WHITTIER, Calif. (Feb. 19, 2015) – With just two swimming events on the slate for opening night of the SCIAC Championships, the Caltech men's swimming and diving team shattered both the 200 Medley Relay and 800 Free Relay program records on Thursday night.
The Beavers garnered 60 points to finish the night in eighth place, just four points out of seventh and 22 clear of the University of La Verne in ninth.
The 200 Medley Relay team of freshmen Henry Baer (Lafayette, Calif. / Acalanes) and Eric Lin (Potomac, Md. / Montgomery Blair), junior Kevin Yu (Seattle, Wash. / Lakeside) and sophomore Chris Bradley (Half Moon Bay, Calif. / Serra) opened the evening by shaving nearly four full seconds off their season-best time to place seventh in the finals heat, coming in at a 1:37.82 to break the previous record by more than two seconds. Baer led off with the fourth-fastest backstroke leg in the pool at 24.35 and Lin followed with a season-best 28.25 breaststroke split, dropping nearly two full seconds. Yu then slapped down a 23.08 butterfly split and Bradley closed the deal with a blazing 22.14, more than a second quicker than his previous best.
Despite swimming their first 800 relay of the season, the foursome of Lin, senior C.J. Culpepper (Leonardtown, Md. / Leonardtown), Bradley and junior Patric Eck (Fullerton, Calif. / Troy) matched the medley's feat, smashing the 34-year-old time of 7:20.95 by two full seconds in 7:18.88, with a record three different Beavers posting sub-1:50 times. Lin posted a 1:52.53 opening leg and Culpepper clocked in under the 1:50 barrier for the first time with a 1:49.79. Bradley kept his impressive night going with a two-second drop from his personal best to touch in 1:49.73 and Eck ensured the record was never in doubt with a 1:46.83.
Day Two prelims begin at 9:00 a.m., with men's 3-meter diving set for 4:00 p.m. and the finals swim session at 5:30 p.m.