COMMERCE, CA – The Beavers swimming and diving season came to a close this past weekend at the SCIAC Championships held at the Brenda Villa Aquatic Center.
During the course of the three-day event there were several highlights and personal records worth mentioning.
Kevin Yu dropped his school time in the 100 butterfly during Saturday's consolation final competition. The sophomore posted a time of 53.35 which bested his previous record of 53.67. Yu also qualified for the consolation final in the 200 backstroke where he finished 16th overall in a time of 56.52. In the 200 butterfly Yu's consolation final time of 2:00.56 was just .02 away from tying his school record.
Jacqueline Mashei-Lano dropped her school record in the 100 Butterfly. Her time during Saturday's preliminaries of 58.69 took .05 seconds after the record she set in 2012. The time also placed her in the championships final on Saturday where she placed ninth.
Patrick Eck swam a stellar race in a deep 200 freestyle field as he qualified for the consolation final on Saturday night. The sophomore's time of 1:46.99 in the preliminary round during the morning, pushed him into Saturday night the swim.
In the freestyle distance races two significant personal best times where had. CJ Culpepper posted a time of 17:50.14 in the 1650 to lower his previous best mark by a minute. Alexandra Iliac recorded a time of 5:59 in the 500. It was the first time she has gone under six-minutes in the event.
The men's 200 freestyle relay team of Eck, Leon Ding, Yu, and Chris Bradley came-up just 0.27 seconds short of breaking the 33-year old school record.
On the diving boards Ben Grabowksi and Alex Place both advanced the final round of the three-meter diving competition where they placed seventh and ninth respectively. Grabowski also qualified for the final round in the one-meter where he recorded an eighth place finish.
Coach Leavitt summarizes the Championships for the Beavers:
The swimming & diving season came to close at the league championships this past weekend as Caltech set numerous PR's and posted solid efforts.