Swimming & Diving Hosts Awards Banquet

Swimming & Diving Hosts Awards Banquet
The 2011 swimming & diving team held their awards banquet at the Domenico's Italian Restaurant in Arcadia. 
"It was great see my teammates at an off campus event where we could just sit down and enjoy ourselves", relates team captain Peter Buhler.  Head Coach Dodd and Diving Coach Zimmerman and the entire 50 member squad had to say good bye to Assistant Coach Erin Flanagin who is heading off to Case Western for Medical School.  Erin was a four year swimmer and water polo player, two year team captain and swam the third fastest 50 free time (21.84) in Caltech history. The food was good and time raced by as the final awards of the season were presented.
Tough as Nails Trophy  

Lucas Carreno   New to athletics and swimming, Lucas has the determination to do his best at every occasion.

Rachel Moore   Overcame a major surgery last year and came back to lifetime best swims this year.   Both awards winners are model athletes for this award.

Diver of the Year             

Justin Johnson  Another good year for Justin as he won all but one dual meet and placed 3rd on 1m and 3m at the SCIAC Championship.

Peggy Allen
 Finished her senior year as the "back bone" of the large diving squad.  Won three dual meets and qualified for the SCIAC Finals.

Outstanding Frosh
Conway Xu
  A butterflyer that can do 400 individual medley, well and with a smile. Cool!!

Christine Sun  Surprised everyone (including herself) with large improvements in the distance races.

Most Improved 
Wade Hann-Caruthers  Keeps improving his overall dive list with harder and harder dives and keeps his standards high. Placed 4th on 3m at Championships.

James Li  Abruptly called in to swim the relays at Championships were he stepped up and dropped 3 seconds 50 free and 8 seconds in the 100 breast.  Bravo!! 

Caitlin Regan Worked so hard this year on her technique and endurance while improved her lifetime best nearly every meet.

Jessica Swallow  Another diver who worked so hard improving her list and nailing her entries.  She won two major meets this year and keeps improving.

Campbell Trophy

Peter Buhler
 This year Peter worked on breaking a few more records and just missed the 200 free record by .21.  If healthy watch out!!

Martha Wayne   
Peggy Allen  Sorry to see her graduate this year.  She is a wonderful leader and superior student/athlete.  She made everyone around her a better person.


It's Great to Have History – A Record Retires

In the next few weeks we will be retiring one of our old swim records off the men's board, the 100 Butterfly 58.5.   This entails inviting Henry De Witt 69' (currently hailing from Delaware) to Caltech for a dinner at the Faculty Club on campus.  With his wife in attendance, he'll be presented his plank by Peter Buhler 12', current record holder in the 100 Butterfly.  This is one of the nicest parts about being a part of Caltech athletics: this connection with the past Alumni and the current student body.  The swimming and track & field records are not just the current record holder but the past record holders throughout the years.  And I do mean years.  There is a record from Track dating back to 1918.  The planks are hung with the fastest on the bottom and the others moving up until there is no more room and the record is retired. 

Last summer one of our Alumni asked me if there was any way of kicking all the men out of the "Men's Locker Room" so he could show his wife and daughters his record.  So I went in and explained the situation to about 20 Professors. And then I watched in amazement as they all scurried out of the locker room telling me how cool this was and how much they enjoyed being part of the moment.  Very Nice!!

Note:  The oldest swim record hanging is from 1942 400 Free Relay – 3:54.8 Dixon, Tuedio, Nelson & Merrick. The newest record for that event 1981 is 3:19.95 Arley Anderson, Steve Rogers, Dave Huff & Chris McKinnon.

The oldest track plank hanging is from 1918 (the year WWI ended, WOW) High Jump, 5'8", Bill Payne.  Current record holder is Alex Lapides, 6'6¾", 2010.