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Spivey, Cleak, de Peralta Lead Cal Poly on Day 1 of Mustang Invitational

Spivey, Cleak, de Peralta Lead Cal Poly on Day 1 of Mustang Invitational

SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. – The Cal Poly women's swimming and diving team got out to a comfortable lead on the first day of competition at the Mustang Invitational held at Anderson Aquatic Center on Friday afternoon.

Through the initial 32 events, the host Mustangs were in front with a score of 1,107 team points, ahead of Pepperdine's 624 and Azusa Pacific's 556.

Cal Poly senior Taylor Spivey won the women's 1,650-yard freestyle in 17:50.38, more than a half-minute ahead of the runner-up, freshman teammate Karoline Eckhart (18:23.23). Later in the day, Spivey also finished first in the 500 free, with a time of 5:13.82.

Rachel Cleak also won multiple races for the Mustangs. The senior touched the wall first in both the 100 butterfly (in 58.33 seconds) and the 50 fly (26.76). Additionally, sophomore Allison de Peralta won both the 50 backstroke (in 27.49 seconds) and the 100 back (59.14).

Both de Peralta and Cleak, each of whom were All-Mountain Pacific Sports Federation honorees a year ago, swam legs for the victorious 200 medley relay team (1:49.35).

Senior diver Sami McIntyre won on the women's 1-meter board with a score of 237.60, ahead of two Waves challengers in second and third.

Other Mustangs went 1-2-3 in the 3-meter diving competition, as senior Meaghan O'Meara posted a score of 236.10; sophomore Grace Greenwood had a 226.90, and sophomore Jean Bonsall put up a 191.50.

The Cal Poly men were competing on an intrasquad basis and scored an opening-day 391.

Jimmy Deiparine won the 50 breaststroke in 26.41 seconds. The junior then finished the day by also claiming first in the 100 breast at 58.96.

Similar to Spivey's performance, sophomore distance specialist Ian Sinclair also posted the best time in the men's 1,650 free by a safe margin, in 16:02.87, ahead of senior Adrian Brynnel's second-place 16:28.12.

Cody Tanabe, a freshman who came to Cal Poly after twice earning high school NISCA/Speedo All-American honors in the 100 fly, was second in that event Friday, in 52.79 seconds (just 0.39 behind sophomore Mickey Mackle). Afterward, Tanabe won the 50 fly, finishing in 23.96.

In the men's 1-meter dive, junior Elliott Adams' score of 266.55 edged freshman teammate Paul Fischetti's 252.60.

The meet will conclude with a 10 a.m. start Saturday.