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Fierro Sets Another School Record at AT&T Winter National Championships

Fierro Sets Another School Record at AT&T Winter National Championships

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – Cal Poly swimmer Sonny Fierro set his second school record during a three-day span on the finale of the AT&T Winter National Championships, highlighting Saturday morning at Tennessee's Allan Jones Aquatic Center.

The sophomore finished the men's 1,650-yard freestyle in 15 minutes, 6.23 seconds, surpassing the previous all-time program record (15:21.18), which was set by Matthew Waggoner four seasons ago, by nearly 15 seconds.

Fierro (pictured at right), who came in ninth place at the Pac-12 Conference Championships as a freshman in the event, finished 10th Saturday. Michigan senior Connor Jaeger — a sixth-place finisher in the 1,500 meters at the 2012 Olympics — won at 14:39.02.

It was the second year in a row the Mustangs had a miler finish in the top 10 at the meet, as Ian Sinclair did so as a freshman at last season's Texas-hosted competition. The school record-breaking performance Fierro was coming off of on Thursday came in the 500 free (4:21.32).

Also representing Cal Poly during Saturday's prelims, Caleb Davies continued to chip away at his time in the 100-yard freestyle, a race in which the freshman has wasted little time in threatening the school record.

Davies clocked a 36th-place time of 44.82 seconds, one-hundredth off the three-season-standing program record of 44.81 set by former two-time NCAA Championships qualifier Peter Kline.

Davies jumped 26 spots in the results from his seed coming in. The sprint was won by four-time Olympic medalist and American record-holder Nathan Adrian, in 42.03.

Paolo Stanchi swam in his third and fourth events of the meet on Saturday morning. The junior was 27th in the 200 breaststroke (at 2:01.36), and 37th in the 200 backstroke (1:50.54).

Fellow Mustang junior Jimmy Deiparine also competed in the 200 breast, coming in 38th, in 2:03.61.

An hour-long highlight replay of the 36-event meet will be televised on NBC at 2 p.m. Dec. 21.

The Mustangs will next send their divers to the UCLA Diving Invitational from Jan. 10-12, before hosting their last home meet of the year, a dual versus UC Santa Cruz, at noon Jan. 25 in Anderson Aquatic Center.