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Mackle, Jones Lead Mustangs at King & Queen of the Pool

Mackle, Jones Lead Mustangs at King & Queen of the Pool


SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. – Cal Poly opened its swimming and diving season Friday by hosting California for the King & Queen of the Pool meet, an annual pentathlon held at Anderson Aquatic Center.

The meet features a format in which swimmers compete in five 100-yard events: the butterfly, backstroke, breaststroke, freestyle and individual medley. The times from each of those strokes are added up to total a final cumulative time.

For the second year in a row, Mickey Mackle posted the top time for the Cal Poly men. Mackle, a sophomore, clocked an aggregate time of 4:28.36, finishing in 12th place overall for the day and improving upon his 4:31.47 from last year.

Meanwhile, Jill Jones, a senior, paced the Mustang women's squad with a time of 5:04.3 on Friday, in 17th overall.

Close behind Mackle, Cal Poly junior Paolo Stanchi tied for 13th place at 4:29.13. Freshman Cody Tanabe touched the wall in a combined 4:32.22, for 16th. Also leading the Mustangs were junior Jimmy Deiparine (at 4:35.62), junior Mackey Hopen (4:41.44) and sophomore Sonny Fierro (4:42.33). Deiparine had the overall second-best breaststroke time of the day from either team, at 57.26 seconds.

On the women's side, sophomore Allison de Peralta (5:08.43) was next for Cal Poly, in 20th overall, trailed closely by another sophomore, Gabby Lindblad (5:09.23). Lindblad posted the overall eighth-best breaststroke time of the day, at 1:08.59.

Additionally, Jessi Modlich, a freshman, also helped to pace the Mustangs by finishing in a total 5:14.9, just ahead of teammates Madeline Pendleton, a freshman (at 5:16.77), and Amanda Maffris, a senior (5:16.98).

In the water for Cal's women's team, freshman Celina Li won the overall queen title with a 4:43.10, barely edging the 4:43.22 of Golden Bear teammate Missy Franklin, a freshman who won four gold medals at the 2012 Olympic Games in London. Franklin, making her collegiate debut, had the best freestyle time of the day, at 49.43 seconds, while Li — who's also a U.S. National Team member — won the fly, breaststroke and IM on Friday.

The Golden Bear women were the national runner-up last year after claiming NCAA titles in 2009, 2011 and 2012. Cal's men's team won national championships in 2011 and 2012, and finished as the runner-up both last year and in 2010.

Cal freshman Ryan Murphy claimed overall men's king distinction on Friday with a 4:13.11.

About 50 student-athletes swam for each team.

On Saturday, the programs reconvened for a brief set of mixed 200-yard relays.

In the freestyle event, Tanabe, Alisha Bender, Jones and Hopen finished in 1:32.84 for fourth place, just behind a third-place Cal squad (1:32.08) that featured Rachel Bootsma, who won a gold medal at the 2012 Olympics for the 400 medley relay in London.

The medley race also saw the Mustangs finish in fourth, as de Peralta, Deiparine, Stanchi and Modlich clocked a 1:43.82.

The Mustangs will continue their season by hosting the Green & Gold intrasquad exhibition at 10 a.m. Sept. 28, followed by an alumni meet at 9 a.m. Oct. 5, before returning to competitive-season swims by hosting Denver, Hawai'i and UC Santa Barbara all day Oct. 25-26.