May 2012 Aquatics Alumni Update

Aquatic Newsletter May 7th 2012

(PDF of Alumni News)

Some folks were asking for a recap of this year’s Swimming & Diving Team.  So here we go!!

Undergrad NEWS----

>Largest Swim Team in Caltech history, 32 men and 28 women.

>Freshmen Jackie Masehi-Lano begins her Caltech career with a 3 individual events wins against Vanguard.

>Both Men & Women win the first meet against Vanguard University.

>Lose our next two dual meets to Conference Champs Claremont & a much improved Whittier College.

>Jackie Masehi-Lano receives “SCIAC Athlete of the Week” (picked from all the sports of all the colleges in SCIAC) for winning 8 of her first 10 races.

>Travel to Las Vegas for the UNLV “Winter Invite”.  Everyone swam great and hit mid season times early in the year.  This set the stage for an outstanding swim season (saw a woman from Fresno blast a 52.41 - 100 back)

Christmas Break

>Dropped two good meets to Redlands (2nd at NCAA Championship) and Cal Lu.  

>Win five meets in three days.  Women sweep two meets against St. Joseph College, NY and Mills College (Bay Area) while the men upset Chapman University 157-60

>Dropped two more good meets to Occidental & Pomona Pitzer.  Swam fast and divers dove well.

>Lose a close meet to La Verne Men 121-111 without an injured captain Peter Buhler. Women 116 -109 came down to the last event, 400 Free Relay.

>Jackie Masehi-Lano continues to set 6 school records in individual races.

>Diver Justin Johnson led the diving squad to a fine diving performance at the SCIAC prelims.  Freshmen Ben Grabowski and senior Jess Swallow both place 10th 1m & 9th on 3m. Timi Kosztin nailed her final three dives on the 1m board but could only climb to 12th place in the final standings, but rebounded to 9th on the higher board.  

>SCIAC Finals -- Surprise -- first year Katie Ching made it into finals along with Justin.  At the finals, Justin saved the best for last - placing 3rd on 1m and placing 2nd on the 3m board scoring 414.75 points, which earned him NCAA consideration. Katie got hurt during warm-ups and was unable to compete.

>SCIAC Finals – Buhler fought through injuries but failed to make it into any finals.  Jackie Masehi-Lano scored points in the finals of 100 & 200 fly and set a new school record in the longer event. Relays played a big role as the men’s 400 Medley Relay D Q’ed and there was no way to make up the points and Caltech placed 8th.  The last women’s event of the meet the 400 Free Relay. The team of Caitlin Regan – 56.68, Janis Intoy – 59.82, Jackie Masehi-Lano – 55.56, and Margaux Lopez – 58.48 set a school records and a seventh place finish to hold La Verne at bay 157 – 151 (the same team also set a new school mark in the 800 free relay)


Swim and Scuba student Andrea Ghez (PhD 92’) is winner of the (super impressive) Crafoord Prize which recognizes extraordinary achievement in mathematics and astronomy.  Andrea is currently the Leichtman & Levine Professor of Astrophysics at UCLA and you can view her TED lecture.  Andrea will be flying to Sweden soon to receive her award. Kudos to Dr. Ghez.

Jordan Holt (89’ Swimmer & Water Polo Player) and his wonderful wife and family stopped by to check out the campus.  His good looking children might be on the verge of committing to Caltech.  Jordan is up in Portland, OR with fellow techer Boyd Bangander.  

David Bruning (86’ Swimmer & Water Polo Player) and his wonderful wife and family took a trip from Maryland to California.  After a visit to Caltech they traveled up the coast and over to Yosemite.  I think his kids Ben & Rachel had a great time in California.  Maybe Caltech is in their future.


Swim Team got a national honor – picked as the very top academic swim team in the nation (ahead of the Ivy’s, Stanford and the Rest) from all the divisions I, II and III colleges.  With a big team and a total GPA of 3.60 this is very impressive at any school, but knowing how hard Thermal and Quadratic Equitations are -- WOW!!

Speaking of the Ivys – high school senior Emma Dodd will be attending Brown University in Rhode Island.  She will be studying Geophysics and playing Water Polo for Brown. Watch out all you Alumni on the East Coast.

Next year Jim Blackwood is coming to Caltech to joining CIT senior brother Jack on the swim/water polo teams.  More swimming siblings Dave 85’ – Larry Watkins 74’, Dan 07’ – Tom Oliver 09’, Cillia 08 – Panna Felsen 10’, Beth 03’ – Mary Doman 08’, Jerry 09’ – Tommy Kwong 13’, Casey 99, Emma 02’ and Toby Huang 04’.  (we want more)   

Any Page Alumni in the Pasadena Area – Page Alumni Dinner is coming up May 17th.  (they need you) (Contact Page House President off the web)

Dr. Auna Moser (triple treat BS, MS and PhD all from Caltech) - passed her candidacy last month and now has her PhD in Applied Physics from Caltech.  She gave a great defense and everyone is so proud of her.  While an undergrad at Caltech Auna played polo, swam and dove on the team.  While working on her Masters she also learned Scuba and later was my Assistant Instructor.  Congratulations and thanks for Auna’s years of support and friendship.  Dr. Moser will be heading to New Mexico for her next big adventure.