PASADENA (Aug. 2, 2018) – The Caltech women's swimming & diving team is bringing in seven new recruits to round out a team that will return the entire 2017 roster and is poised to improve upon last year's SCIAC Championship finish, the team's highest under Head Coach Paul Hughes.
"This is one of the largest and most talented incoming classes in recent memory for the women's program," Hughes said. "These young women will add to the momentum of a team fresh off an eighth-place finish at SCIACs and help us gain traction at the NCAA level. This class definitely shows the tide is rising for Caltech Swimming and Diving."
Danica Adams (Concord, Calif. / UC Berkeley)
Isabella Dula (Henrico, Va. / Maggie L. Walker Governor's School)
Olivia Grobowsky (Houston, Texas / Westside)
Teresa Riedel (Adamstown, Md. / Homeschooled)
Isabel Swafford (Boise, Id. / Boise)
Anna Vinogradsky (Seattle Wash. / Lakeside)
Serena Yan (Wexford, Pa. / North Allegheny)
|Danica Adams||Isabella Dula||Olivia Grobowsky||Teresa Riedel|
|Concord, Calif.||Henrico, Va.||Houston, Texas||Adamstown, Md.|
|UC Berkeley||Maggie L. Walker Governors School||Westside||Homeschooled|
|Isabel Swafford||Anya Vinogradsky||Serena Yan|
|Boise, Id.||Seattle, Wash.||Wexford, Pa.|
Concord, Calif. / UC Berkeley
A Terrapins Swim Team alumnus, Danica Adams has experience swimming various distances in the freestyle and back, but picked up a key win in the 1000 Free at the PC MP Lewis Cook Memorial Senior Open and is coming off a career-best time in the 100 Back dating back as recently as July. Adams could provide needed depth in both strokes while continuing her development in the Beavers' strong team culture.
"We are fortunate Danica chose to continue her academic journey at Caltech as a PhD student in planetary sciences," Hughes said. "She is excited to be a student-athlete again and we look forward to seeing what she can accomplish in the next few years."
Henrico, Va. / Maggie L. Walker Governor's School
Mid/Distance Free, Back
Experienced Isabella Dula captained the swim team at Maggie Walker and also brings a winning track record to Pasadena. She is one of the current Virginia 2A Swim & Dive State Champion State Record Holders in the 400 Free Relay and has also been a part of the first place finishing squads in the 400 Free Relay from between 2015 and 2017. Dula also knows how to win in the classroom, receiving gold medals on the National Spanish Exam in 2015, 2016 and 2017 while also picking up a gold medal in the 2016 National Italian Exam.
"Isabella is an experienced competitive swimmer and will immediately help us with freestyle relay depth and dual meet flexibility," Hughes said. "She also had an enthusiastic personality that will help elevate team practice and meet performances."
Houston, Texas / Westside
Houston native Olivia Grobowsky could be an instant contributor for the Beavers thanks to her proficiency in the distance free. The Westside High School product could have multiple opportunities to improve on her top times in the 500, 1000 and 1650 Free, all of which came back in February 2017.
"We're thrilled to have a swimmer like Olivia who is excited to train for and compete in the distance events," Hughes said. "We love her easy going personality and are excited for her potential to score in multiple events at SCIACs as a freshman."
Adamstown, Md. / Homeschooled
Homeschooled Teresa Riedel spent most of her time in the pool swimming competitively at Monocacy Aquatic Club. A freestyle specialist, Riedel's addition will be crucial for the Beavers to make continued strides in the freestyle relay department and thus the Maryland native will have a chance to contribute instantly.
"Teresa is a complete freestyler, having the necessary speed and endurance to compete at a high level across multiple distances," Hughes said. "We look to take advantage of this versatility to help our relays and have a number of options in dual meets and at SCIACs."
Boise, Id. / Boise
Sprint Free, Back
A versatile swimmer who swam every stroke except the fly at Boise High School, Isabel Swafford posted some of the best times of her career as recently as this past July at the Speedo Champions Series - Mount Hood. Swafford helped Boise to the Idaho 5A State Championship her senior year, scoring a victory in the 100 Back and her experience will be valuable to a women's team looking to rise among the SCIAC ranks in 2019.
"Isabel has improved tremendously in the past couple of years and we really feel like she's coming into our program ready to take her swimming to the next level," Hughes said. "Overall, Isabel fits in great with the team already and we're looking forward to her helping elevate our team's competitiveness across the board."
Seattle Wash. / Lakeside
Sprint Free, Breast
Seattle's Anya Vinogradsky has narrowed her focus to sprint free and breaststroke events in recent years, which has yielded positive results. Vinogradsky also earned a spot on the 3A Metro All-League Team back in Dec. 2016. Her mindset and approach to swimming makes her an ideal fit on the women's team and could be instrumental in taking her development to the next level.
"Anya is tremendously team-oriented in mindset and has the potential to be a leader on our team," Hughes said. "These attributes make her a great addition and we're excited for her potential in the sprint free and breaststroke events."
Wexford, Pa. / North Allegheny
Breast, Sprint Free
Serena Yan, formerly of Allegheny North Swim Club and North Allegeny High School will have a chance to contribute to Caltech in the relay department, just as she did at North Allegheny. Yan's role on the 400 Free and 200 Medley relay teams helped her program to a big win over Pine-Richland back in January, and will now have the opportunity to contribute in a similar role to the Caltech women's swim & dive team.
"It was fun getting to know Serena and her varied interests, from artwork to coding, during the recruiting process," Hughes said. "She will help elevate our breaststroke training group and add relay depth, both in dual meets and at SCIACs."