2:14.20 that was almost 10 seconds quicker than any Bulldog.
Freshman Xiaohan Xue (Memphis, Tenn. / White Station) shaved over a second from her 50 Free time and later in the meet trimmed another three off her 100 Free along with senior Grace Lee (Artesia, Calif. / Gretchen Whitney), who cut two seconds from her 100 time. Takahashi, meanwhile, came up just short to place second in the 100 Free. Percin got Caltech back on the winning track in the 500 Free with a 5:20.36 to break the second-oldest individual mark in the program record books and Takahashi took the baton for another victory in the 100 Fly, with the rookie just missing the one-minute barrier at 1:00.03.
In diving, junior Zofii Kaczmarek (New York, N.Y. / Stuyvesant) took second on both boards and showed that she has taken impressive strides in her third year. She improved on her season-opening list two weeks ago by 12 points on the 3-meter (162.05) and 32 points on the 1-meter (167.15) – both significantly higher than her debut performance last year on Dec. 3 and second appearance of the season that January.
Head Coach Jack Leavitt and the Beavers will buckle down for some tough training over the next month leading up to a home meet against Cal Lutheran University on Saturday, Dec. 12 at 10:30 a.m.