SATURDAY'S CHAMPIONSHIP SCORES
MONTEREY PARK, Calif. – The Cal Poly swim program put the finishing touches on multiple Top-5 school records at the four-day Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Championships, including shattering the 400-yard free relay mark on Saturday at East Los Angeles College which had stood since 2011.
The quartet of juniors Caleb Davies and Jack Jenner, sophomore Nolan Newland and freshman Dominic Dalpiaz recorded a time of 2:58.52 during the finals of the 400 free relay to deliver the best time in the event in school history (the previous best was 2:58.66).
Overall, the Cal Poly men's side finished fifth overall with 492 total points, while the women's side delivered a seventh-place showing with 234 points.
Individually, Cal Poly captured eight Top-5 program finishes on Saturday during both the prelims and finals, including sophomore Sage Speak who delivered a fourth-place showing in the women's 200 breast finals with a time of 2:15.56. Speak's mark – also a 'B' standard qualifying time in the event – is good for the second-best time in program history.
Cal Poly sophomore Zach Cootes (pictured) produced a school-record tying men's 200 fly mark of 1:48.28 in the finals, which ties him with Justin deDianous (who recorded the same time in 2015). Cootes finished sixth overall during the finals portion of the event and it bettered his prelims time of 1:48.61 earlier in the day.
Cal Poly sophomore Bonnie Diamond recorded the program's all-time No. 2 mark in the 1,650 free after recording 17:00.56 in the event during preliminary action. Diamond bumped Tania Ziegert from the second position, which had been held since 1990 (17:00.97).
Cal Poly freshman Archie Mitchell wrapped up his championship resume with a fifth-place finish in the 200 back during the preliminary round with a mark of 1:47.26, good for No. 2 in program history. Mitchell unseats Paolo Stanchi (1:48.00 in 2013) for second place all-time.
During championship action on Saturday, a pair of Mustangs cemented their names in the Top-5, including freshman Dominic Dalpiaz (44.93 in the 100 free, good for No. 4) and senior Mickey Mackle (2:00.81 in the 200 breast, also good for No. 4). Dalpiaz finished eighth overall in the prelims event, while Mackle took home fourth in the finals.
To view all of Saturday's scores and events, click HERE.
Cal Poly now turns its focus to the Zone E Diving Championships from March 7-9, as sophomore Lauren Pierce has qualified for the Mustangs. The NCAA Championships run from March 17-19 (women's) and March 24-26 (men's) at the Georgia Tech Aquatic Center.