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Stanchi, Hopen Advance to Finals at AT&T Winter National Championships

Stanchi, Hopen Advance to Finals at AT&T Winter National Championships

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – Two Cal Poly swimmers advanced to the finals at the AT&T Winter National Championships on Friday at Tennessee's Allan Jones Aquatic Center.

In the men's 400-yard individual medley, Paolo Stanchi finished 17th for the Mustangs by clocking a time of 3:55.59. While winning the C finals, the junior took nearly four-and-a-half seconds off his time from the morning's prelims, when he was timed at 4:00.07.

It was the second event of the three-day meet for Stanchi (pictured at right). (He's also entered in the 200 backstroke and 200 breaststroke, which are tentatively scheduled for Saturday at 9:25 and then 10:32 a.m. local time.)

Cal Poly junior Mackey Hopen also advanced for a second swim Friday, coming back in the evening for the 100 breaststroke finals. He finished 24th in 55.64 seconds (not far off his prelims time of 55.21).

Another junior, Jimmy Deiparine, also swam in the 100 breast prelims, coming in 29th with a 55.39.

Mustang senior Amanda Maffris was 26th in the women's 400 IM, with a time of 4:31.16, which earned her alternate status for the finals later in the day.

Rachel Cleak, a fellow senior, finished 43rd in the 100 butterfly, at 56.02.

At the end of the night, the Mustangs had a men's 800 freestyle relay team in the water, as sophomore Sonny Fierro, Stanchi, Deiparine and freshman Caleb Davies combined for a time of 6:44.89, which edged Xavier (6:49.60) for ninth place.

The championships feature five races in which the top seeds came in as American short-course format record-holders.

A live webcast of the 36-event meet continues to be provided at, and an hour-long highlight replay will be televised on NBC at 2 p.m. PST Dec. 21.