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Cal Poly Opens Competition at Bruin Diving Invitational

Cal Poly Opens Competition at Bruin Diving Invitational


LOS ANGELES – Cal Poly freshman Paul Fischetti placed in the finals of his event Friday afternoon at the Bruin Diving Invitational, and five other Mustangs competed in the women's prelims during the opening day of the three-day meet being held by UCLA at Spieker Aquatics Center.

Fischetti finished 11th in the men's 3-meter competition, totaling a 12-dive score of 469.15 to edge Wisconsin freshman Dan Cech's 423.25. Fischetti's prelims score of 244.55 was 18.55 ahead of Cal senior Grayson Huston, but Huston came back to jump ahead of him and snare 10th place later in the day.

"Paul dove very well and has gained a lot more confidence in the more difficult dives and is beginning to find his entries," Cal Poly diving coach Erica Stricker said.

USC sophomore Collin Pollard won at 722.75.

On the women's 1-meter board, Grace Greenwood led Cal Poly with a 22nd-place 206.50. The All-Mountain Pacific Sports Federation junior was four spots back of advancing to the championship stage.

The other Mustangs diving in the event were senior Sami McIntyre (in 30th, with a score of 188.60), senior Meaghan O'Meara (34th, 179.25), junior Olivia Salvatore-King (38th, 160.60) and senior Jean Bonsall (39th, 115.75).

"While the scores or places may not show it, they dove very well," Stricker said of all five. "Their diving from before the (winter) break to the diving that I saw today has changed immensely."

"I'm very proud of how they did today," Stricker added. "Yes, there were mistakes, but with about a month left until conference, we'll be able to work through them."

USC junior Haley Ishimatsu, an Olympian in 2008 for the U.S., posted a leading 291.10 in the prelims and went on to win with a total of 590.90.

The nine-team invitational will continue Saturday with women's 3-meter and men's 1-meter prelims starting at 11 a.m.