COMMERCE, Calif. (Feb. 22, 2019) – Sophomore Alex Janosi (Ann Arbor, Mich. / Dexter) sprinted to fourth place in the 50 Free as the Caltech men's swim & dive held its mid-table position in sixth place after Day Two of the SCIAC Championships.
Caltech's 157 points have the Beavers 10 behind Occidental College in fifth place, while 34 ahead of Chapman University in seventh.
After splitting a blazing 20.22 as the anchor leg of the 200 Medley Relay the night prior, Janosi lowered his personal-best flat start time from the morning prelim session (already a near-second PR) to a 20.92 as one of just four competitors in the conference to crack the 21-second mark.
Senior Henry Steiner (Petaluma, Calif. / Casa Grande) picked up a handful of points for Caltech as well in the 200 IM, placing 13th overall with a career-best 1:54.59. Perhaps more key is the takeaway from his butterfly splits each night of the meet thus far, however; his 23.53 opening leg of the 200 IM was the fastest in the pool this morning while his 22.29 on the 200 Medley Relay the night before could portend impressive showings in the 100 and 200 Fly over the next two days.
Freshman Nick Jasinski (Crystal Lake, Ill. / Crystal Lake Central) and sophomore Adam Kogan (Clifton Park, N.Y. / Shenendehowa East) also pulled in some points in the 500 Free, with Kogan moving up from the 17th seed after prelims to score in 13th place while Jasinski improved his positioning by one to 15th. The 200 Free Relay event capped the night, with Caltech placing seventh and 15th.
During the morning prelim session, several other Beavers recorded personal-best times as well. Freshman Thomas Barrett (Chatham, N.J. / Chatham) posted a 4:50.16 in the 500 Free, while classmate Jeffrey Ma (San Jose, Calif. / Bellarmine Coll. Prep) trimmed six seconds from his season best in the 200 IM and just snuck underneath his personal-best time with a 1:59.79. A slew of Beavers shaved time in the 50 Free to end the day including rookies Rafael Santiago (Manila, Philipinnes / Phillipine Science) and Austin Harvard (Lake Forest, Calif. / El Toro), sophomore Jethin Gowda (Orange, Conn. / Amity Regional) and junior Ayan Bandyopadhyay (San Jose, Calif. / Bellarmine Coll. Prep)
Head Coach Andy Brabson and the Beavers are back in action tomorrow morning, with Day 3 of the Championships beginning at 9 a.m.