Photo by Michael Wong
PASADENA, Calif. (Dec. 12, 2015) – Freshman Brittany Percin (Moraga, Calif. / Stanford Online) led a trio of Beavers who swept all eight events in which they competed as the Caltech women's swimming and diving team hosted California Lutheran University on Saturday morning.
Percin set two more program records while combining with freshman Gemma Takahashi (San Jose, Calif. / Leland) and Zofii Kaczmarek (New York, N.Y. / Stuyvesant) to win eight of the 11 individual events contested in the shortened-meet format. The Regals' depth carried them to a 130-84 victory, however.
With the Beavers unable to field a medley relay team, Percin was the first to enter the water and started the day with a bang in the 1650 Free. The rookie, who had already broken a record in each of her three career meets and four total, one-upped herself by shattering two marks in the same race. Percin took out the first 1,000 yards in 11:19.60 – two seconds below the previous mark – and finished in 18:50.17 to crush the oldest swimming record in the books (dating back to 2002) by 23 seconds.
Percin would also claim victories in the 100 and 500 Free, as did Takahashi in the 50 Free, 100 Fly and 100 Back. Senior Grace Lee (Artesia, Calif. / Gretchen Whitney) and junior Kate Evans (Cumming, Ga. / Lambert) turned in impressive performances in the 200 Free and 500 Free, respectively, as Lee chopped off almost 30 seconds from her previous personal best while Evans posted her first-ever sub-seven-minute 500.
Kaczmarek had a career day on both boards. The junior recorded a 10.5-point improvement on the 1-meter and a near 18-point improvement on the 3-meter from last month with scores of 177.7 and 179.9, both which marked personal-bests.
Head Coach Jack Leavitt and the Beavers will take a month-long break from competition before hosting Mills College on Friday, Jan. 15 at 5 p.m.