INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (Mar. 23, 2018) – Junior swimmer Brittany Percin (Lake Tahoe, Calif. / Stanford Online) made a successful debut in the NCAA Division III Swimming & Diving Championships this week, competing in three events and scoring as the SCIAC's top finisher in two out of the three events.
The junior began her week with a 5:09.44 in the women's 500 Free on Wednesday morning, coming within a tenth of a second off her seed time with her final 50 split being her fastest since leading off with a 27.43. Percin went on to swim a 1:52.13 in the 200 Free on Thursday morning. This time, the junior took 21st overall and came just less than one second away from qualifying for the consolation finals. Her final 50 split (28.89) was the second-fastest among non-consolation qualifiers. Percin finished her week by swimming a 2:07.40 in the women's 200 Fly prelims on Friday morning, a near-identical time to her seed time.
"We're so proud of the way Brittany represented Caltech and our program on the national stage," Head Coach Paul Hughes said. "It's a testament to all her hard work and commitment throughout the summer and season. This week was a valuable learning experience for her and will prepare her well for returning to NCAA's next year."
In qualifying for the national meet, Percin became the first Caltech women's swimmer to do so in the NCAA era. The women's team got out of the SCIAC cellar at the conference championship meet last month and with Percin qualifying for NCAA's the Beavers will enter the 2019 season not lacking in momentum.