Huge Improvement for Brown as Swim/Dive Hosts CMS, Whittier

Huge Improvement for Brown as Swim/Dive Hosts CMS, Whittier

PASADENA, Calif. (Jan. 24, 2015) – Freshman Robin Brown posted an incredible 33-point improvement on the 1-meter diving board as the Caltech women's swimming and diving team hosted Claremont-Mudd-Scripps Colleges and Whittier College on Saturday.

The Athenas recorded a 247-25 win over the Beavers, while the Poets posted a 220-31 win.

Sophomore Zofii Kaczmarek (New York, N.Y. / Stuyvesant) started things off with a fifth-place finish on the 3-meter diving board, smashing her total from last week by 20 points with an incredibly consistent performance as she scored between 22.5-28.5 across her entire six-dive list.

The 200 Medley Relay team of junior Grace Lee (Artesia, Calif. / Gretchen Whitney), senior Shalini Majumdar (Orinda, Calif. / Miramonte), junior Alex Ilic (Austin, Texas / Westlake) and sophomore Kate Evans (Suwanee, Ga. / Lambert) opened the swim portion scoring two points in either meet, with Ilic and Evans coming right back to combine for three in the 200 Free.  Lee picked up two points in the 100 Back and freshman Katherine Guo (Naperville, Ill. / Neuqua Valley) matched her in the 100 Breast an event later.  Ilic and Lee added another three points in the 50 Free, with Lee dropping another .30 from last week, and both Lee and Evans turned right around to take three more points in the 100 Free.  Guo tacked on another two in the 200 Breast before Ilic recorded the Beavers' best finish of the day, edging out one of two Poets in the 200 IM to earn four points in that matchup.

"It was good to see Alex score a chunk of points for the second week in a row," Head Coach Jack Leavitt said.

The 1-meter diving closed out the meet for Caltech, with Kaczmarek and Brown placing sixth and seventh to earn a combined three points against CMS and five vs. Whittier.  Kaczmarek built on her strong morning with another 17-point improvement over last week, posting her best score of the day (28.8) on both her inward somersault and reverse somersault.  Brown also crushed her total from the week prior, totaling 130 points.

"It was a fun meet, especially with Robin achieving such an impressive 130 points," Diving Coach Ute Zimmerman said.  "With the season moving onward, our dives and scores are building.  The hard work continues to pay off."

Leavitt and the Beavers will return to the pool for their final away meet at Chapman University on Saturday, Jan. 31.


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