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Cal Poly Almost Sweeps Pepperdine in 181-111 Win

Cal Poly Almost Sweeps Pepperdine in 181-111 Win

SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. — Led by a trio of individual multi-winners, the Cal Poly women's swimming and diving team nearly swept Pepperdine on Saturday morning, claiming 14 of the 16 events on the way to a 181-111 rout at Anderson Aquatics Center.

In diving, Mustang sophomore Lauren Pierce took the 1-meter competition by compiling a score of 249.95 (ranking No. 2 in school history on the current scoring format implemented in 2000-01).

Pierce then also tallied a career-best performance on the 3-meter board: 279.00 (not only good enough for the No. 3 spot on the program's all-time leaderboard, but also just one point away from the NCAA Zone E Championships-qualifying cutoff).

Pierce is looking to become the third Cal Poly diver since the 2013-14 season to advance to regionals.

Also for Cal Poly, junior sprinter Dani Orlandi won the 50-yard freestyle with a time of 24.35 seconds, as well as the 100 butterfly in 58.09.

Bonnie Diamond, a sophomore, also touched the wall ahead of the rest of the field twice: first in the 200 free (at 1:54.74) and then in the 200 individual medley (2:08.56).

Other Mustang victors included:

- Alisha Bender in the 100-yard backstroke (at 59.24 seconds)
- Belen Enguidanos in the 200 fly (2:04.42)
- Madeleine Hummel in the 1,000 free (10:43.41)
- Emily Imfeld in the 100 free (53.23)
- Meghan Merlihan in the 500 free (5:10.34)
- Elizabeth Peterson in the 200 back (2:11.69)

In the relays, Cal Poly won the 400 medley (thanks to Caitlin Cox, Sage Speak, Taylor Guy and Imfeld) by clocking a 3:55.40 and the 200 free (via Eliza Quah, Bender, Orlandi and Guy) after combining for a 1:39.88.

It all amounted to the second dual blowout of the Waves in as many years, following 2014's 161-120 home result.

The Mustang men and women will now train for a busy stretch ahead slated for Nov. 19-22, featuring both the A3 Performance Invitational (swims-only) in Monterey Park and the Wildcat Diving Invite hosted by Arizona.