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Fierro Leads Cal Poly on Final Day of Pac-12 Championships

Fierro Leads Cal Poly on Final Day of Pac-12 Championships


FEDERAL WAY, Wash. – Sonny Fierro posted a top-10 finish Wednesday night for the Cal Poly men's swimming team on the final day of the Pac-12 Championships at Weyerhaeuser King County Aquatic Center.

Fierro (right), a freshman, earned nine points for the Mustangs in the team standings by placing ninth in the 1,650-yard freestyle at 15 minutes, 27.62 seconds. His time met the provisional standard in qualifying for the NCAA Championships (15:30.39). Fierro joined three other Mustangs who also clocked provisionally qualifying times in their respective events earlier during the four-day meet. At-large selections for the national championships will be announced March 13.

Two Cal Poly juniors also tallied points in the 1,650 free Wednesday: Adrian Brynnel, who was 14th in 15:41.37 to add three points; and Konrad Antoniuk, who came in 15th place at 15:46.01 for two points.

Mustang freshmen Dustin Bolt (20th place at 15:55.67) and Alan Peterson (21st at 16:09.23) also advanced to the finals in the event.

Cal Poly's Mickey Mackle scored two points in the 200 breaststroke by finishing in 15th place at 2:02.62. Jimmy Deiparine (in 17th at 2:00.96) and Simon Van Hees (22nd at 2:04.5) also advanced beyond the prelims.

In the 200 backstroke, Paolo Stanchi finished 20th at 1:48.98, and Johnny Dodero (22nd at 1:52.6) and Jeff Allison (24th at 1:53.41) also swam in the same finals heat.

Aaron McKinnon added a 21st-place finish in the 100 freestyle at 45.34 seconds. USC junior Vladimir Morozov, who won a bronze medal as part of a Russian relay team at the 2012 Olympics, highlighted the day by setting a meet record at 41.38, the fastest time in the nation this season.

Cal Poly's Luca Casimiro placed 24th in the 200 butterfly finals at 1:51.98.

The Mustangs wrapped up the meet by finishing eighth in the 400 free relay at 3:03.01, picking up 22 points.

Cal Poly, competing in its third Pac-12 finals meet since joining the conference, finished in eighth place with 112 points. No. 2 California snapped No. 7 Stanford's streak of 31 consecutive conference championships by claiming the title with 825 points (edging the Cardinal's 800).

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.