LaVERNE, Calif. – In their closest meet of the season, the Caltech swimmers and divers fell to SCIAC foe La Verne on Saturday afternoon.
The women's team dropped a seven-point decision to the Leopards 116-109 while the La Verne men nudged out a 121-111 win.
During the women's meet a deep Caltech squad pushed the Leopards. The Beavers won five events and placed two swimmers in the top three in several events.
Jacqueline Masehi-Lano continued her strong first season with a trio of wins. She won the first individual event of the meet by claiming the 1000 yard freestyle in 11:21.26. That time represents her eighth school record this year. She bests the previous mark of 11:24.97 by Diane Plummer set in 2007. Masehi-Lano also won the 200 yard butterly (2:18.52) and 200 yard breastroke (2:45.48) to claim 27 team points for Caltech.
Katie Ching posted the best score during the one-meter diving competition as the first-year tallied 153.15 points to edge out teammate Jessica Swallow. Swallow went onto claim the best scored in the three-meter diving event (133.45).
Janis Intoy was another top scorer for the Beavers as she scored nine team points with a runner-up finish in two races (200 yard IM & 200 yard breaststroke) and a third-pace finish in another (1000 yard freestyle).
The men's meet was just a tight and well fought by the Beavers. Caltech won three events but their depth was vital to keeping the score tight.
Justin Johnson concluded his SCIAC career by taking top honors in both diving events. The senior scored 235.65 points in the one-meter competition and 255.85 in the three-meter event.
Christian Rivas scored 17 team points for the Beavers. Rivas won the 200 yard breastroke in 2:28.71 while placing second in the 50 and 100 yard freestyle events.
The Caltech divers will participate in the SCIAC preliminaries at the University of Redlands on Feb. 11 and 12 with the top eight from each event qualifying for the league finals. SCIAC championships for swimming and diving will take place in South Gate, Calif. from Feb. 19-21.