COMMERCE, Calif. (Feb. 22, 2019) – Freshman Isabel Swafford (Boise, Idaho / Boise) re-set her own program record in the 50 Free and played a role on another record-setting relay as Caltech women's swim & dive stayed in a tight three-team race at sixth place on Day Two of the SCIAC Championships.
The Beavers' 151 points have them just 15 shy of the University of Redlands in fifth place and nine ahead of California Lutheran University, while 38 clear of eighth-place University of La Verne and and 30 points ahead of last year's pace.
Swafford lowered her own program record in the 50 Free during the morning prelim session, just sneaking into the 'A' final heat with a 24.34 to guarantee 12 points for Caltech. Senior Brittany Percin (Lake Tahoe, Calif. / Stanford Online) also placed 16th in the 'B' final, recording a new personal-best time of 24.49 during prelims. Caltech also picked up points with an eighth-place finish on the 'A' 200 Free Relay and 17th in the 'B' heat.
The pair teamed with senior Gemma Takahashi (San Jose, Calif. / Leland) and sophomore Jessica Sun (York, Pa. / Red Lion Area Sr.) to time trial a 200 Free Relay after the prelim session, as the former three are already maxed out as scorers in the other four relays. The quartet did not disappoint, shaving three seconds off the previous record with a 1:40.60.
Graduate student Danica Adams (Novato, Calif. / UC Berkeley) also time-trialed a wildly successful 500 Free swim, notching the second-fastest time (5:11.61) in program history that was a three-second personal-best and would have been good for the fourth seed in the 'A' final.
The Beavers experience mixed results earlier in the day, with highlights including freshman Olivia Grobowsky (Houston, Texas / Westwide) trimming seven seconds from her season-best time in the 500 Free (5:28.18) while sophomore Stella Wang (Greensboro, N.C. / N.C. School of Science & Math) made her debut in the event with a solid 5:39.76.
Takahashi nearly made some noise in the 200 IM, swimming the seventh-fastest opening 100 yards of the entire field, but was unable to close fast enough to make it back to finals, still posting a respectable 2:16.68. Freshman Isabella Dula (Tuscaloosa, Ala. / Maggie L. Walker) followed that up with an eight-second drop for a 2:18.39 before a trio of Beavers posted drops in the 50 Free, led by a full two-second improvement for freshman Yuying Lin (Scarborough, Canada / Victoria Park C.I.).
Head Coach Andy Brabson and the Beavers are back in action tomorrow morning, with Day 3 of the Championships beginning at 9 a.m.