May 2013 Aquatics Alumni Update

Caltech Swimming Newsletter                   
May 4, 2013

Welcome a New member to the Caltech Family

Florenece Noelle Thomas was born at 5:51 pm on May 1st at a height of 22 inches and weighing 8 pounds, 5 ounces. Florenece's mom is Caltech Assistant Swim Coach Claire Thomas who just received her Caltech PhD in Geological & Planetary Sciences.  Dad is PhD candidate Daniel Thomas majoring in Chemistry and Chemical Engineering.  Parents and baby are all doing well.  Little Florenece is leaning toward the field of Astrophysics with a minor in sleeping.  Congrats to all.

Coach Josh Moser Party
Friday May 10th we are all getting together to say a heartfelt thanks to Josh Moser for his 5 years coaching the men's & women's water polo program.  Josh has been a great coach to work with these quick five years. His fellow coaches and the swim coach in particular, along with the polo players will miss him a lot and want to extend our biggest thanks to Coach Moser.  10:30a.m. until noon in front of the Braun Gym.

Coach Dodd's Retirement Party & Alumni Reunions & Seminar Day
Thursday May 16th are special events and tours - on & off campus. Call the Caltech Alumni Association for a full list of events and tours.

Friday May 17th we still have Coach Dodd's Retirement Party at the pool (where else). Aloha Theme (what else) from 5:00 to 7:30pm.  Do not forget to call the lovely Lisa Beach in the athletic Department (626) 395- 3250 and let her know you are coming.  Burger Continental afterward too. WOW!
Tom Mannon is have a Caltech cocktail party 10:00pm until 2:00am. (way to go Tom)

Saturday May 18th. A full day of talks and discussions with fellow Caltech Alumni and Professors about cutting edge research and innovation.  House Reunions.

Sunday May 19th.  More Reunions and selected events.

Register online    

Swimmer Catherine Xie wins the Cambridge Fellowship

Catherine Bingchan Xie, a senior Bioengineering major and English minor at Caltech, has been selected to receive a Gates Cambridge Scholarship, which will fund her graduate studies at the University of Cambridge for the next academic year. Xie, a Canadian citizen, is one of 51 new international recipients selected from a pool of more than 4,000 applicants based not only on intellectual ability, but also on leadership capacity and a commitment to improving the lives of others.  Catherine swam for three of her four year Caltech career.  She missed her senior swimming year to bear-down on her graduate school applications and her hard work paid off with the exciting opportunity to study at Cambridge, England.
"I'm so excited that Catherine has been chosen to receive this fellowship," says Athena Castro, director of the Caltech Y. "I just love her. She's enthusiastic, dedicated, positive, thoughtful, and committed."  

Coach Dodd echoes Ms. Castro observation of Catherine.  She always gave her best to every swim meet and every race.  All her teammates and coaching staff want to congratulate Catherine on this high honor.

Xie says she is thankful to everyone who has contributed to her experience at Caltech. "My achievements wouldn't have been possible without people giving me opportunities, encouraging me, and providing me with feedback, allowing me to grow as a scientist and as an individual," she says. "Caltech has shown me that intellectual curiosity and passion are vital driving forces behind finding innovative solutions that will have a meaningful impact on solving issues that confront society."

The 51 newly announced international scholars will join 39 new American Gates Cambridge Scholars. The Gates Cambridge Scholarship program was established in 2000 through a donation from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to the University of Cambridge. Xie is the sixth Caltech undergraduate student to receive the fellowship.

Four New Coaches Dropped By
Last week four coaches dropped by to interview for the open water polo and swim coach positions.  We had two swim coaches and two polo coaches come by Caltech.  That week was one of the nicest days to be in Pasadena, California.  The weather was warm but not hot and the flowers were all in bloom.  Athlete Director Betsy Mitchell is in the last stages of picking Caltech's new coaches. 

Greg Schenter class of '81
One of the highlights of the year was a great email I received from Greg Schenter.  Greg brought up a lot of fond memories for his Caltech Water Polo experiences and all the laughs they produces. Way too much fun.  Greg has raised his two children up in Eastern Washington.  He works in the Hanford Nuclear Plant.  It was so good to hear from him.

Swimming Awards Dinner

The swim team travel to "Old Town Pasadena" to have dinner at the Buco de Beppo.  The food and company was great.  The coaching staff of Meg Campbell, Claire Thomas, and Ute Zimmerman did such a great job of coaching a fine Caltech squad that amassed 7 wins and 6 new school records.  

Campbell Trophy - Ben Grabowski (Super diver - placed 4th at SCIAC on both 1m & 3m)
Martha Wayne Trophy - Jacqueline Masehi-Lano (She broke 4 records this year & high point scorer)
Outstanding Frosh (female) - Alexandra Ilic (She was a great find and continued to improved a lot)
Outstanding Frosh (male) - Kevin Yu (2 school records - 100 & 200 Fly that were 32 years old)
Tough as Nails (female) - Jacqueline Masehi-Lano Her 200 fly 2:08.78 was truly remarkable, just .5 off the NCAA Standard
Tough as Nails (male) - David Flicker (Did the most fly during the season and made the most morning workouts)

New Captains - Iris Lui, Jacqueline Masehi-Lano, Misha Raffiee, CJ Culpepper and Ben Grabowski

At the Awards Dinner

Coach Claire Thomas gave Coach Dodd the greatest gift of all   --  drum roll ---- a Gmail account.  This will be what I use after I leave Caltech. Do NOT lose it and everyone must email me often -  

I will began checking it after May 17th on a regular schedule because Claire is awesome!