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Fierro Breaks Own School Record in 500 Free at Pac-12 Championships

Fierro Breaks Own School Record in 500 Free at Pac-12 Championships

FEDERAL WAY, Wash. — Cal Poly swimmer Sonny Fierro advanced to the championship final for the 500-yard freestyle at the Pac-12 Conference Championships on Thursday night, and he did so in record-breaking fashion.

Competing on the second of four days at Weyerhaeuser King County Aquatic Center, the sophomore touched the wall in 4 minutes, 19.5 seconds.

His prelims time eclipsed his old school record of 4:21.32, which was set Dec. 5 at the AT&T Winter National Championships at Tennessee. It also edged Utah sophomore Bence Kiraly and Stanford senior Bryan Offutt to secure the sixth spot heading into the finals.

In the evening race, Fierro (pictured at right) finished eighth, at 4:24.41, to pick up 11 points in the team column.

It was the second day in a row in which Fierro accounted for at least part of a program record, as he swam a leg for the 800 free relay squad that finished in 6:36.84 on Wednesday night.

Also on Thursday, fellow sophomore Mickey Mackle met a goal in the 200 individual medley. His time of 1:48.56 in the C final of the event met the B standard in qualifying for the upcoming NCAA Championships.

The Mustangs closed the night with a seventh-place finish in the 200 free relay, as freshman Caleb Davies, junior Mackey Hopen, and freshmen Blake Motal and Cody Tanabe combined to swim a 1:21.49 for 24 points.

After the first seven events, Cal Poly is in eighth place with 79 points. The meet will go through Saturday night, with prelims scheduled for 11 a.m. and finals beginning at 6 p.m. both remaining days.

An hour-and-a-half presentation of the championships will be televised on the Pac-12 Network at 7:30 p.m. March 10.

Photo by Ian Billings