Photo: Noelle Davis
PASADENA (Feb. 9, 2019) – The Caltech women's swimming and diving team picked up its third dual meet victory of the season in Saturday's Senior Day clash with the University of La Verne. This season marks the first time the women's program has accomplished three dual meet wins in a season.
The Beavers honored their senior scholar-athletes at the conclusion of the 3-meter diving event and from that point on dominated the Leopards for the second-largest margin of victory of the season. Caltech started the day strong with a win the 200 Medley Relay thanks to graduate student Danica Adams (Novato, Calif. / UC Berkeley), senior Gemma Takahashi (San Jose, Calif. / Leland), sophomore Jessica Sun (York, Penn. / Red Lion Area Senior) and freshman Isabel Swafford (Boise, Id. / Boise). Swafford, who swam the fastest split of the field (24.50), gave the team a collective 1:55.00 for the fourth-fastest time in program history. Just two events later, Adams posted the second-fastest time in the SCIAC this season (and best of her career) in the 1000 Free when she touched the wall in 11:00.73 before senior Brittany Percin (Lake Tahoe, Calif. / Stanford Online) continued Caltech's streak with a win in the 200 Free. Sun later posted her best time in the 50 Breast with a 33.22 to add another event victory for the Beavers.
Takahashi, the defending SCIAC champion in the 100 Fly, won the event by a whopping seven seconds and came just two-tenths of a second away from claiming her best time of the season. Swafford, the Caltech record holder in the 50 Free, picked up the Beavers' last win before the diving break in the same event and later opened up the final round of events with a win in the 100 Free. Sun followed Swafford with a win in the 100 Breast and Percin next claimed her top time of the season in the 50 Fly (27.72). Caltech would win again when the relay teams reconvened for the final event of the day, and the combination of Adams, Takahashi, Percin and Swafford won the 400 Free Relay – improving their best time of the season by a massive 13 seconds.
The diving portion of the day saw sophomores Krystin Brown (Lake Forest, Calif. / Trabuco Hills) and Nerys Huffman (Broomfield, Colo. / Peak to Peak Charter School) finish 1-2 in both the 3-meter and 1-meter events. Brown's 303.55 in the 3-meter and 266.20 in the 1-meter marked season-best scores for the sophomore, who will be competing at the NCAA West Regionals on Friday, Mar. 1.
Head Coach Andy Brabson and the Beavers will now begin preparation for their biggest meet of the season, the SCIAC Championships which are set to begin on Thursday, Feb. 21 at 6 p.m. and continue through the weekend, with diving taking place a week earlier at Pomona-Pitzer Colleges.