COMMERCE, Calif. (Feb. 21, 2019) – The Caltech women's swimming & diving team got off on the right foot on the first day of the 2019 SCIAC Championships thanks to a pair of relay records and a trip to the podium in the 800 Free Relay. The Beavers have accumulated 106 points through four total events, 46 more points than last year and currently sit in fourth place overall.
Seniors Brittany Percin (Lake Tahoe, Calif. / Stanford Online) and Gemma Takahashi (San Jose, Calif. / Leland), graduate student Danica Adams (Novato, Calif. / UC Berkeley) and freshman Isabel Swafford (Boise, Id. / Boise) led Caltech in the 800 Free Relay and combined to set a 12-second program record of 7:44.62 to finish in third place. The Beavers finished four seconds out of second-place but also held off Occidental College's quartet by another four seconds. Percin anchored the team and swam the fastest split of any swimmer in the race by a significant margin (1:51.28) and improved Caltech's standing by two places with her superior swim. Caltech's second relay team consisting of sophomores Jessica Sun (York, Penn. / Red Lion Area Senior) and Stella Wang (Greensboro, N.C. / North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics) and freshmen Isabella Dula (Tuscaloosa, Ala. / Maggie L. Walker) and Olivia Grobowsky (Houston, Texas / Westside) held off teams from California Lutheran University and the University of La Verne to earn the Beavers some extra points.
The Caltech women set another record in the 200 Medley Relay and this time came away with a fourth-place finish. The same team of Percin (free), Takahashi (fly), Adams (back) and Swafford (breast) assumed their best strokes and came in less than one second behind the top team from Occidental College, though set the team's second program record of the day in the process. The quartet achieved a new top time by nearly three seconds with Percin touching the wall at 1:48.64, holding off the next fastest team by more than a full second. Meanwhile, Dula, Sun, Grobowsky and freshman Serena Yan (Guangzhou, China / North Allegheny) competed in the 'B' Final and earned the Beavers an additional six points to pad their historic start to the meet.
Head Coach Andy Brabson and the Beavers will be back tomorrow for preliminaries of the 500 Free, the 200 IM, the 50 Free, and the 200 Free Relay set to begin at 9 a.m. at the Brenda Villa Aquatic Center.