PASADENA, Calif. (Feb. 19, 2016) – Freshmen Brittany Percin (Moraga, Calif. / Stanford Online) and Gemma Takahashi (San Jose, Calif. / Leland) each broke a Caltech women's swimming and diving program record on Day Two of the SCIAC Championships.
Percin began the day with a nine-second drop in the 500 Free to clock a 5:11.63, breaking her own record from earlier in the season and qualifying for the finals heat in eighth place. Junior Kate Evans (Cumming, Ga. / Lambert) also chopped off 10 seconds to touch in 6:38.67, while freshman Xiaohan Xue (Memphis, Tenn. / White Station) and seniors Tiffany Zhou (Brentwood, Calif. / Heritage) and Grace Lee (Artesia, Calif. / Gretchen Whitney) lopped off over two seconds, one-and-a-half and just over one second, respectively, in the 50 Free.
As the Beavers' lone individual swim of the night, Percin made everything of her opportunity in moving up to sixth with a 5:10.45, earning 15 points for the team. The rookie found herself in a tight race behind the first five right from the start. Sitting between the eventual seventh- and eighth-place finishers, she made her move at the 300 mark and, heading into the final 50 with all three within .27 of one another, out-split the pair to edge ahead.
With the top nine women on the 1-meter diving in the finals, the 11th-place finish by junior Zofii Kaczmarek (New York, N.Y. / Stuyvesant) on Thursday afternoon became official, converting another eight points to Caltech's tally. In the final event of the night, Takahashi led off the 200 Free Relay in a record-setting 25.01 for her third team record this season.
The Saturday meet schedule consists of the 400 IM, 100 Fly, 200 Free, 100 Breast, 100 Back, women's 3-meter diving preliminaries, men's 1-meter diving finals and 400 Medley Relay.