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Mackle Wins 400 IM, Cal Poly Women Move Up Six Spots at Invitational

Mackle Wins 400 IM, Cal Poly Women Move Up Six Spots at Invitational

MONTEREY PARK, Calif. – Cal Poly sophomore swimmer Mickey Mackle won an event at the Arena Invitational held at East Los Angeles College on Friday evening, and the Mustangs jumped six spots in the women's team standings after the completion of the middle of the three-day meet.

Mackle claimed the men's 400-yard individual medley title in 3 minutes, 55.85 seconds, earning a team-leading 32 points.

With his first-place finish, the former U.S. Olympic Trials qualifier was able to flip the script of the 200 IM from Thursday, when he came in second to Pacific's Oliver Simkovic. Simkovic was fifth in the 400 distance Friday.

Mackle's time edged that of a teammate, junior Paolo Stanchi, who touched the wall in 3:56.92 for 28 runner-up points. Dustin Bolt, a sophomore, swam in Friday's consolation final of the 400 IM, clocking a 4:03.39 for 10th place, right ahead of junior Tyler Pickett (11th, in 4:05.56) and sophomore Kendall Dunn (13th, 4:07.00).

Four schools were swimming on the men's side at the competition being hosted by UC San Diego, while 11 women's programs are in the water.

Depth in various races lifted the Cal Poly women's squad from 10th place at the start of the day all the way up to fourth by the end of Day 2. Through 23 events, the Mustangs have now compiled 406 points — 62.5 back of Hawai'i. San Diego State (796) and San Jose State (746) are locked in a battle for top honors.

In Friday's women's 400-yard IM, Mustang senior Amanda Maffris finished eighth, in 4:30.67. Sophomore teammate Nicole Antoniuk was ninth, winning the consolation final at 4:27.29. Additionally, freshman Jessi Modlich followed in 11th at 4:31.45.

Sophomore Gabby Lindblad (pictured at right) also put forth an eighth-place performance, recording a 1:05.70 in the 100 breaststroke.

In the 200 free, senior Jill Jones added an 11th-place finish, with a time of 1:51.03. Senior Rachel Cleak led the Mustangs in the consolation final of the 100 butterfly, thanks to a 13th-place finish at 56.74.

Meanwhile, back on the men's side, Caleb Davies led Cal Poly in the 100 breaststroke, touching the wall sixth, at 57.64. (Dunn was 11th, in 58.56.) Impressively, for the second day in a row, Davies also swam a 50-yard relay split in less than 20 seconds. The freshman sprinted to a 19.78-second anchor time, helping to bring the Mustangs to a fourth-place 200 medley showing (1:32.57).

Senior Adrian Brynnel finished eighth in the men's 200 free, at 1:44.87. Sophomore Sonny Fierro swam in the consolation final, finishing 10th (at 1:40.81), just ahead of freshman Jack Jenner's 12th-place 1:41.32.

Freshman Blake Motal represented the Mustangs in the championship final of the 100 fly, with an eighth-place swim of 52.13. Fellow freshman Austin Cunniff finished 12th at 52.07.

The Cal Poly men are in fourth with a team score of 733, just six points shy of Pacific for third. Hawai'i resides atop the field with 1,131.

Just as with the first two installments of the meet, Saturday's stage will begin at 9 a.m. with prelims, before finals scheduled for 5 p.m.