PASADENA, Calif. (Jan. 17, 2015) – Junior Alexandra Ilic (Austin, Texas / Westlake) picked up a pair of wins over Mills College and sophomore Zofii Kaczmarek (New York, N.Y. / Stuyvesant) took first on both boards as the Caltech women's swimming and diving team dropped a double-dual meet against Mills (117-68) and Occidental College (171-42) on Saturday morning.
"Alex was the highlight today with a couple of big wins against Mills," Head Coach Jack Leavitt said. "I'm really impressed with the work our divers and Ute have done too – they kept us in it early and are a huge part of this team."
Kaczmarek earned the Beavers nine points as the only competitor on the 3-meter board to start the day, nailing her backdive straight for a high score of 33.25. The 200 Medley Relay team took third against Oxy and second vs. Mills, and sophomore Kate Evans (Suwanee, Ga. / Lambert) added a couple points with a sixth-place overall finish in the 200 Free. Junior Grace Lee (Artesia, Calif. / Gretchen Whitney) and freshman Katherine Guo (Naperville, Ill. / Neuqua Valley) followed with points in the 50 Free, with Lee dropping a full second for a personal best.
Ilic stepped up in the 200 IM to beat out Mills' only competitor for nine points, and following another 13 points from Kaczmarek and freshman Robin Brown on the 1-meter board, did it again in the 100 Fly. Kaczmarek once again picked up big points on her backdive straight, while Brown was on pace to smash her previous high score through five dives but fell just short of the 100 mark.
"As any athlete knows, it can be hard to keep full focus when there's no opponent, but the divers did a fabulous job," Diving Coach Ute Zimmerman said. "Zofii really hit a couple of her dives and Robin is working hard to round out her list."
Senior Shalini Majumdar (Orinda, Calif. / Miramar) beat out two Mills swimmers in the 100 Free and Lee and Evans followed with scores in the 100 Back and 500 Free. Majumdar and Guo rounded out the Beavers' entries with points in the 100 Breast.
"We had lot of season and personal bests, especially with some swimming events for the first time this season," Leavitt said. "We put in a lot of work leading into this weekend, and it definitely showed."
Leavitt and the Beavers will host a SCIAC double-dual meet with Claremont-Mudd-Scripps College and Whittier College on Saturday, Jan. 24 at 10:30 a.m. Please note that all home meets will be held at Pasadena City College due to ongoing repairs to the Caltech competition pool.