COMMERCE, Calif. (Feb. 24, 2018) – Junior Brittany Percin (Lake Tahoe, Calif. / Stanford Online) got back to the podium on the final day of the women's swim & dive SCIAC Championships on Saturday when she claimed a second-place finish in the 200 Fly finals. Percin swam the race one day removed from another second-place finish in the 200 Free.
Caltech also sealed an eighth-place team finish, the Beavers' highest since the SCIAC expanded to nine teams. The women's 285 points is a new high under Head Coach Paul Hughes, which helped them finish just below a glut of opponents and 72 points ahead of the University of La Verne while also trailing the fifth-place team by just 71 points (that gap was 204 points last year).
The 200 Fly ended up being the women's first event with representation and for Percin the results were well worth the wait. Percin entered the race having recorded the fastest preliminary time earlier in the day, but still swam half a second faster when it mattered most (2:07.34). The second split proved to be the most critical, as Percin's 31.18 was the fastest split among the nine-woman SCIAC field in that quartile and gave her a narrow overall lead at the halfway mark in the race. The junior touched the wall in 2:07.34. The result is especially impactful since Percin had not swam the 200 Fly this year, an event in which she set the program record as a rookie. Teammate Gemma Takahashi (San Jose, Calif. / Leland) took first in the 100 Fly on Friday and Percin nearly followed suit. Takahashi also competed in the 200 Fly 'B' final and came out on top with a 2:09.79 which would have put her sixth in the 'A' field.
Prior to the final swimming session, freshman pair Krystin Brown (Lake Forest, Calif. / Trabuco Hills) and Nerys Huffman (Broomfield, Colo. / Peak to Peak Charter School) made their debut in the SCIAC 3-meter diving finals and drew eighth- and ninth-place finishes, fourth and fifth among freshmen divers. Brown closed with 359.85 points while Huffman posted a solid 315.90. Brown's total put her within 20 points of seventh place. The duo showed a great deal of promise on the 3m board and Brown in particular will benefit from the year of experience, having never dove competitively prior to this year.
The women's competition came to an end with the 400 Free Relay. The team of Percin, Takahashi, sophomore Angelina Pan (Toronto, Canada / Havergal College) and freshman Stella Wang (Greensboro, N.C. / North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics) qualified for the 'A' final earlier in the day and came in just one-fifth of a second off the Caltech record (3:42.85) but four seconds better than their seed time.
The women's team now will eagerly await the official news as to which swimmers qualified for the NCAA Championships, which will be revealed in the next week.