Team Victories Highlight Meet with Mills, Chapman
PASADENA, CA – The Caltech swimming and diving team welcomed Chapman and Mills for a tri-meet on Sunday afternoon at the Braun Pool.
The men's team posted a win over Chapman while the ladies grabbed victory over Mills.
During the men's dual meet between Chapman and Caltech, the Beavers came away with wins in 10 of the 13 events. In the head-to-head competition between the Beavers and Mills, Caltech won 11 of the 13 events.
In the tri-meet on the women's side Chapman and Caltech claimed all the first place finishes. Leading the way of the Beavers was Jacqueline Masehi-Lano. She started her day with a win in the 200-yard IM by touching the wall in 2:23.84. Three races later the junior won the 100-yard butterfly in 1:01.24.
Kalyn Chang claimed first place during the 100-yard freestyle race as the first-year was just over a second faster than the runner-up with a time of 1:01.07. Chang had a great swim in the 50-yard freestyle as she placed second with a time of 27.76 which was just .07 seconds slower than the top finisher.
Iris Liu battled well in the 100-yard breastroke event. The senior's effort came up just short of first-place by under three seconds as she clocked a time of 1:21.29.
The competition got off on the right foot for the men's team as the Caltech 200-yard freestyle relay team of Leon Ding, Galen Gao, Kevin Yu and Chris Bradley posted a 10-second win with a time of 1:49.28.
In the 200-yard individual race, Bradley touched the wall in 1:55.96 to outdistance himself from his nearest competitor by over nine seconds. Ding also won an individual event as he claimed the top spot during the 100-yard butterfly race with a time of 56.98.
Gao claimed an individual event win as well by winning the 100-yard breastroke in 1:12.78. Yu won a pair of events to help boosts the men's team victory. He won the 200-yard IM with a time of 2:08.52 then proceeded to claim victory in the 100-yard backstroke (57.50).
C.J. Culpepper posted a start-to-finish win during the 500-yard freestyle race. The junior posted a time of 5:19.51 which was nearly 20 seconds fasters than his closest competitor. In the men's 100-yard race Patric Eck posted a time of 49.75 to top Taylor Ford to exact a measure of revenge after Ford won by .08 seconds over Eck in the 50-yard race.
On the diving board Ben Grabowski posted a pair of personal best scores en route to two first place finishes. The junior started the day with a score of 210.95 on the three-meter board then tallied 203.10 points in winning the one-meter competition.
It is the first collegiate head coaching wins for first-year coach Jack Leavitt.
Chapman 166-Caltech 60
Caltech 123-Mills 77
Chapman 177-Mills 45
Caltech 126-Chapman 86