The swim and dive teams finished the last of their dual meets Saturday against Caltech. The men’s team lost, 172-72, and the women’s team lost, 173-121.
The meet was carried out quickly as each event went back-to-back with only two 30-minute breaks in between.
“I think we’ve had better dual meets,” senior Rachel Fox said.
Despite the team loss, several swimmers stood out in individual events.
Senior Brandon Pon, who was All-SCIAC in 2018 was voted the SCIAC Athlete of the Week for the week of Jan. 21, took three first places in the 1,000, 200 and 500 freestyles.
“If I had to choose, the (200) free was my best event today,” Pon said.
Two of those wins by Pon were neck and neck, being won by only two to three seconds.
In the 200, Pon finished with a final time 1:47.95 compared to Caltech freshman Thomas Barrett with time of 1:49.91.
In the 500 freestyle his final time was 4:50.31 versus Caltech’s sophomore Adam Kogan with a time of 4:53.68.
Also for the men’s team, senior C.J. Woodward took first place in the 50 butterfly with a final time of 24.32 seconds.
For the women’s team, freshman Alondra Camacho took first place in the 50 and 100 backstroke events with final times of 29.55 seconds and 1:03.93 respectively.
Junior Roxy Ramirez-Recinos also had a close win in the 500 freestyle by .8 seconds with a final time of 5:35.05, while senior Kayla Yip was first in the 100 individual medley with a final time 1:05.68.
“I think we are all hoping for best times and I think compared to last year were hoping to improve on our rankings,” Yip said.
Head coach Pat Skehan also commended Camacho and Ramirez for their performances.
“I thought Roxy’s 500 was a really good race, controlled and well raced,” Skehan said. “Freshman Alondra did great with where we’re at.”
Senior Sarah Bartelt was the only diver for the Leopards, where she placed third out of five in the 3-meter diving and 1-meter diving events.
During her second event, her highest score from a panel of three judges was a 7, 8, 7 out of 10 points.
“It’s pretty intense being the only one, you want to keep up your energy, want to keep up your good attitude,” Bartelt said. “I use the other team’s divers and try talk to them and motivate each other. Divers are very encouraging to one another…. but sometimes it can be a little intimidating but I’m pushing through it.”
The next meet for the swim and dive teams will be the SCIAC Championship at the Brenda Villa Aquatic Center in Commerce Feb. 21-24 with prelims at 9 a.m. and finals at 5 p.m.
The diving portion of the championship will be held Feb. 16-17 at Pomona-Pitzer’s Haldeman Pool, with the women’s 1-meter prelims starting at 9:30 a.m. and men’s 3-meter prelims at 2 p.m.
Start times for the finals have yet to be announced.
“You work hard? Conference is like a reward,” Skehan said. “Now you get to rest, you don’t have to swim five races in a day. You get to suit up, you get to shave down and do one or two really great races and that’s a totally different feeling which is very exciting for them.”
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