PASADENA (Aug. 2, 2019) – The Caltech swimming & diving team is bringing in 10 new recruits to join the rising men's and women's programs on the heels of a highly successful season under new Head Coach Andy Brabson. Each of the new additions will combine to make up one of the most talented recruiting classes in the history of the swimming & diving program.
"I am very excited to announce our incoming recruiting class for the 2019-2020 season," Brabson said. "These scholar-athletes have worked tremendously hard both in the classroom and the pool to get to this point. We graduated an extremely talented group of seniors who have been instrumental in the recent successes of the program. While it will certainly be difficult to go into next season without them, I am confident that our returners, in combination with this eager new group of first-years, are primed to build on last year's successes and take the program to the next level."
Each of the incoming names will look to help the Beavers improve upon a historic season which included sixth-place finishes for both men's and women's teams at the 2019 SCIAC Championships, three national meet qualifiers, 18 new program records and over 150 new top-10 times.
|Reid Banciella||Joshua Lee||Shoonhsin Li||Nathan McAlister||Krish Mehta|
|Coral Gables, Fla.||Valencia, Calif.||Horseheads, N.Y.||Reno, Nev.||Mumbai, India|
|Mast Academy||Valencia||Horseheads||Davidson Academy||Dhirubhai Ambani|
|Daniel Nee||Katherine Pan||Isaac Smith||Maddie Swint||George Wythes|
|Wayland, Mass.||Livonia, Mich.||Tuscaloosa, Ala.||Charleston, W.Va.||
Solana Beach, Calif.
|Wayland||Detroit Country Day||Northridge||George Washington||Torrey Pines|
Coral Gables, Fla./Mast Academy
Banciella is a talented sprinter who is set up to contribute immediately in the short-distance free, butterfly, and various relay events. His current 50 Free (3rd) and 100 Free (4th) times would already position him as a top-5 swimmer in each event and he could find himself knocking on the door of the 100 Fly record before long. Banciella also carries with him championship meet experience, having competed in the Southern Zone Senior Championships, Greensboro Future Championships and Speedo Junior National Championships as a club swimmer in his native Florida.
Lee is coming off of an excellent senior year at Valencia High School that included a finals berth at the CIF Division 1 sectional meet. He will be counted on to score highly in the Breast and IM. His current 100 and 200 breaststroke times would position him as the program's second-fastest swimmer in each event, and his 200 IM time is just three-tenths of a second off of the current school record occupied by rising junior Alex Janosi. Lee's versatility will also allow him to play an integral role in medley relays this season.
Li comes to Caltech looking to build off of some excellent time drops as a senior at Horseheads High School. He brings with him a 200 Fly time that is close to three seconds faster than the current school record left behind by departing senior Henry Steiner. His current 400 IM time also falls just beneath the current school record and his 100 Fly and 200 IM times would position him third all-time. Li has also further developed his breaststroke this season and his 200 Breast time would put him second all-time behind two-time national qualifier and future teammate Tom Gallup. His proficiency in each event will also provide his new coaching staff some added flexibility in the medley relay events.
Reno, Nev./Davidson Academy
McAlister is an extremely versatile swimmer who can make immediate and significant contributions in numerous events. His current times in the 500 Free, 1000 Free, 1650 Free, 100 Fly, 200 Fly, and 200 IM and 400 IM would make the program's all-time top-5 list. The Nevada-native is also decorated at the high school level. He left Davidson Academy with the Regional Championship in the 100 Fly and as a USA Swimming Sectional qualifier.
Mumbai, India/Dhirubhai Ambani
Mehta is one of the rawest talents of this year's class but has a high ceiling and stands at 6-foot-4, making him one of the tallest members on the team. He possesses a natural ability and passion for the sport that should allow him to progress quickly and develop into an excellent sprint freestyler. Mehta is excited to come to Caltech where he will get to fulfill a childhood passion for studying STEM while pursuing a college swimming career.
Nee will be counted on in the sprint backstroke and fly events as a freshman. His current 100 Back, 200 Back and 100 fly times, if duplicated, would make the Caltech top-10 list. He will also be a valuable asset on the sprint relays. At his native Wayland High School, Nee contributed to back-to-back state championships in a variety of events thanks to a laser focus and championship-caliber preparation.
Livonia, Mich./Detroit Country Day
Pan will provide much-needed depth in the sprint freestyle events this season. She will be counted on to contribute in the sprint relays and has the potential to develop quickly swimming alongside some of the talented members of the Caltech women's team.
Smith stands out as someone who will be called upon to solidify the distance group. His current 1000 Free and 1650 Free times, if duplicated would already rank him among the Caltech Top-10. Smith will be a good bet to do just that, as he has continued to drop time this summer and should reap the benefits of his hard work this coming season. Smith is also excited to contribute to the growing positive culture of the swimming & diving program while he pursues physics and research opportunities in several different subjects.
Charleston, W.Va./George Washington
Swint will be an important member of the women's program from the moment she steps foot on campus. She is coming off a strong senior year of high school and like Banciella on the men's side brings with her championship-level experience having competed at the Southern Zone this past year. Swint will be an immediate contributor on relays this season and will also have a chance to make an impact individually. Her current 100 Fly time ranks fifth all-time and her 100 Back, 200 Back and 200 IM also put her in position to make at least three more Caltech Top-10's as she looks to continue her development within the Caltech program.
Solana Beach, Calif./Torrey Pines
Wythes is another extremely versatile swimmer and one who will be a factor among the conference elite in most events. His freestyle range extends from the 50 up through the 500 and his backstroke and butterfly events will also make him a force to be reckoned with within the SCIAC. The proof is in his current times. Wythes' top swims in the 100 Free, 200 Free, 500 Free, 100 Back, 200 Back, and 100 Fly already rank highly in school history. His natural progression in the pool will be worth monitoring this season.