Photo by Joe Bergman
PASADENA (Feb. 23, 2017) – Caltech swim & dive freshman Thomas Gallup (Houston, Texas / Phillips Exeter Acad.) has been invited to compete at the 2017 NCAA National Championships after winning SCIAC titles in both the 100- and 200-yard Breaststroke.
Gallup will be the Beavers' first representative at the meet since 1983, when 2016 Hall of Honor inductee Chris McKinnon competed in his third straight championship after leading Caltech to its best finish of 26th place in 1981. Gallup joins McKinnon, Steve Rogers, Gregg Wright and 1968 Olympic Trials finalist Henry DeWitt as the only Beavers to qualify for the meet.
"When I committed to swim at Caltech, some people questioned my decision, saying that it was a 'shame' that I had chosen a school that wasn't known for its swimming program," Gallup said. "To show that we can balance both our academics and achieve at the highest level athletically makes me really proud to be a Techer!"
The rookie became the first Caltech men's swim & dive SCIAC champion since 1996 and the first double winner in the same meet since McKinnon accomplished the feat in 1982. He enters the National Championships seeded 11th in the 100 Breast and 13th in the 200, with the potential to move up in the coming weeks as swimmers may scratch from the event in favor of others.
"All members of the swim team have a vision of turning our program into one of the best in SCIAC, and I'm proud to do my part in getting us there," Gallup said.