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Three Cal Poly Swimmers Post NCAA Times at Pac-12 Finals

Three Cal Poly Swimmers Post NCAA Times at Pac-12 Finals


FEDERAL WAY, Wash. – Three Cal Poly swimmers met provisionally qualifying cutoff standards for the NCAA Championships on the third day of the men's Pac-12 Championships on Tuesday night at Weyerhaeuser King County Aquatic Center.

Mackey Hopen had the highest finish for the Mustangs, placing 12th in the 100-yard breaststroke in 54.28 seconds (the provisional-qualifying time is 55.39). The sophomore, who broke his own school record in the event, earned five points in the team standings.

Fellow sophomore Jimmy Deiparine was close behind Hopen in the race and also met the cutoff, finishing 14th in 54.63 to pick up three points.

Also competing in the finals of the 100 breaststroke were teammates Simon Van Hees (21st place at 57.13 seconds) and Omar Dwidar (23rd at 58.28).

In the 400 IM, Cal Poly sophomore Paolo Stanchi also met the provisionally qualifying standard for the national championship meet (3:54.49), finishing in 18th place at 3:51.91.

Three other Mustangs also swam in the finals of the 400 IM: Mickey Mackle, who came in 19th place at 3:54.83; Tyler Pickett, who placed 23rd at 4:04.03; and Dustin Bolt, who finished 24th at 4:04.33.

Two Cal Poly freshmen advanced to the finals in both the 100 backstroke and 100 butterfly. In the 100 backstroke, Jeff Allison finished 18th at 51.48 seconds, followed by Johnny Dodero in 19th at 52.81. In the 100 fly, Allison was 19th at 50.16, followed by Luca Casimiro in 22nd at 50.49.

At-large selections for the national championships will be announced March 13.

Heading into the final day of Pac-12 competition, Cal Poly is in eighth place with 74 points. No. 2 California, looking to win its third national title in a row, is in first with 583 points. A recap of the meet will be shown on the Pac-12 Networks at 9 a.m. Sunday, followed by an encore presentation airing at 8 p.m.