Caltech Lands High-Impact Recruit: Catherine Deng of Santa Clara Swim Club

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Caltech has picked up Santa Clara Swim Club’s Catherine Deng for fall 2021.

I am thrilled to announce my commitment to the California Institute of Technology! As a student and a swimmer, the opportunity to engage with the best of both worlds is a dream come true. I feel tremendously grateful to join such a warm, well-coached team, to experience the unparalleled academics and opportunities that Caltech offers, and to be a part of the close, collaborative community fostered both in the pool and in the classroom. I want to thank my coaches, family and friends for their unconditional support. I look forward to next four years! Go Beavers!


  • 100 fly – 56.54
  • 200 fly – 2:06.60
  • 50 free – 24.72
  • 100 free – 53.06
  • 200 free – 1:55.52
  • 100 breast – 1:07.52
  • 100 back – 58.02
  • 200 IM – 2:07.22

Deng is a versatile talent, with strengths in the butterfly and IM events. She clocked lifetime bests in the 50 free, 200 free and 200 IM in February 2020, shortly before the pandemic began.

During the 2019-20 season, Deng would’ve been a star for Caltech; she would’ve topped the roster in the 100 free, 200 free, 100 breast, 100 fly (by over five seconds), 200 fly, 200 IM and 400 IM.

Caltech finished ninth out of ten teams at the 2020 SCIAC Championships. Deng is the kind of commit that can change that for them, though; she would’ve made SCIAC A-finals last year in the 200 IM, 400 IM, 100 fly, 100 breast, 100 back and 200 fly.

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About Karl Ortegon

Karl Ortegon

Karl Ortegon studied sociology at Wesleyan University in Middletown, CT, graduating in May of 2018. He began swimming on a club team in first grade and swam four years for Wesleyan.

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