Caltech Men’s Swim & Dive Opens SCIAC’s with Relay Laden Thursday

Article and Photo courtesy of CALTECH The Caltech men’s swimming & diving team opened the 2020 SCIAC Championships with the 200 Medley Relay and 800 Free Relay events and accrued seventh and sixth-place finishes respectively from its top combinations. The 800 Free Relay saw the Beavers’ ‘A’ team swim to a dead heat with Chapman […]

Article and Photo courtesy of CALTECH

The Caltech men’s swimming & diving team opened the 2020 SCIAC Championships with the 200 Medley Relay and 800 Free Relay events and accrued seventh and sixth-place finishes respectively from its top combinations.

The 800 Free Relay saw the Beavers’ ‘A’ team swim to a dead heat with Chapman University as each team touched the wall for the final time in 7:04.34. Junior Adam Kogan (Clifton Park, N.Y. / Shenendehowa East) anchored the ‘A’ team and teamed with three freshmen: Nathan McAlister (Reno, Nev. / Davidson Academy), George Wythes (Solana Beach, Calif. / Torrey Pines) and Joshua Lee (Santa Clarita, Calif. / Valencia). Together, the Beavers’ youthful quartet improved on the team’s top time in the event this year by 11 seconds. Meanwhile, Caltech’s ‘B’ team consisting of sophomore Timothy Yao (Thousand Oaks, Calif. / Dougherty Valley), Thomas Barrett (Chatham, N.J. / Chatham), Rafael Santiago (Manila, Philippines / Phillipine Science) along with freshman Isaac Smith (Tuscaloosa, Ala. / Northridge) took 15th overall and bumped up the team’s top ‘B’ time in 2020 to 7:13.97.

The all-freshman combination of Daniel Nee (Wayland, Mass. / Wayland) (Back), Lee (Breast), Shoonhsin Li (Horseheads, N.Y. / Horseheads) (Fly) and Reid Banciella (Miami, Fla. / MAST Academy) (Free) represented Caltech in the 200 Medley. The first-years swam to a 1:35.26 in their SCIAC Championships debut, taking seventh in the ‘A’ Final. The ‘B’ team consisting of Wythes, sophomore Jeffrey Ma (San Jose, Calif. / Bellarmine College Prep), junior JD Walker (Grand Blanc, Mich. / Grand Blanc) and Barrett took fifth among ‘B’ teams and finished the race in 1:38.03. Through the first two relay events, the Beavers are tied with the Panthers for sixth-place but will have an abundance of opportunities to make up ground as the weekend progresses.

Head Coach Andy Brabson and the Beavers will return to action on Friday, February 21 with preliminaries for the 500 Free, 200 IM, 50 Free, and 200 Free Relay at 9 a.m. in the Brenda Villa Aquatic Center.

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