LAGUNA NIGUEL, Calif. (Feb. 28. 2018) – The Caltech men's swimming and diving team qualified more all-SCIAC swimmers than they have in recent memory at the 2018 SCIAC Championships. The Beavers' string of impressive performances helped earn Head Coach Paul Hughes and his staff SCIAC Coaching Staff of the Year honors for a second consecutive year on the men's side, as voted on by the conference's coaches.
All-SCIAC selections on the men's side include sophomore Thomas Gallup (Houston, Texas / Phillips Exeter Academy), junior Henry Steiner (Petaluma, Calif. / Casa Grande), junior Jonathan Willett (Edina, Minn. / Edina), junior Dylan Lu (Kingwood, Texas / Kingwood), freshman Alex Janosi (Ann Arbor, Mich. / Dexter) and freshman Andy Rothstein (Potomac, Md. / Winston Churchill). Gallup made four trips to the podium, the most of any Caltech swimmer this year. Steiner's butterfly helped him to spots on the Beavers' two third-place relay teams in the 200 and 400 Medley Relay, as was the case with Willett, Caltech's freestyle anchor. With Gallup also having a role on both teams with his patented breaststroke, Lu and Rothstein split the backstroke on the 400 and 200 respectively. Janosi, meanwhile grabbed second place in the men's 200 Free in addition to one of many school records the Beavers set over the course of the weeklong meet.
The Beavers once again came back to Pasadena with a sixth-place finish in the conference, though this time with 420 total points, 79 more than the prior year and needing just 28 points to upend Occidental College for fifth in the SCIAC. Caltech's improvement under Hughes and his staff is evident in the point total increase in addition to the wide array of all-conference recognitions.
Hughes and the Beavers will now begin preparation for the NCAA Championships, which will commence beginning on Mar. 21.