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SHENANDOAH, Texas (Mar. 18, 2017) – Caltech swim & dive freshman Thomas Gallup (Houston, Texas / Phillips Exeter Acad.) placed 11th in the nation in the 100-yard breaststroke at the NCAA Division III National Championships, scoring the first points for Caltech at the national meet since 1983.
Gallup entered the meet seeded in the same position he ultimately finished, although he fell back to 13th in the morning preliminaries before lowering his own program record in the event to a 55.06, which was good for third place in the consolation heat. The rookie also lowered his personal-best time in the 50 Free on Wednesday by .12 to a 21.86 – the fifth-fastest in program history – and finished 18th in the 200 Breast on Saturday. The six points he earned in the 100 Breast put Caltech in 41st place after Friday night and tied the Beavers for a final ranking of 43rd in DIII.
The Beavers' first representative at the national meet since Hall of Honor inductee Chris McKinnon in 1983, Gallup won SCIAC titles in both the 100 and 200 Breast to become the program's first champion in a swimming event since 1996 and its first double-event winner since 1982. He also swam key legs on three program record-setting relays, including the 400 Medley which placed third as Caltech's first All-SCIAC relay since 1993 as the Beavers finished sixth overall for their best finish at SCIACs in more than a decade while recording their highest point total since 1989.